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Living Peace : A Spirituality of Contemplation and Action - John Dear

Living Peace

A Spirituality of Contemplation and Action

By: John Dear

Paperback Published: 16th November 2004
ISBN: 9780385498289
Number Of Pages: 240

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"To take care of each other should be our primary concern in this 21st century and Father Dear is steady on this course."
--"Thich Nhat Hanh"
For John Dear, a Jesuit priest and respected leader of the ecumenical peace movement, the spiritual life is a combination of contemplation and action, of maintaining inner peace and projecting that peace into the greater world. It is the spirituality exemplified by the lives of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, and others throughout history who remained true to the highest ideals while addressing the most difficult problems and conflicts of the real world.
As a tireless advocate for social justice and human rights, Dear has followed that path in his own life, and in Living Peace he describes his journey. Breaking down the life of peace into three parts an inner journey, a public journey, and the journey of all humanity he shares the spiritual practices that have sustained him and teaches readers how to integrate these practices into their own lives.

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Advance Praise for John Dear's Living Peace

"Living Peace is a deeply moving and profoundly inspiring account of John Dear's journey of enviable courage, boundless faith, unquestioned hope, and unconditional love."
--Martin Sheen

"John Dear is a bright young light in the religious peace movement. Living Peace shows the deep spiritual roots of his commitment."
--Jim Wallis, Editor-in-Chief, Sojourners

"Some teachers are all theory and some all practice. John Dear has the earned ability to be both. Some teachers are very orthodox and some open new ground. John Dear puts the two together knowing they are the same. This fine book is a prototype of the spirituality that is both contemplation and action, put together by a man who has first put them together in his own life."
--Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action & Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico

"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."
--Fred Rogers, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

"What a splendid, hopeful handbook John Dear has placed in our hands!"
--Daniel Berrigan, S.J.

"In Living Peace John Dear shows we can enjoy peace only if we respect each other; and we can respect each other only if we have an appreciation of each other's beliefs."
--Arun Gandhi, Founder-Director, M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

"No matter what religious affiliation or nonaffiliation a reader might have, Living Peace is a must read. It is brimming with hope. It is a message like "living water" for the traveler lost in the desert and dying of thirst. Nobody will lose by obtaining a copy of this book."
--Johann Christoph Arnold, author of Seeking Peace

Introductionp. 1
The Depths of Peace: The Inner Journey
Making Peace with Yourselfp. 9
Solitudep. 18
Silencep. 26
Listeningp. 31
Letting Gop. 38
Imagining Godp. 45
Intimate Prayerp. 56
Mindfulnessp. 62
The Heights of Peace: The Public Journey
The Vision of Peacep. 69
Choosing Peacep. 74
Active Nonviolencep. 80
Public Peacemakingp. 92
Speaking Truthp. 100
Live and Let Livep. 110
Resisting Evilp. 119
Standing with the Poorp. 127
Witnessing for Peacep. 138
Disarming the Worldp. 146
And Justice for Allp. 163
Including Everyonep. 170
The Horizons of Peace
Love Your Enemiesp. 181
Building Communityp. 193
Forgive Seventy Times Sevenp. 200
Persistent Reconciliationp. 207
Hope upon Hopep. 214
Conclusionp. 223
Notesp. 225
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ISBN: 9780385498289
ISBN-10: 0385498284
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 16th November 2004
Publisher: DOUBLEDAY & CO
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.1  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1