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One of 197 nominees for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, Dear recounts his nearly 30 years of waging peace through speaking, networking, writing (25 books so far) and spearheading nonviolent demonstrations. While studying at Duke University, he decided to forsake his frat-boy ways for life as a Jesuit priest. His resolution took further shape after graduation during a transformative pilgrimage to Israel: I would go forth from the Sea of Galilee forever opposing injustice, poverty, and war. From then on, Dear was in trouble most of the time. Repeatedly jailed and often rebuked by religious superiors as he doggedly criticized U.S. policies, violated state property and told influential people how to behave, he accepted suffering as the necessary cost of following Jesus. Though his account could use more introspection, he writes moving descriptions of atrocities he personally witnessed in Iraqi and in Central American war zones, and his humane concerns are evident in his work with 9/11 survivors. Unfortunately, his righteousness will alienate readers who do not already share his beliefs. (Aug.)
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Dear is a Jesuit priest who knows the inside of a prison cell all too well, having been arrested more than 75 times—at first blush, a shocking figure for a man of peace. His remarkable memoir, however, makes sense of it all. He takes the teachings of Jesus seriously and tries to live according to Jesus’ nonviolent ideals. This has made him unpopular with the military, the police, and members of his church. Once a fraternity guy at Duke University with visions of becoming a Jackson Browne/James Taylor–like singer-songwriter, Dear changed course after reading a memoir by Robert F. Kennedy about his pursuit of justice, and meeting a devout Catholic sophomore in a seminar on the art of biography. Dear vowed to reject violence as best I might and become a Jesuit priest, thereby embarking on a journey around the world, from the Holy Land to El Salvador, from New York City to Washington, D.C., from Northern Ireland to Palestine, and finally, to New Mexico. Dear’s account of it is inspiring, moving, and thoughtful. --June SawyersSee all Editorial Reviews
Helpful in seeing my own lack of committing to social justice. Admire his commitment.Published 3 months ago by Marcia A. Ertola
as a young Jesuit priest, the world was before him and he could do many things, He choose to help the poor and the afflicted, and asked God where he needed to go and what he should... Read morePublished 3 months ago by barbara j belknap
A fascinating peek into the making and life of a true leader in non-violence and peacemaking. While some of Fr. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Craig Bergland
John Dear is a peace movement icon- and justly so. This book is a must to have.Published 10 months ago by moby pablo
Absolutely wonderful book about a Living Saint! We'd heard of this book and are using it as a part of our Prayer Time to focus on Peace and finding it in a Nonviolent way. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Peggy's Posts
John Dear is one of the very great heroes of our time! He is absolutely dedicated to peace. For Fr. Dear, nonviolence and the Gospel are one thing. Read morePublished 14 months ago by M. lewis
I have as yet not yet arrived. I received John 's other book. But not this one. I believe this to be his best book.Published 19 months ago by Eugene F. Thompson
This book gave such a great perspective on how Jesus would deal with difficult issues such as war.
The author gives great insights into how he feels we, as Christians, should... Read more
If only we all could be so dedicated. I true hero, teacher and guide. Peace is possible now! Follow the path.Published 19 months ago by DEBORAH A SCHUSTER