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Living Peace: A Spirituality of Contemplation and Action

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 in hope.

“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.”
–Martin Sheen
“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.”
–Publishers Weekly
“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

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