Seeking Peace

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Good Books, 1991 - Religion - 238 pages
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Titus and Linda Peachey have collected true stories of Mennonite people around the world who have embarked on a journey toward peace. The stories in this book stuggle with some of the many practical concerns related to their attempts to live their belief in peace: o The Man Who Would Not Shoot: Conscripted into the Confederate army against his will, Christian ignored his commanding officer's order to shoot. when called to account for disobeying orders, Christian stated, "I didn't see anything to shoot at." The officer asked him. "Didn't you see all those Yankees over there?" "No, they're people," answered Christian. "We don't shoot people." o On the Brink of Calamity: Kuamba, a young church leader in the African country of Zaire, stands in the danger zone between two warring groups and, with calm assurance, announces, "My friends, my kinsmen. Why are you rushing so rapidly in the direction of fighting? Take your thinking out of the path of war. Fighting will destory everything. it will divide us perpetually. We are Christians. There is another way to resolve our differences." o Legitimate Self-Defense?: A Canadian Mennonite with Russian roots reflects on the pain of deciding, as a young man, whether to join the Selbstschutz, a self-defense group organized by Mennonites during the Russian civil war to defend themselves against the cruel plundering of bandits. o The Man Who Loved His Persecutor: An Indonesian man, the victim of racist violence, invites his persecutor to supper. "To be honest," he tells his children later, "I cannot forget what he did to me, but our Lord tells us to love, even our enemies." o Impossible Choices: Is it appropriate to refuse military service and continue to pay taxes that go for military purposes? An Ethiopian man relates his struggle. In this.collection are more than 70 true stories (not sermons!), some satisfyingly resolved, others considerably open-ended, about ordinary people trying to live peace.

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This collection of about 70 stories, mostly contemporary, concerns Mennonites around the world living their convictions regarding peace and the avoidance of war, and of conditions conducive to warlike ... Read full review


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