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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
If revenge and retaliation are the best responses that our nation could muster after 9/11, then Jesus did not have to come, live among us, and preach a radical understanding of neighbor that includes the enemy.
In the wake of the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, as tensions rise between Christians and Muslims, author and religious studies professor David Carlson seeks guidance in the modern-day deserts of monastic communities across America. Are Christianity and Islam destined to confront one other as clashing civilizations? Peace Be with You: Monastic Wisdom for a Terror-Filled World clearly answers No.
Peace Be With You is the result of more than thirty interviews with abbots, nuns, monks, and other seekers at monasteries and retreat centers. Carlson reveals the untapped wisdom of these men and women in their own words as they speak with hope to a suffering world. Follow the author on this personal, moving, and at times difficult journey, and discover a new yet ancient basis for genuine peace between Christianity and other religionsespecially Islam.
It is time for Christians to use their power to change the conversation, Carlson says, to ponder Jesus command to treat the stranger as our neighbor and to treat our neighbor not only as ourselves, but as God in our midst.
"As Carlson reminds us, there is another thing stirring around the world. There is a movement of extremists for love and for grace that have been singing a different song.
One of the richest, most insightful, and most instructive books I have ever read on the business of living the Christian life fully, biblically, faithfully, and non-dogmatizedly.
SeanIowaAge: 25-34Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A Reflective Look Back At 9/11October 6, 2011SeanIowaAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ten years after 9/11, there are a multitude of books out there that speculate on the who's, what's, and why's, but there are few that look back in a reflective and contemplative mood like "Peace Be With You." Instead of a book placing the blame without, this book examines the struggle within and looks to the ancient wisdom of the monastics. Mr Carlson travels the country to interview several monks and nuns on their thoughts and recollections of 9/11 as well as what we can do as believers in response.
This book was well written, but its strength was in the call for a personal challenge on how we live out our faith. Do we have the courage to look at our "enemies" and seek to know their struggles, where they are coming from, and if there is something we can do? Instead of developing a us-versus-the-world mentality, the suffering of 9/11 is an opportunity to understand that this is something the entire world goes through on a daily basis and in most cases America as a country has built walls instead of building bridges. My favorite part of the book by far was the section on Thomas Merton and his vision of Christ as present in the world. I highly recommend this book if you are able to look past the politics of 9/11 and are willing to take a hard look at your own heart. You will be rewarded if you can.
Disclosure Note: Thomas Nelson has been gracious enough to give me a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
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