The Beatitudes of Peace: Meditations on the Beatitudes, Peacemaking and the Spiritual Life
By John Dear
Published by 23rd Publications
The Beatitudes are “the hope and prayer and vision of Jesus…the blueprint for Christian discipleship, the job description of every Christian,” says Nobel Peace Prize nominee John Dear, in his new book, “The Beatitudes of Peace.” His stirring meditations are a call to action, a summons to take up the Beatitudes as a daily handbook for life to improve the world, to promote justice and peace.
An internationally known voice for peace and nonviolence, John Dear combines scriptural wisdom with practical advice from peacemakers like Gandhi (who regularly read the Beatitudes every day), Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. and many more, all set against vivid descriptions of peace efforts in places like Afghanistan, Israel, South Africa and Los Alamos, New Mexico. In each chapter, John Dear affirms that the God of peace is alive and at work among us, calling us to be his sons and daughters who work for true, lasting peace. In the end, “The Beatitudes of Peace,” affirms our vocations to be peacemakers like the nonviolent Jesus, people who welcome a new world of love, justice, compassion, nonviolence and peace. In doing so, we will all be blessed.
“The Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount are Jesus’ blueprint for peace. I urge everyone to study John Dear’s beautiful reflections and join his campaign of peace and nonviolence.”
– Jimmy Carter
“In this beautiful book, Father John Dear describes the Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount as ‘the blueprint for Christian discipleship, the job description of every Christian.’ In this book, John Dear recounts his ongoing journey into nonviolence as a way of life, as the way of Jesus and as the way to life. I hope it will inspire and touch many hearts. Each of us can choose peace over war, nonviolence over violence, and love over hate. After reading and studying the Beatitudes, Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount and these reflections, may the Spirit of Love lead us to choose peace and nonviolence, and abandon war and militarism once and for all.”
– From the foreword by Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Corrigan Maguire
“John Dear is the embodiment of a peacemaker,” Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote recently when he nominated Dear for the Nobel Peace Prize. Featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” and more, Father John Dear is the author of more than 35 books and hundreds of articles. A long time peace activist, teacher, and retreat leader, he works for Campaign Nonviolence, continues to lecture around the nation and the world, and lives in New Mexico. See: www.johndear.org
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