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The Last Hours Of Ancient Sunlight: Waking up to personal and global transformation Paperback – 6 Dec 2001

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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: 13.3 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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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

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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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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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The ancient sunlight of the title is fossil fuels. Since its discovery it has fed a population explosion which is growing at an exponential rate; the last billion only took 12 years, whereas the 1st billion took 200,00 years. Accompanying this there's been an increase in exploitation of all the world's resources to keep up with the increasing demand of more people who have an increasingly larger appetite for more and more. This has resulted in mass deforestation, desertification, loss of diversity and climate change. If we continue down this path we will wreck the planet for future generations. He points to tribal values of sustainable living as a better way and a possible pointer to a solution. He say that individuals can make a difference by living in a sustainable and spiritual way.
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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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Thom has worked his magic to reveal the love we must share between us
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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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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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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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