Book Review: Reason For Hope by Jane Goodall


Author: Jane Goodall with Phillip Berman
Title: Reason For Hope: A Spiritual Journey
Publication Info: New York, NY : Warner Books, 1999.
ISBN0446522252

Previously Read By Same Author: Through a Window by Jane Goodall

Summary/Review:

Goodall’s autobiography focuses on her life and her faith journey and why she finds reasons for hope even in a world full of cruelty, violence, and environmental destruction.  The first part of the book tells her life story and is a good compliment to Dale Peterson’s biography as it is both more intimate and less detailed.  In the latter chapters Goodall comments on various issues such as animals in medical research, the environment, and remarkable people she’s met through her work.  These parts can get didactic and cliched but overall this is a good book by a remarkable woman.  Through a Window is better if you wish to learn more about Goodall and the chimpanzees of Gombe.

Recommended books: Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Redefined Man by Dale Peterson and Quarks Chaos & Christianity: Questions to Science and Religion by John Polkinghorne.
Rating: ***1/2

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