Peace in Our Lifetime: Insights from the World’s Peacemakers

By Susan Skog

Peace in Our Lifetime: Insights from the World’s Peacemakers by Susan Skog offers a sweeping message of hope and optimism during these difficult and violent times. Who isn’t longing for a calmer, more humane world? Who doesn’t want evidence that the hot spots of the world – and our own chronic conflicts – can be resolved peacefully?

Through the lessons of 50 exceptional peacemakers working in war zones and high-conflict areas, including Leah Green and The Compassionate Listening Project, Peace in Our Lifetime shows how we create peace, personally and globally. Through rich, compelling stories, this book shows how we each can channel our anger for positive change and listen compassionately. It explores how we get to the root of our conflicts, get our real needs met, find common ground, and forgive even our “enemies.”

Peace in Our Lifetime features practical, step-by-step instructions for resolving conflicts and making peace in our own relationships. This book is already striking a powerful chord with the millions working for a more peaceful world and gaining widespread media attention. It celebrates the hopeful story that, even as people pour out their despair, the outpouring for peace around the world is far, far greater.

Susan Skog is a nationally known author, writer, and presenter. Trained as a journalist, she is the author of five books, including Peace in Our Lifetime: Insights from the World’s Peacemakers; Radical Acts of Love: How Compassion is Transforming Our World; Depression: What Your Body’s Trying to Tell You; ABCs for Living; and Embracing Our Essence: Spiritual Conversations with Prominent Women. Radical Acts of Love was named one of the must-read books of 2001 by New Age Journal and the Wisdom Channel. It was also a OneSpirit Book Club selection for 2001.

Peace in Our Lifetime features stories and messages from these and other peacemakers:

  • Nelson Mandela
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  • Mahatma Gandhi and Arun Gandhi, his grandson
  • Swanee Hunt, former Austrian ambassador and founder of Women Waging Peace
  • William Ury, internationally known mediator
  • Eli Pariser, one of the founders of MoveOn
  • Sherri Mandell, mother-turned-peacemaker after her son was killed in Palestine
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Howard Zinn, activist and author
  • Buddhist leader Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Peter Forbes, Trust for the Public Lands founder, who negotiated Walden Pond preservation
  • Nobel Peace Prize winner Jimmy Carter
  • Naomi Drew, author and Peaceful Parenting director
  • Colman McCarthy, former Washington Post columnist, Center for Teaching Peace director
  • Kimmie Weeks, African refuge who fled Liberia as a child, now a peacemaker for UNESCO, United Nations, and other organizations
  • Amber Amundson, founder of Peaceful Tomorrows, husband was killed Sept. 11 at Pentagon
  • Leah Green, founder of Compassionate Listening Project, Marion Parmagan, Esther Sadeh, who use compassionate listening in Middle East and elsewhere to ease tensions
  • Rick Lunnon, prominent Colorado businessman, who dropped a contentious lawsuit and used the money for peacemaking and humanitarian work in Thailand
  • Susan Collin Marks, journalist, peacemaker who helped dismantle apartheid. Co-director of Search for Common Ground
  • Michael Terrien, Playing for Peace director, a community-based peace organization successfully easing ethnic tensions in communities in India, South Africa, Guatemala, Middle East and United States
  • Mike Mahoney, school counselor in New Jersey and Oregon, who has dramatically reduced school violence with mediation
  • Julie Goschalk, the daughter of Holocaust survivors from Auschwitz, she conducts support groups and brings understanding and forgiveness among Jews and Germans
  • Life coaches Martha Beck, Tom Heuerman, and Roger Haeske
  • Kathy Kenney, yoga instructor, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Anne Benson, founder of Neighbors for Peace, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Natalie Wiesaltier, founder, Hello Shalom-HelloSalaam hotline in Middle East, which connects Palestinians and Israelis
  • Margueritte Meier, Mile of Peace, a mile-long mural of children’s visions of peace
  • John Paul Lederach, peacebuilding practitioner, trainer, and professor at Eastern Mennonite University and Notre Dame
  • Louise Diamond, global peacemaker, author of The Courage for Peace, and founder, with John McDonald, of the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy, which eases regional and ethnic conflicts around world
  • Kenny Moore, ombudsman who eases conflict at KeySpan Energy and author
  • Buddhist authors Lama Surya Das and Pema Chodren
  • Sarah Oelberg, Unitarian minister
  • Cathy Eldon, whose son, a journalist, was killed by rebels in Somalia
  • Bob Wicklund, conflict-mediation specialist
  • Michael Nagler, University of California-Berkeley professor and author of Is There No Other Way? The Search for a Nonviolent Future
  • Elissa Tovena, founder, Perspectives on Peacemaking
  • Tajae Gaynor, former inner-city street kid now school-mediator
  • Takaski ‘Thomas’ Tanemori, who learned how to forgive after he lost his whole family at Hiroshima and directs the Silkworm Peace Institute
  • Mark Gorkin, Stress Doc Enterprises
  • Rev Noel McInnis

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