Advocating for Animals Around the Globe

Animal Wisdom deepens our understanding of the sacred relationship between humans and animals.” ~ Deepak Chopra

Animal Wisdom is a thoughtful and inspired exploration of the ways in which animals, if we will but watch them and listen to them, can help us to live our lives more fully.” ~ Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE

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National Gold Medalist

The Independent Publisher Book Awards honor the year’s best independently published titles from around the world. Animal Wisdom is the 2016 Gold Medal Winner within the Animals/Pets category.

Animal Wisdom: Learning from the Spiritual Lives of Animals

Part of the Sacred Activism Series


There is something about the motoring of a cat’s purr or the wagging of a dog’s tail that brings us a certain comfort and delight. Cat memes and pleas for animals to be rescued and adopted have taken over our social media culture, as well as, stories about animal cruelty around the globe that break our collective hearts. Animals teach us marvelous lessons and offer profound wisdom if we choose to pay attention. Linda Bender’s book illustrates with anecdotes she has collected in a lifetime of loving and working with them, the heart of what animals have taught her. They offer us insights into how to live happily and healthfully and teach us…

  • How to overcome loneliness by reconnecting with the source of all life
  • How to face death without fear
  • How to relax into the mystery of existence
  • How to live from the heart – the power of love
  • How to have more fun and joy

Animal Wisdom offers readers:

  • Cutting-edge research on the “unexplained powers of animals”
  • 18 step-by-step practical ways to enable readers to hone their natural intuitive abilities and engage in interspecies communication
  • How to care for the Earth – practical tips for What You Can Do to Make a Difference today!

Animal Wisdom is for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the innate loving, spiritual connection we share with animals and the interconnectedness of all life. Pet lovers, animal-rights advocates and conservationists alike will be deeply touched by this heartwarming book. A portion of the book proceeds will be donated to From the Heart, which funnels 100% of its profits to charities that directly benefit animals, their care and their habitats.

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Praise for Animal Wisdom:

“Animal Wisdom is a thoughtful and inspired exploration of the ways in which animals, if we will but watch them and listen to them, can help us to live our lives more fully. Linda has a firm grounding in science, yet she has learned, as I have, of the benefit we can get from close relationships with animals. Not only can they calm and relax us physically and emotionally, they can also enrich us spiritually. Thank you Linda for writing it.” ~ Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE (founder, the Jane Goodall Institute, & UN Messenger of Peace)

“If you are one of those people who dearly wishes to make a meaningful difference in our challenging world and are hesitating simply because you haven’t stepped into your truth and courage yet, then this book will be an inspiration to you from the first word to the last, including stories that likely bring you to tears.” ~ Linda Tucker, (from the foreword), CEO Global White Lion Protection Trust

“Linda Bender’s wise, beautiful, poignant book is a huge contribution to our recovery from our long oblivion. She combines a scientist’s clear understanding with a mystic’s rapturous knowledge of the interconnection of all life and has a unique and simple way of communicating to us the many ways in which animals have enriched and informed her life. Anyone who comes to this book will have his or her own understanding of animal beauty and wisdom immeasurably enriched and will be challenged gently to start becoming, as Linda is, a compassionate advocate for the animal kingdom and the natural world. This book will awaken within each one of us our profound sacred responsibility to revere, cherish and protect all living creatures in the name of a universal divine love that has created all things and lives in all things.” ~ Andrew Harvey, author of The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism

“Linda Bender opens up a spiritual dimension of animals that many people feel intuitively but find hard to express. She is thoughtful, well- informed, and draws on a lifetime of experience, expressing her insights clearly and accessibly. This beautifully written book will inspire animal lovers and enrich their experience of animals’ lives—and their own.” ~ Rupert Sheldrake, author of Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home

“This is an excellent book—it is substantive and non-sentimental, a good read, and a delightful one. Join a bigger world—include the animals in all our decision-making. Read this book. The animals are grateful for this book; you will be too.” ~ Matthew Fox, coauthor of Occupy Spirituality

“A compelling body of evidence suggests that human minds can connect with one another across space and time, but also with other sentient creatures as well. Dr. Linda Bender takes us inside these primordial connections and shows how they work toward our welfare and survival.” ~ Larry Dossey, MD, author of One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why it Matters

“There is one natural law for all of us to live by, and that is caring and sharing and being responsible for the wellbeing of all other living things. In Animal Wisdom, Linda Bender gives us all a chance to go back to the way that will maintain everything we have. She helps us remember what the animals have not forgotten, that we are all connected, and that no one being is less than or greater than another. Bender explains what my people have always known, that having a good relationship with all life is the key to physical, mental, social, and spiritual harmony. This is the way it was meant to be. This is the key to our survival.” ~ Tjilpi Bob Randall, Yankunytjatjara elder, author of Songman: The Story of an Aboriginal Elder of Uluru