Seeking Peace: Notes and Conversations along the Way

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Everyone's seeking peace, but few seem to find it. Why? Arnold says most people are looking in the wrong direction. Where can we find peace of heart and mind - peace with ourselves, with others, and with God? Seeking Peace, explores many facets of humankind's ageless search for peace. It plumbs a wealth of spiritual traditions and draws on the wisdom of some exceptional (and some very ordinary) people who have found peace in surprising places. 1999 Independent Publisher book award.

Johann Christoph Arnold's best-selling titles on sexuality, parenting, death and dying, forgiveness, and peace have sold over 75,000 copies. His books draw chiefly on his experiences as a pastor at the Bruderhof, a Christian community movement, and from wisdom gleaned from a lifetime of counseling couples and singles, teens and young adults, prison inmates, the aged, and the terminally ill.

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What People Are Saying

Mairead McGuire
Seeking Peace inspires each of us to seek peace within our own hearts.The stories in this book give hope that with God's grace and through our acceptance of his will, we can find wholeness, happiness, and harmony, which is, after all, the fulfillment of God's plan for humanity.
John Michael Talbot
Peace builds on justice and the mercy of forgiveness. It also begins by being peace. These simple truths are manifested by this beautiful and compelling book. This book has something to say to those of all faiths, and further, to believer and non-believer alike.
Bo Lozoff
I highly recommend Seeking Peace. In an age when bestseller lists bombard us with feel-good-about-yourself spirituality, Arnold dares to write frankly and deeply about the components of true peace: self-sacrifice, obedience, humility, and even longsuffering--unpopular ideas indeed. As Arnold points out, true peace is a radical state, not for the faint of heart. I am grateful for this insightful book, especially for the way it draws not only on the author's own Christian faith, but on the wisdom of other traditions.
Thomas Green
Seeking Peace is solidly rooted in the Christian--and even Jewish and Buddhist--tradition. As Arnold reminds us, Jesus' peace has nothing to do with passivity, nor is it for the spineless or self-absorbed. It demands deeds of love.
Thomas Howard
Seeking Peace is a gem. The candor, simplicity, and humanity of the whole text, and especially of the anecdotes, should recommend it to an exceedingly wide reading public.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874869583
  • Publisher: Plough Publishing House, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 237
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.79 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Table of Contents

Madeleine L'Engle
Preface Thich Nhat Hanh
Seeking Peace
Peace as the Absence of War
Peace in the Bible
Peace as a Social Cause
Peace in Personal Life
The Peace of God
The Peace that Passes Understanding
Not Peace, but a Sword
The Violence of Love
No Life without Death
The Wisdom of Fools
The Strength of Weakness
Stepping Stones
The Abundant Life
Index of Names

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2000

    This book helped Cassie

    This is one of the books that meant a lot to (Columbine martyr) Cassie Bernall in her seeking for a new life of faith. Friends from Littleton told me she was actually wanting to tell her youth group about this book on the day of the tragedy. This book and another called 'Discipleship' were found after her death heavily underlined and highlited by Cassie. I hope that other young adults can discover this book and let it impact their lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2000


    As we rush around fufilling the responsibilities of job, family, and civics, we do well to pause and remind ourselves what it's all for. Here is a good book to do it with. In his signature style, Arnold collects vignettes of some who have found a source of strength hidden in inward peace. His premise is timeless but needs constant reinforcement, that meaning and purpose flow from within and that time spent seeking peace bears fruit. In a hypertext world, here is a welcome change, and a delightful read, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2000

    Stressed? Need to connect with what's real?

    This book is chock full of sound, practical help for seeking true peace in your life. Featuring intimate, personal stories of the search for peace, this is a book you can identify with and glean important lessons for living.

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