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Seeking Peace: Notes And Conversations Along The Way
by Johann Christoph Arnold
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Bo Lozoff, Director, The Human Kindness Foundation
I highly recommend Seeking Peace. In an age when bestseller lists bombard us with feel-good-about-yourself spirituality, Arnold dares to write frankly and deeply about the components of true peace: self-sacrifice, obedience, humility, and even longsuffering--unpopular ideas indeed. As Arnold points out, true peace is a radical state, not for the faint of heart. I am grateful for this insightful book, especially for the way it draws not only on the author's own Christian faith, but on the wisdom of other traditions.
Thomas Green, author, When the Well Runs Dry
Seeking Peace is solidly rooted in the Christian--and even Jewish and Buddhist--tradition. As Arnold reminds us, Jesus' peace has nothing to do with passivity, nor is it for the spineless or self-absorbed. It demands deeds of love.
Thomas Howard, author, Christ the Tiger
Seeking Peace is a gem. The candor, simplicity, and humanity of the whole text, and especially of the anecdotes, should recommend it to an exceedingly wide reading public.
Mairead McGuire, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Seeking Peace inspires each of us to seek peace within our own hearts...The stories in this book give hope that with God's grace and through our acceptance of his will, we can find wholeness, happiness, and harmony, which is, after all, the fulfillment of God's plan for humanity.
John Michael Talbot, author, The Lessons of St. Francis.
Peace builds on justice and the mercy of forgiveness. It also begins by being peace. These simple truths are manifested by this beautiful and compelling book...This book has something to say to those of all faiths, and further, to believer and non-believer alike.
Everyone's seeking peace, but few seem to find it. Why? Arnold says most people are looking in the wrong direction. Where can we find peace of heart and mind - peace with ourselves, with others, and with God?
Seeking Peace, Arnold's fifth book, explores many facets of humankind's ageless search for peace. It plumbs a wealth of spiritual traditions and draws on the wisdom of some exceptional (and some very ordinary) people who have found peace in surprising places.
For anyone weary of the spiritual soup served up on so many bookstore shelves these days, Seeking Peace is sure to satisfy a deep hunger. Arnold offers neither easy solutions nor unrealistic promises. He spells out what peace demands. There is a peace greater than self-fulfillment, he writes, a peace greater than nations no longer at war. But you won't find it if you go looking for it. This peace is waiting for everyone ready to sacrifice the search for individual peace, everyone ready to embrace c! hange.
People have come to expect good reading from Arnold, a trusted spiritual guide whose previous books on sexuality, marriage, raising children, facing death, and forgiving have sold over 75,000 copies. This book, a culmination of his work to date, speaks to a broader audience while drawing closer to the heart of his message.
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