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Peace Be with You: Monastic Wisdom for a Terror-Filled World Paperback – August 1, 2011
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Carlson interviewed monastics at a desert community in the Southwest, at a tiny Ukrainian monastery in the Minnesota woods, and at the famed Gethsemani Trappist abbey in Kentucky, once the home of Thomas Merton. (Merton's vision of Christ in all people figures largely in Peace Be With You.)
It was Carlson's unexpected and long interview with Gethsemani's abbot that turned this book from simply an examination of reaction to 9/11 toward something much deeper and more personal. And something which, while aimed initially at Christians, has much to say to people of all faiths.
Radical forgiveness of our enemies as the way forward in a dark world is the heart of this beautifully and modestly written book. I read it the week of Osama bin Laden's death. On my porch, struggling, I directed a prayer of forgiveness for this terrible enemy--and left him, so far as my imperfect nature allows, to the judgment of God.
This is a book to read and re-read, by lectio divina, the spirit of divine light.
William Bridges, professor emeritus of journalism, Franklin College.
Through a series of interviews, Carlson goes on a journey to understand how people in monasteries responded to 9/11 and what their context and training helped them to do and how to reflect on it. These brothers and sisters who have sworn vows of stability, obedience, and renounced pursuit of possessions for the sake of prayer and the good of their neighbors have many helpful insights and a love for God and people that is inspiring. And, yet, Carlson often misses the opportunity to see that the Gospel itself is radical enough without having to indulge some of his own less orthodox tendencies. It's a good read, but one that requires discernment.
Carlson sought to understand the world after 9/11 and to do so he looked to the monastic traditions hoping their separation from the world would grant a unique perspective, something fresh and clean and Christian, not the stale and spoil of our modern world, our false conservatism, that says instead of "return not evil for evil," but, "You got me I'm gonna get you."
Over and again Carlson is given an answer of peace, an answer of love, and not one of retaliation, the response most often heard in the media, and even among our peers. This is a read that will be painful for many, or if not painful, then revolting and rejected out of hand. Such is the way that darkness hates the light, yet the call within these pages is like that of Christ's Sermon on the Mount, that we would love our neighbors and pray for our enemies.
At one point toward the end of Carlson's monastic circuit he comes to the conclusion that 9/11 ought to be seen in light of the death and resurrection. For me this was one of the most powerful moments of the narrative. He says that God the Father, when Christ gave up the ghost, had a choice to make at that very moment--and that this choice is the same we each make every time that we are wronged--whether to retaliate or to forgive, to seek vengeance or to grant love.
Yesterday I saw a headline that said the number two man for Al-Qaeda had been killed.Read more ›
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I appreciate how David Carlson has taken the time to look at different views of our terror filled world. What causes "terror"? What is our response to terrorists? Read morePublished on June 9, 2014 by Nancy Black
A wise seeker after truth visits a series of monasteries,
seeking wisdom for the correct reaction to 9/11 and an
antidote to American war-mongering
Thank you Doctor Carlson for continuing this most needed eye opening and heart rendering book based on the project God has gifted you on your journey home. Read morePublished on September 5, 2012 by Papa Wade
I admit that I was intrigued by the concept of this book but I was skeptical that it would be just another book that glosses over religious conflict in favour of a more upbeat... Read morePublished on July 27, 2012 by Mary Lavers (in Canada)
This is a bold book that touches on a sensitive topic of 9/11 and the need for an alternative response, like to forgive one's enemies. Read morePublished on June 13, 2012 by Dr Conrade Yap
As a former student of Dr. David Carlson, when he told me that he was writing a book on Monasticism, I jumped at the chance to read the book because he and I share a common passion... Read morePublished on April 20, 2012 by Joshua Hatton
Have the courage to pick up this peace-filled book - and step out of the collective paranoia, suspicion and hatred that has gripped America since 9/11 . . .Published on March 5, 2012 by Anastasios Gounaris
Years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, David Carlson still felt unsettled, haunted by a vague feeling that the United States had set upon the wrong path - a path of retaliation... Read morePublished on December 28, 2011 by Tammie Gitt
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