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The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: Waking Up to Personal and Global Transformation [Paperback]

Thom Hartmann
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6 Dec 2001

The world is reaching crisis point, as population growth escalates out of control, and species and cultures are being destroyed. With humans across the globe encroaching further and further upon Earth's resources, the realisation that the supply is finite has dawned and we now face the urgent dilemma of knowing how to create a sustainable future for ourselves.

In this important book, award-winning author and international lecturer Thom Hartmann puts forward his lasting solution to our survival. Teaching us a new way of seeing, Hartmann introduces us to the lessons of our ancient ancestors - those which allowed sustainable living for many thousands of years but which we've forgotten.

It is a call for consciousness combining spirituality and ecology that offers real hope for the future.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New Ed edition (6 Dec 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340822430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340822432
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ecology and spirituality are deftly intertwined in this well-written discussion of how we can save and preserve life on earth. Vermont author Thom Hartman offers a highly persuasive argument for adopting the spiritual values of our ancient ancestors, which means living with a strong connection to the earth as well as the sun that nourishes us all. Nowadays, humans often perceive themselves as separate from nature and born to dominate it, says Hartman who lays out some frightening, albeit thorough, research on the destruction of the planet. But as the book progresses, he guides readers into a convincing and intelligent vision for reversing our destructive ways.

Mostly, we could all use an attitude adjustment. For example, he explains how native and tribal cultures often considered all forms of life to be as sacred as human life--an attitude that may be one of our best shots at planetary longevity. Hartman devotes his final section to "What the Average Person Can Do", which includes the chapters "Turn Off the TV", "The Modern-day Tribe: Intentional Community" and "Reinventing Our Daily Lives and Rituals". --Gail Hudson


THE LAST HOURS OF ANCIENT SUNLIGHT shines like a beacon in the darkness, an education about reality, a needed wake-up call, and a guidebook through the swamps of denial and ignorance into a brighter, sustainable future. (Dan Millman)

Thom Hartmann is one of those people who puts it all together for us, explaining not only what has seriously gone wrong in the world but, even more important, all that can still go right. He is an awakener of the highest order. (Marianne Willamson)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate "wake-up call" for mankind! 14 July 2002
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If you, like me, often worry about the destruction of the Earth's ecosystems and therefore its ability to support life in the very near future (i.e. the 21st century), then you should definitely read this book.

Thom Hartmann expertly takes the reader step by step through all the problems that civilisation has created for itself over the last 7,000 years.

The chapter titled "How Can Things Look So Good Yet Be So Bad?" brilliantly draws a comparison between a software company whose directors spend all of its investors capital to live a short life of great luxury (short term gain for the few) only to collapse within a year because it ran out of funds (long term suffering for the many).

I think the message is summed up elegantly by an American Indian saying:-

We don't inherit the Earth from our Fathers, we borrow it from our children.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a journey to awaken your slumbering soul... 25 Jun 2003
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Ever felt twinges of unease at the way we merrily strip our planet of it's vital resources? Do you wonder how we are going to cope with increases in population, or what we will do when the oil resources run out? This book addresses vital questions such as these, and Thom draws on a plethora of research to back up his views.
Thom takes us on a journey, looking at why we came to be facing the crisis we are in today. He looks at ancient tribes and compares tribal attitudes towards the planet (respecting nature) with our current western attitude (dominating nature). We need to respect the earth, to treat it with care. This book is a call to AWARENESS, and the realisation that, every act we do no matter how small, is important, as we are all connected.
Yes, this book will make you both depressed and angry at our actions. Yet in the second half of the book, Thom looks at practical things we can do, from small acts of kindness, turning off the TV, or joining/beginning an intentional community, amongst others. There is also a list of suggested reading at the end of the book, in addition to the footnotes throughout.
Buy this book, and buy copies for your friends! As Neale Donald Walsch says in the Afterword in this book: "You have just read one of the most important books you will ever read in your life."
Will this book change your life? That depends on you. If you believe in the message in this book, you will never view things in quite the same way again.
I also recommend 'The Prophet's Way', also by Thom Hartmann, in addition to this book.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Hitting Wake Up Call !. 29 Oct 2002
One of the most profound and important books I have ever read !.If you care about our planet and our children's future, READ THIS BOOK.Thom Hartmann backs up what he is saying throughout with a huge range of fact and examples. You will be shocked,saddened and angered, hopefully to the point that 'YOU' will be motivated to start contributing to doing 'something about it', no matter how small.
Above all you will have your eyes and mind opened to the seriousness of the situation we are really in, but the clock is ticking. Buy this book not only for yourself, but your friends and family as well, it will be one of the greatest gifts you could ever give them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS BOOK TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE 28 Feb 2002
A clear explanation of what has been done to the Earth over many thousands of years, but especially within the last fifty years. How can we rectify this problem with energy running out, pollution running out of hand and the possiblity of seeing the end of the human race? What can you or I do? Thom Hartmann explains clearly the ways in which everyone of us can make a difference. It is no joke when I say: Read this Book to Change Your Life - and the Life of our Planet too.
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I was sufficiently impressed by this book to write to Thom Hartmann to thank him for writing it! He replied.

Buy it. A review is only someone else's opinion. However, my opinion is that not reading this book will mean you miss out on one of the fundamental reasons that you exist at all ....
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good. 14 Jan 2002
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This book is extremely eye opening and insightful, but i must stress that if readers want to go on reading books like this, and realising the situation that the world is in, then there is no doubt about it, read Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. It's really important!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-blowing!! 24 July 2007
This truly IS one of the most important books you will ever read in your life. I have been as guilty as most at turning a blind eye at the way the world is run, and the damage we are causing the planet, I suppose beleiving that "how can I make any difference" is justification for not making a difference. Also thinking that the tipping point into disaster was way off.....not so, it is right on our doorstep and we ALL need to make changes to save the Earth. This book has inspired me to look into taking the neccessary steps to make those changes, for me it is intentional eco-village communites, and I am amazed at how many pioneering groups there are like this in the world, and just how lightly we can live on the earth and still live a comfortable life. Buy the book...go on you know you want to!!
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I have just read this book and found it (to coin a cheesey phrase) 'Life Changing'. I have read other books along these lines but so far this one has had a more profound affect. Some of what is written I have come across in other places but having it backed up by science and historic fact (of which this book prompted me to do some of my own research) seemed to make it that bit more understandable and sadly at times depressing and frightening. Yet the last part of the book leaves you hopeful, in fact I was reading the final parts at an outdoor coffee shop at my local garden centre, some of the closing chapters made such sense and struck a chord that the whole place around me seemed to come alive like never before. I thoroughly recommend this book.
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