Saturday, June 9, 2018

Two Dogs and a Parrot: What Our Animal Friends Can Teach Us About Life Hardcover – October 13, 2015 by Joan Chittister

If you've read Joan Chittister before and own a pet this is a perfect book for you. This is probably Joan's most accessible book and a wide array of readers will appreciate her reflections on the life lessons our pets can teach us. Although still theologically rich you don't need to care about religion or explicitly desire to grow spiritually to appreciate Joan's reflections on how her encounters with three of her pets taught her so much about the human condition, herself and others. The book is a light, quick and easy read but deeply meaningful. Many of her reflections will make you smile and I suspect much of what she writes will ring true with your own life experiences... Joan has a great pulse on what it means to be human, the struggles and the joys.

Joan Chittister, one of our leading inspirational writers, invites us to embrace and celebrate the deep bond between humans and animals. 'Two Dogs and a Parrot' offers both heart-warming stories and thought-provoking reflections about sharing life with an animal companion. The relationships we form with animals—with dogs, cats, horses, birds, rabbits, and other pets—are full of joys and rewards. Our companion animals draw us out of ourselves and show us what it truly means to be alive. They teach us to accept life’s struggles and to cherish its pleasures and the importance of being able to accept ourselves and respect others. They help us to find purpose and meaning in what we do, and to overcome challenges and setbacks. In our treasured animals we observe varying degrees of excitement and play, of love and fear. And we realize their beautiful uniqueness, their sensitivities and strong sense of purpose.

Whether we have an animal companion, long to have a pet or love someone who does, or cherish animals and nature, 'Two Dogs and a Parrot' will speak to us all. It illuminates the significance of sharing our lives with a pet and celebrates the great gift of animals in our world.

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