The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature, Updated and Expanded

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The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature, Updated and Expanded

by David Suzuki
Contribution by Adrienne Mason, Amanda McConnell

GREYSTONE BOOKS LTD | August 30, 2007 | Trade Paperback

The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature, Updated and Expanded is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.

This special 10th-anniversary edition reexamines our place in the natural world in light of sweeping environmental changes and recent advances in scientific knowledge.

Since The Sacred Balance was first published in 1997 global warming has become a major issue, with alarming effects being observed on all continents and in the world''s oceans. Scientists have also made significant discoveries in various realms, including the state of world ecosystems, the science behind the mother/baby interaction, and the workings of the brain.

In this new and extensively revised and amplified edition of his bestselling book, David Suzuki reflects on these changes and examines what they mean for our place in the world. His basic message remains the same: we are creatures of the Earth, utterly dependent on its elements, which are not just external factors, but incorporated into our very essence. Also available in an illustrated edition.

All royalties from The Sacred Balance go to the David Suzuki Foundation.

Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.75 × 5.69 × 1 in

Published: August 30, 2007

Publisher: GREYSTONE BOOKS LTD

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1553651669

ISBN - 13: 9781553651666

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from a wonderful book. this book is truly wonder-full. david suzuki's words flow naturally and serenely. the learning gained in the book is accompanied by a sense of awe at the beauty and wonder of this world. there are passages that i keep re-reading (e.g., 'the universal glue') and know that they will continue to inspire me to love the universe and all that it has blessed me with.
Date published: 2005-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent, enlightening and a should read This is an excellent and enlightening work about the general state of the planet, humanity as a species, where we belong on the planet and what it means to us in terms of sustaining us as a species for the long run. Well-written and divided into chapters which could be summarized as humanity, air, earth, water, fire, community, love, spirituality and balance, this book paints an accurate state of the world picture with facts as well as metaphors. It always presents its information with concern about the greater picture without losing sight of the details. A great balance of general science and spirituality, with just enough facts and personal stories of many to make the points convincing, this book also is threaded with impacting and eye-opening quotes and poetry from a variety of sources and people. A superb book, overall, from someone who has seen a lot of what he wrote about. This book should be on the curriculum for senior year high school so that the future generations can get a good grasp of the world as they become contributing adults in that world which they will own and determine, more impacting ways than ever, for future generations. No matter how much or how little they will get from it, every bit helps at a time when that is truer than ever in the past from every one of us living today. Don't get me wrong, though, it's not the book that's profound. It's what you do with what you learn from it which will be.
Date published: 2005-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of Suzuki's more interesting books. In this book Suzuki explores human needs in three categories: physical needs, social needs, and spiritual needs. Physical needs represent our essential biological requirements for daily living and are divided into 4 themes: air, water, soil, and fire (i.e. energy from the sun). Social needs are the additional elements required for human beings to thrive, these needs are related to the interconnectedness of all life as well as families and love. Spirituality provides us with our reason for being and is the final ingredient needed for a happy and complete existence. Suzuki quotes extensively from other authors and borrows material from some of his own earlier works. The extent of the quotations impedes the flow of the text in some chapters. However, the quotations do provide an extensive resource of additional readings for those who may be interested. In the final sections of the book, Suzuki provides some practical ways to live more harmoniously with our environment and a selection of inspirational stories from around the world.
Date published: 2001-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You'll join Greenpeace after reading this book! The sacred balance is an amazing book that simplifies the natural environment so that anyone can understand the importance of the changes that we need to make to survive. This book describes the importance of the things that we depend on for survival; water, air, soil etc. how we fit in to the scheme of mother nature and how we are disassociated from it. Ever wonder why some people are so fanatical about the environment? After reading this book you will understand why. Everyone should read this book so that they can incorporate into their daily lives the changes that are necessary to save ourselves and the planet. Hopefully its not to later.
Date published: 2000-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the Sacred Balance This book gave me a sad, down to earth feeling. If all the ants in the world disappeared almost everything would be affected. If people disappeared, almost everything would benefit. Except maybe a few cats and dogs trapped inside our houses. Very few books have inspired me to change the way I live but this one has affected the way I look at everything and to see that the only impact I have on the earth is a positive one. If everyone read The Sacred Balance the world would be a better place.
Date published: 2000-11-14

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The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature, Updated and Expanded

by David Suzuki
Contribution by Adrienne Mason, Amanda McConnell

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.75 × 5.69 × 1 in

Published: August 30, 2007

Publisher: GREYSTONE BOOKS LTD

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1553651669

ISBN - 13: 9781553651666

Table of Contents

Table of Contents Introduction Chapter 1: Homo Sapiens: Born of the Earth Chapter 2: The Breath of All Green Things Chapter 3: The Oceans Flowing through Our Veins Chapter 4: Made from the Soil Chapter 5: The Divine Fire Chapter 6: Protected by Our Kin Chapter 7: The Law of Love Chapter 8: Sacred Matter Chapter 9: Restoring the Balance

From the Publisher

This special 10th-anniversary edition reexamines our place in the natural world in light of sweeping environmental changes and recent advances in scientific knowledge.

Since The Sacred Balance was first published in 1997 global warming has become a major issue, with alarming effects being observed on all continents and in the world''s oceans. Scientists have also made significant discoveries in various realms, including the state of world ecosystems, the science behind the mother/baby interaction, and the workings of the brain.

In this new and extensively revised and amplified edition of his bestselling book, David Suzuki reflects on these changes and examines what they mean for our place in the world. His basic message remains the same: we are creatures of the Earth, utterly dependent on its elements, which are not just external factors, but incorporated into our very essence. Also available in an illustrated edition.

All royalties from The Sacred Balance go to the David Suzuki Foundation.

Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation.

About the Author

David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for science, the United Nations Environment Program medal, the 2009 Right Livelihood Award, and Global 500. He is familiar to television audiences as host of the long-running CBC television program The Nature of Things. His written work includes more than fifty-two books, nineteen of them for children. Suzuki lives with his wife, Tara Cullis, in Vancouver.

Amanda McConnell has written more than 100 documentary films, many of them for The Nature of Things. She has a Ph.D. in English Literature, and she writes and gardens in Toronto, Ontario.

Adrienne Mason has lived on Vancouver Island all her life and spent twenty years on the west coast, first in Bamfield and then Tofino. As well as writing a local history column for Tofino Time, she is the author of numerous books and magazine articles about science, nature, and west coast history. Her most recent titles include West Coast Adventures, The Green Classroom, and The Nature of Spiders

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