The Courage for Peace: Daring to Create Harmony in Ourselves and the World

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Arguing that inner and outer peace are synonymous, the author combs the world from Bosnia to the Middle East to describe the peace-making actions and strategies of people and organizations around the world. Original. 40,000 first printing. Tour.

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Even during so-called "times of peace," there always seems to be an enemy to fight in the United States, notes author and peace activist Louise Diamond. "Whether the 'they' are immigrants, those who disagree with our views on abortion or environmental matters, members of another political party... a combative approach has become our social norm." And then there's the material greed that leads us to become viciously protective of self-interests and personal property.

Of course it's easy to feel defeated and powerless in the face of these overwhelming cultural norms. Fortunately, it is also easy to feel inspired and hopeful after reading Louise Diamond's excellent discussion on how one person, one soul, can help create national and even global peace. Like Jane Goodall's bestselling memoir, A Reason for Hope, Diamond shows us how spiritual commitment and an unwillingness to succumb to despair can lead to global change. Peace is not so much an outcome--such as no war--it is a daily choice that has a ripple effect. For those who crave more overt activism she includes a lengthy "Peace Resource Guide," with numerous global programs for peacemaking. --Gail Hudson

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Peace advocate Louise Diamond offers a challenge to every individual: You are called to be a peacemaker! Dont just sit in your armchair worrying over the nightly news and wishing for peace in Ireland or the Middle East. Take active steps to create peace in your personal life, your local community, and the wider world. Understanding the deep spiritual truth that we are all interconnected is an important initial step towards peace, as is recognizing that love is the glue that holds us all together. Then we can move towards repairing broken ties, reconciling, and forgiving ourselves and others, the next step in building bridges of peace. Over and over, Diamond assures us that one person can make a difference. Consider, she says, the Catholic priest who ministered to prostitutes, or the founder of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Unfortunately, Diamond is given to grand proclamations about each persons peace-building potential; she never tells readers who arent professional activists just what we can do. Her one concrete tip is relegated to the last pages: Get involved with the National Peace Foundation, UNESCO, The National Association for Community Mediation, Hope in the Cities, or another reputable advocacy group. Inspiring, but too vague to offer much help to tyro peaceniks. (Author tour) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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