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The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature [Kindle Edition]

David Suzuki , Amanda McConnell , Adrienne Mason
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Book Description

In this extensively revised and enlarged edition of his best-selling book, David Suzuki reflects on the increasingly radical changes in nature and science — from global warming to the science behind mother/baby interactions — and examines what they mean for humankind’s place in the world. The book begins by presenting the concept of people as creatures of the Earth who depend on its gifts of air, water, soil, and sun energy. The author explains how people are genetically programmed to crave the company of other species, and how people suffer enormously when they fail to live in harmony with them. Suzuki analyzes those deep spiritual needs, rooted in nature, that are a crucial component of a loving world. Drawing on his own experiences and those of others who have put their beliefs into action, The Sacred Balance is a powerful, passionate book with concrete suggestions for creating an ecologically sustainable, satisfying, and fair future by rediscovering and addressing humanity’s basic needs.

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  • File Size: 3234 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Greystone Books; 3rd edition (September 28, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0029U1VG6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,243 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Now in an updated and expanded edition ten years after its initial publication, The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature remains a monumental testimony concerning the repercussions of human society's impact on the natural world, both for the planet and the people living on it. Geneticist and environmentalist David Suzuki reveals how connected and dependent humankind is upon the planet's water, soil, sunlight, and the breath of its vegetation; as well as the threats to the planet's balance ranging from toxic pollution to the impending cataclysm of global warming. Extensive notes and an index round out this powerful treatise concerning the immediate need to rethink human behavior and find a new way to live in balance with the planet's ecosystem. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant!! Should be required reading. August 16, 2008
I only recently stumbled upon this book, so I can't compare it to its previous incarnation. This book is a pleasure to read. It is well researched and includes a wide variety of quotes from literature and science alike. While providing the most coherent "Land Ethic" I've read (better than Wendell Berry and Leopold), it also provides a basic scientific primer for the natural processes of the world.
You will learn from this book, how to live in this world and why you should. But as importantly, it will also provide you a glimpse into other sources to learn more.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading July 29, 2013
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This is the definitive treatise and ecological primer for us lay people who want to understand enough science to make intelligent choices but don't have the necessary background. David Suzuki possesses both the scientific knowledge and the communicative skills to provide what we need. This book should be required reading. Period.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic book December 31, 2013
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I have heard about David Suzukiʻs writings for many years. So glad that Amazon has several of his books available. I love his perspective and really makes you rethink about living on this earth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book so much! December 31, 2013
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What an amazing book! A reminder of how we fit into our environment ... I had seen David Suzuki in the movie "I Am" and was intrigued by his positive spirit and knowing enthusiasm about our planet. Plain spoken but oh so knowledgeable. Thank you, David!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully inspirational! February 13, 2012
This is just the sort of information that is needed by "Green People" today. There were parts of the book, however, that were too technical and difficult to slog through for the average reader--I had to skip over some of those--but the straightforward, urgent message of "save our planet/save ourselves" comes through loud and clear. It's worth reading and re-reading.
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I remember liking a review about Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn; it said something like "I now refer to books as read before of after Ismhael". This is a milestone alike, the written witness that we can live in a different way. A more harmonious one, for ourselves and our kids, and, most importantly, their kids.
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This book should be required reading in high schools. It is written as different essays about individual subjects that all relate back to the main theme: the communion and oneness of nature (not just the organic part, either) and humans. This is a wonderfully enlightening book without being dogmatic or pedantic.
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I'm with you, James. I've got my eye on one book in particular, but I won't buy it for the Kindle if I can't lend it. Hope you're reading this, Amazon. I'm slowly switching back to buying Used for this very reason.
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