"A masterpiece, interweaving modern knowledge of animal life and biblical scholarship with a creative imagination. Kowalski offers religious communities an example, based on both knowledge of scripture and of the spirit, of how to treat animals with the dignity they deserve."—Mary Lou Randour, author, Animal Grace
"In a time of ever-increasing specialized knowledge, few among us are wise. As the pages of this beautifully written, empowering book amply attest, Gary Kowalski is one of the few. All who read his words will have much to thank him for."—Tom Regan, author, Empty Cages
Gary Kowalski, author of The Souls of Animals
, explores the ancient stories of the Creation, Noah's Ark, Abraham's near sacrifice of Isaac, the torment of Job, and Jonah and the whale to explore their relevance today—especially in regard to how we view and treat other animals. Kowalski draws together the fascinating findings of animal science with the best religious scholarship to create an ecologically inspired rendition of the scriptures that honors the sanctity and kinship of all living beings. In lyrical and affecting prose, Kowalski uncovers the psychological and spiritual connections we have with other animals and those, such as children, who are left in our care. He calls for a different reading of the ancient wisdom of the Bible—one that advocates nonviolence, tolerates difference, and demands justice.