Ellie Laks started The Gentle Barn after adopting a sick goat from a run-down petting zoo in 1999.
It has become a place that brings together a volunteer staff and at-risk teens. It’s a place to rehabilitate abandoned and abused animals.
As the volunteers care for the animals, they learn a new language of healing that works on the humans as well.
My Gentle Barn weaves together the story of how the Barn came to be what it is today.
Filled with heartwarming animal stories and inspiring recoveries, this book is a feel-good account. It will delight animal lovers and memoir readers alike.
About the Author
Ellie Laks has always loved animals.
In 1999, Ellie founded The Gentle Barn. It’s an animal sanctuary that rescues and rehabilitates severely abused and neglected farm animals. Once the animals are healthy, they help heal at-risk inner-city and special-needs children.
“The saga of Laks and her animal sanctuary is enormously compelling. . .Laks brings so much raw emotion to her narrative that readers will find themselves moved to tears over the lives of goats and cows. Intimate, powerful, and shocking in its revelations about the food we eat, My Gentle Barn is not easily forgotten. This is a book to talk about and return to; it’s a life-changer, plain and simple.” – Colleen Mondor, Booklist
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