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Like a Tree: How Trees, Women, and Tree People Can Save the Planet Hardcover – April 1, 2011
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"Read Jean Shinoda Bolen's Like a Tree, and you will never again see one without knowing it has a novel inside, it's supporting your life, and it's more spiritual than any church, temple or mosque. Like a Tree is the rare book that not only informs, but offers a larger consciousness of life itself." -Gloria Steinem
"I'll always remember the sadness I felt several years ago when I drove my little girl to her first day of the new school year, and saw that the huge tree that had always welcomed us as we entered the driveway in front of the school was gone. Upon inquiring about what happened, I was told that the tree had been removed to make way for a new sports field. I couldn't believe how sad I was, or how little my sadness seemed to be shared by other people at the school. It was then that I realized what a profound shift in worldview is necessary in order for us to save the planet. I applaud everyone--including the brilliant and glorious Jean Shinoda Bolen--for helping us make the shift. Bravo, Jean. You make us feel it." -Marianne Williamson
"In this book Jean Bolen expresses the essence of our deep connection to and inseparability from trees. Trees have stood by us humans always; it is the least we can do to protect and save and honor them now. Bolen's thoughts and suggestions for moving forward will, as always, help us see and feel how this might be done. This is a conversation with the Tree tribe not to be missed or dismissed." -Alice Walker
"We shouldn't simply be alarmed by what's happening to our forests, and our other fellow creatures. We should feel sick to our soul. And in this, as Jean Bolen says, women are taking the lead and showing, all over the world, that 'ordinary people' can make a difference--and that if they don't, nobody else will. Altogether, an excellent and timely book." -Colin Tudge, biologist and author of The Tree: A Natural History of What Trees Are, How They Live, and Why They Matter
About the Author
Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst in private practice, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, and an internationally known lecturer. She is the author of numerous books including Goddesses in Everywoman, Urgent Message from Mother: Gather the Women and Save the World, Crones Don't Whine and The Millionth Circle. Visit her at jeanbolen.com.
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This book provides not only a basic understanding of the life processes of various species of trees, but also stories that enhance and enrich my understanding of what I've always felt about trees in general, and a special few in particular. I, like many others, had a special tree under which I sought solace as a child. As an adult trees help anchor me to the natural world, as well as the spiritual world. The author illuminates and validates the magnetic bond between trees and humans. And she clearly illustrates the urgency of protecting trees in order to preserve our place on this beautiful planet.
The book was informative and delightfully readable.
I had to take out three very old diseased trees to do my wild scape habitat for the birds, butterflies, insects, etc. and I planted 5 back, two oaks, one maple, one chokecherry, and one pinion pine. The one blue spruce that I was able to leave is in great shape.
I highly recommend this for reading and thinking about how without trees, man cannot survive. We are intertwined together and depend on trees for survival.
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Will need to revisit this book over time.