Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War

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Beast Books, Sep 13, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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WINNER OF THE 2011 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

In a time of death and terror, Leymah Gbowee brought Liberia’s women together—and together they led a nation to peace.

As a young woman, Leymah Gbowee was broken by the Liberian civil war, a brutal conflict that tore apart her life and claimed the lives of countless relatives and friends. Years of fighting destroyed her country—and shattered Gbowee’s girlhood hopes and dreams. As a young mother trapped in a nightmare of domestic abuse, she found the courage to turn her bitterness into action, propelled by her realization that it is women who suffer most during conflicts—and that the power of women working together can create an unstoppable force. In 2003, the passionate and charismatic Gbowee helped organize and then led the Liberian Mass Action for Peace, a coalition of Christian and Muslim women who sat in public protest, confronting Liberia’s ruthless president and rebel warlords, and even held a sex strike. With an army of women, Gbowee helped lead her nation to peace—in the process emerging as an international leader who changed history. Mighty Be Our Powers is the gripping chronicle of a journey from hopelessness to empowerment that will touch all who dream of a better world.

 

  

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Review: Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War

User Review  - Lauri - Goodreads

I read this book for my book club, and I had high hopes after reading the reviews online. Unfortunately, I was pretty disappointed in it. Leymah Gbowee is undoubtedly a strong and courageous woman ... Read full review

Review: Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War

User Review  - Eden Gebreyesus - Goodreads

Leymah Gbowee is self-proclaimed activist for Liberian women regardless of her naturalization-- she is exceptionally influential to many women of all shapes, sizes, colors, and types-- awarded Nobel ... Read full review

Contents

Part Two
75
7 Yes You Can
77
8 Taking On Taylors Boys
85
9 A New Home With Geneva
95
10 Helping Women Find Their Voices
101
11 The Women In PeaceBuilding Network Is Born
111
12 Dont Ever Stop
121
13 Standing Up To Charles Taylor And Sitting Down For Peace
133
16 Time To Move On
181
17 An Unthinkable Loss
191
18 Building A New Womens Network
197
19 Pray The Devil Back To Hell
211
20 Helping My Country
217
21 The Story Doesnt End
223
Index
231
Acknowledgments
245

14 When Peace Talks Are Just Talk Take Action
153
Part Three
165
15 Is The War Really Over?
167
About the Authors
246
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About the author (2011)

Leymah Gbowee is the winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.  She is also the Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s Africa columnist. As war ravaged Liberia, Leymah Gbowee realized it is women who bear the greatest burden in prolonged conflicts. She began organizing Christian and Muslim women to demonstrate together, founding Liberian Mass Action for Peace and launching protests and a sex strike. Gbowee’s part in helping to oust Charles Taylor was featured in the documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell. Gbowee is a single mother of six, including one adopted daughter, and is based in Accra, Ghana, where she is the cofounder and executive director of the Women Peace and Security Network-Africa.

Carol Mithers is a Los Angeles-based journalist and book author. Her work has appeared in a wide variety of national publications.

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