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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The Great Healing: Five Compassions That Can Save Our World by Stephen Erickson with Wendell Berry, Joel Fuhrman, MD, Jo-Anne McArthur, and Alan Lewis is an insightful book that will inspire readers to find their voices and use them; find their courage and take their stand, and remind them they have the power to create the future they want to see. The author uses animals and humans to create stories that will entertain readers and make them understand the need to take decisive action to avoid a planetary catastrophe. The Five Compassions - Compassion for Animals, Compassion for Self, Compassion for the Land, Compassion for Community, and Compassion for Democracy - are required for sustainability, health, and to fight a bigger war than World War II. The book is all about hope, awareness, evolution, healing, and compassion, and will encourage everyone to be thoughtful and understanding when it comes to the ecosystem.
The approach to the topic shows readers how everything is interconnected and how humanity is facing the planet's sixth great extinction. The Golden Rule of 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you' applies not only to humans but also to how we treat animals and the entire world. The book is a good way to encourage readers to change the way they treat the planet and the other living creatures who have the same rights as humans on this planet. The extensive and structured manner in which the topic has been dealt with creates awareness so that readers can embrace the five compassions and have a chance of achieving the Great Healing. The exquisite creatures, the different stories, and the journey into places that are hells on earth are engaging ways to make readers aware of their individual roles in saving humanity, animals, and the planet from being exploited and destroyed. The poem at the end of the book by Wendell Berry sums up the words in the book and leaves readers with wisdom, insights, and profundity.