A Persistent Peace

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Loyola Press, Jun 1, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 456 pages
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All of us say we want peace, but only a few are willing to prove it.
John Dear, SJ, has been arrested more than seventy-five times. He has spent more than a year of his life in jail. He has been mocked by an armed and angry U.S. National Guard battalion standing outside the doors to his New Mexico parish. All this because he so fervently believes in peace.
A Persistent Peace, John Dear's autobiography, invites readers to follow the decades-long journey and spiritual growth of this nationally known peace activist, and to witness his bold, decisive, often unpopular actions before government officials, military higher-ups, and even representatives of the Church.
From his conversion to Christianity, to his calling to become a Jesuit, to the extreme dangers and delights of a life dedicated to truly living out the radical, forgiving love of Jesus, Dear's incredible story will touch the heart of anyone who believes in the power of peace and the possibility of a world where love conquers all.
Praise for John Dear and A Persistent Peace
"Once more, and in a plenary way, we are blessed by the eloquence and moral passion of John Dear. . . . More power to this intrepid disciple of Christ—The Peacemaker."
—Daniel Berrigan, author of The Trial of the Catonsville Nine
"John Dear understands that peacemaking is not a part-time job. . . . John has walked the talk for years, an inspiration to all of us to do more than we think we can."
—Jim Wallis, author of The Great Awakening and president, Sojourners
"John Dear has been arrested in the cause of peace and human decency more times than anyone else I know. I am honored to consider him a friend."
—Joan Baez, singer and peace activist
"John Dear is a great spiritual progressive leader whose wisdom, courage, and gentleness make him one of the most beloved teachers of nonviolence in America. . . . Reading this book will make you less lonely by knowing that you're sharing your time on earth with John Dear."
—Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun magazine
"Look, I know this guy. He's real; and he shows that it's possible for ordinary folks to really live Jesus' call to be peacemakers. . . . Prepare your own heart as you open this book."
—Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ, author of Dead Man Walking
"John Dear's life story is inspiring and heartwarming."
—Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States
 

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Review: A Persistent Peace: One Man's Struggle for a Nonviolent World

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Amazing stories of a life lived for peace and nonviolence! John Dear has been to the edge of what it means to resist the empire. Let it not be said of him that he is merely a naive idealist. His faith ... Read full review

Review: A Persistent Peace: One Man's Struggle for a Nonviolent World

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Contents

Frat Boy 197879
1
The Day of Conversion 197980
10
The Journey Begins 198081
21
Under Arrest at the Vatican 1981
32
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 1982
38
A Second Calling in Galilee 1982
47
Jesuit Boot Camp 1982
53
Learning the Life of Peace 1982
62
The Fast 1990
191
Zones of Peace 1990
196
Death Row and Mother Teresa 1990
201
War in Iraq Resistance in the Streets 199192
210
Ordained to Make Peace 199293
222
Down by the Riverside 1993
235
They Shall Beat Their Swords into Plowshares 199394
239
In Jail on Trial 1994
247

Thirty Days of Silence 1983
71
The Experiment Phase One 1983
81
The Experiment Phase Two 1983
86
First Blood 198384
96
Lenten Wednesdays at the Pentagon 1984
106
Peacemaking in New York City 198485
117
In the Land of the Savior 1985
127
Taking a Stand in Nicaragua at the Pentagon and at West Point 1985
140
Disturbing the Peace in Scranton 198687
148
Community and Jail in New York 198788
156
With the Homeless in Washington D C 198889
165
Theology and Vision at Berkeley 1989
176
November 16 the Kairos Moment 1989
186
Waiting in My Cell 1994
256
From House Arrest to Rome 199495
262
Trouble at the Smithsonian 199495
273
In Richmond at the Sacred Heart Center 199596
280
Peace in Northern Ireland 199798
286
The Fellowship of Reconciliation 19982000
302
Peace Mission to Iraq 1999
311
Return to Palestine 1999
324
The Great Forty Days for Peace 2000
331
Kicked out of New York 2002
362
A Voice in the Desert 20024
383
Sackcloth and Ashes in Los Alamos 20025
406
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John Dear, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, peace activist, organizer, lecturer, and retreat leader. He is also the author/editor of twenty books on peace and nonviolence. John was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. John lives in northern New Mexico. Visit his Web site atwww.persistentpeace.com.

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