My Gentle Barn

Creating a Sanctuary Where Animals Heal and Children Learn to Hope

by Ellie Laks

My Gentle Barn is a wonderful book. You'll love Ellie Laks and the animals she rescued--and who rescued her back.” –Sy Montgomery, The Good Good Pig

Founder Ellie Laks started The Gentle Barn after adopting a sick goat from a run-down petting zoo in 1999. Some two hundred animals later (including chickens, horses, pigs, cows, rabbits, emus, and more), The Gentle Barn has become an extraordinary nonprofit that brings together a volunteer staff of community members and at-risk teens to rehabilitate abandoned and/or abused animals. As Ellie teaches the volunteers to care for the animals, they learn a new language of healing that works wonders on the humans as well.

My Gentle Barn weaves together the story of how the Barn came to be what it is today with Ellie's own journey. Filled with heartwarming animal stories and inspiring recoveries, My Gentle Barn is a feel-good account that will delight animal lovers and memoir readers alike.

Recent Reviews

A book review

Anna Wallis

3 Stars

So I mentioned last week that I had gotten a copy of the book, "gentle barn". I was so glad to get something a little different in the mail to review.I am so sad that this book didn't live up to my…

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Shelby Clarke

5 Stars

I’m not going to lie, I have been following gentle barn on Facebook for some time so when given the opportunity to read the book by the founder, I couldn’t say no.Ellie speaks of her hard time growing up, connecting more with animals…

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My Gentle Barn by Ellie Laks - My Review

janine alderete

5 Stars

This is the story of one woman’s struggle to find healing for herself and healing for abused animals. Through that journey she discovers that through helping animals that they are helping her and in turn they both help at risk children.The…

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My Gentle Barn: Touching and Thought-Provoking

Casey Thomas

4 Stars

I love a good animal story, but when I first started this, I was really leery. The very first thing you read is the Author's Note (yeah, I'm that person who reads every page in the book, including the copyright page.)…

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The Gentle Barn

Margaret Stone

5 Stars

THE GENTLE BARN will take you on a journey through the many highs and lows of creating and then ultimately trying to hold on to, a sanctuary for animals that have been mistreated or abused. As an animal lover, I was truly moved by Elle's…

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