Living Peace: A Spirituality of Contemplation and
"One of the most insightful and inspiring books of 2001."
-- Spirituality and Health magazine
Living Peace meditates on the contemplative life of inner
peacemaking as well as the active life of public peacemaking. It features
three parts: "The Depths of Peace," a section on the inner journey
toward personal peace through prayer, silence, solitude, listening,
imagining God and mindfulness; "The Heights of Peace," a section about
the public work for world peace, including active nonviolence, resisting
evil, opposing war and the death penalty, solidarity with the poor,
and choosing the peacemaking life; and "The Horizons of Peace," about
the great themes of loving our enemies, forgiving those who have hurt
us, building community, persistently seeking reconciliation, and living
"Living Peace is a deeply moving and profoundly inspiring
account of John Dear's remarkable journey of enviable courage, boundless
faith, unquestioned hope, and unconditional love."
"To take care of each other should be our primary concern in this
twenty-first century and Father Dear is steady on this course."
--Thich Nhat Hanh
"Dear gives readers a succinct moving paean to peace, in which he
suggests that peacemaking on a world level first requires making peace
within... Remarkably, Dear never sounds moralistic or self-congratulatory;
the books reads more like one friend sharing his experiences with another."
"John Dear's inspired journey--inside and out--gives us renewed hope
for our own personal and public peacemaking. Living Peace is
a beautiful reminder of our sacred identity."
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