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

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

3.0 5
by John Dear
     
 

ISBN-10: 0829427201

ISBN-13: 9780829427202

Pub. Date: 08/01/2008

Publisher: Loyola Press

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

Overview

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.

“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780829427202
Publisher:
Loyola Press
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

• Contents •
        Foreword by Martin Sheen    ix
        Introduction    xv

    1    Frat Boy (1978–79) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
    2    The Day of Conversion (1979–80)    10
    3    The Journey Begins (1980–81)    21
    4    Under Arrest at the Vatican (1981)    32
    5    Pilgrimage to the Holy Land (1982)    38
    6    A Second Calling, in Galilee (1982)    47
    7    Jesuit Boot Camp (1982)    53
    8    Learning the Life of Peace (1982)    62
    9    Thirty Days of Silence (1983)    71
    10    The Experiment, Phase One (1983)    81
    11    The Experiment, Phase Two (1983)    86
    12    First Blood (1983–84)    96
    13    Lenten Wednesdays at the Pentagon (1984)    106
    14    Peacemaking in New York City (1984–85)    117
    15    In the Land of the Savior (1985)    127
    16    Taking a Stand in Nicaragua, at the Pentagon,
             and at West Point (1985)    140
    17    Disturbing the Peace in Scranton (1986–87)    148
    18    Community and Jail in New York (1987–88)    156
    19    With the Homeless in Washington, D.C. (1988–89)    165
    20    Theology and Vision at Berkeley (1989)    176
    21    November 16, the Kairos Moment (1989)    186
    22    The Fast (1990)    191
    23    Zones of Peace (1990)    196
    24    Death Row and Mother Teresa (1990)    201
    25    War in Iraq, Resistance in the Streets (1991–92)    210
    26    Ordained to Make Peace (1992–93)    222
    27    Down by the Riverside (1993)    235
    28    They Shall Beat Their Swords into Plowshares (1993–94)    239
    29    In Jail, on Trial (1994)    247
    30    Waiting in My Cell (1994)    256
    31    From House Arrest to Rome (1994–95)    262
    32    Trouble at the Smithsonian (1994–95)    273
    33    In Richmond, at the Sacred Heart Center (1995–96)    280
    34    Peace in Northern Ireland (1997–98)    286
    35    The Fellowship of Reconciliation (1998–2000)    302
    36    Peace Mission to Iraq (1999)    311
    37    Return to Palestine (1999)    324 

    38    The Great Forty Days for Peace (2000)    331
    39    Death and the Tombs of New York (2000–1)    335
    40    Life and Death at Ground Zero (2001)    342
    41    Kicked out of New York (2002)    362
    42    Pastor in New Mexico (2002–4)    369
    43    A Voice in the Desert (2002–4)    383
    44    Disturber of the Peace (2002–5)    392
    45    Sackcloth and Ashes in Los Alamos (2002–5)    406
    46    Soldiers at My Front Door (2003)    416
        Epilogue    421
        Acknowledgments    427
        Index    431

 

 

 

 

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Persistent Peace: One Man's Struggle for a Nonviolent World 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A long time reader of John dears books and views. He talks about peace and end to all wars but denounces Israel for attacks on Palestinians and not denouncing terrorist attacks on Israelis. The author condems the Jewish state and seems to have very anti semetic views towards Jews in all of his books. The author has socialist views, denounces right wingers and claims to be a man of GOD and church while never mentions the abortion issue. HYPOCORISY at its worst.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AN extreme in being a fighter for justice (all the arrests) but an eye opener of the realities in our world. I teach a social justice class and this is perfect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had marched against the Vietnam War, for equal rights and I am a 14 year volunteer at a shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. I found this book to be inspirational. John Dear is a true advocate of Peace.
I have learned so much more about nonviolence and ways to work toward a more peaceful world and inner self from John Dear. I was also surprised to learn more about Bishop Emeritis Walter Sullivan from Richmond VA and his work at Pax Christi. I am inspired by John Dear and his work toward Peace an important part of Catholic Social teaching.
I highly recomend this book to all that seek a more peaceful world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago