My Gentle Barn : The Incredible True Story of a Place Where Animals Heal and Children Learn to Hope, Paperback

My Gentle Barn : The Incredible True Story of a Place Where Animals Heal and Children Learn to Hope Paperback

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This is the incredible true story of a place where animals heal and children learn to hope. 'When I started The Gentle Barn, some viewed it as a hobby or an obsession, some as an act of selfless devotion.

To all of those people, I want to say, You don't understand.

I'm not saving the animals; they're saving me.' Ellie Laks was just seven years old when she was abused by her childminder.

Through the troubled years that followed, animals were her salvation.

Through near bankruptcy and a devastating fire, Ellie's dedication has not diminished.

But it wasn't until she opened up the Barn to at-risk children and children with special needs that she realised how her animals could teach lessons in forgiveness and healing to others.

This is a truly inspirational memoir, full of heartbreaking stories of hope and healing.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9780099584889



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I expected this book to be one of my casual weekend morning books that I read for about 20 pages while drinking coffee before I start housework. I started reading it this morning and next thing I know I was on page 150 and really wanted to keep reading. My housework would have to wait. I had laughed several times, cried several times, and was only about halfway through the book. <br/><br/>I was expecting a charming tale, and I got that, but I was not expecting to be completely sucked in like I was. I had heard about Gentle Barn years ago, so the "story" was not entirely new to me, but Ellie Laks tale of building this remarkable organization, along with her experiences recovering from sexual abuse and drug addiction, her personal failures and many triumphs over setbacks was really fascinating. Her honesty, lack of judgment, and spirit of forgiveness is so inspiring as a human being. The book is well-written and immersive. An excellent read.<br/><br/>I got a copy of the ARC from Goodreads Giveaways.

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