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The Story of Peace Paperback – June 1, 2007
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I believe Miriam Ezeh's triumphant novel should be on the shelves of schools across the country--and not just Catholic schools. I recommend this book highly for readers of all faiths and all ages--but particularly for impressionable teens and young adults who will benefit so much from its messages about faith, hope, chastity, sacrificial love, and of course, peace. ~Laura on Goodreads
I read this book weeks ago and the story is still with me. I can imagine it playing out on the big screen as a dynamic movie. Catholicism is beautifully portrayed alongside a chaste, moral love story. Highly recommended reading for teens and adults. ~Nancy Carabio Belanger, popular fiction writer of "Olivia and the Little Way," "Olivia's Gift," and "The Gate."
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After she loses her mother and father, in a brutal act of terrorism during a war with a neighboring village, Peace (barely more than a girl herself) must become a mother to her younger brother, a teenager named Lawrence. Unlike Peace, Lawrence is consumed with anger and longs to punish an entire village—the innocent along with the guilty—to avenge his parents’ deaths. He becomes part of an underground group whose plan is to fight violence with violence, and Peace is sick with worry. Her one goal in life is to take care of her brother and keep him safe from harm, and she doesn’t know what to do.
Enter a devout young American doctor named John Williams, whose late mother was born in Peace’s village. He has reverted to the Catholic Faith, after having fallen away, and has returned to Africa to settle in his mother’s birthplace. His plan is to set up a medical clinic to help all the needy people of that war-torn area. John is immediately taken with the quiet and serenely beautiful young woman named Peace, who works so hard and so selflessly to make a home for herself and her brother. The relationship that develops between John and Peace shows young readers what REAL love—chaste, pure, sacrificial love, the kind that mimics the love Our Lord has for us—looks like.
Throughout Ezeh’s book, Peace’s sweet and childlike faith is touching and inspiring. When she was a child, her mother taught her that she should tell Jesus everything that was in her heart; “He loves you so much and is listening to you,” she assured her daughter. Peace has taken her mother’s sage advice and adopted the practice of talking to Him often; and as she prays aloud when her soul is filled with fear and anguish, she begins by saying, “My dear Jesus, it’s me.” Those five simple words, uttered with such trust in the listener, speak volumes about this young girl’s relationship with Our Lord.
The title of this book has a two-fold meaning: it is about an unforgettable young heroine, a peaceful soul named Peace Udomm, who embodies the kind of pure, unwavering love for God—and utmost faith in His will for her life--that is reminiscent of the saints; but it is also about peace itself, about finding a way to end the hatred that leads men to wage war on one another.
"The Story of Peace" is a story of love and loss, of war and peace, of sin and redemption. Although it is only 163 pages long, it is an epic book.
I believe Miriam Ezeh’s triumphant novel should be on the shelves of schools across the country—and not just Catholic schools. I recommend this book highly for readers of all faiths and all ages--but particularly for impressionable teens and young adults who will benefit so much from its messages about faith, hope, chastity, sacrificial love, and of course, peace.
"The Story of Peace" is a tribute to all people who embrace the will of God with open hearts and who hold fast to the belief in the Mercy of Jesus Christ.
Joan L. Kelly, author of Christian adventure stories
Follow Peace, a beautiful, faithful young Catholic woman, as she confronts the tragic circumstances of her life by immersing herself in prayer, forgiveness, chastity and hope. The Story of Peace by Miriam Ezeh can be purchased here @ Amazon.com. This beautiful story is not to be missed!
The Story of Peace by Miriam Ezeh is so lovely! I really enjoyed this and felt spiritually nourished by the values so faithfully presented!
**I was given this review book from the publisher and was not obligated to give a positive review.
My daughter liked Ezeh's plot choices the best in this novel. [spoiler warning!]
The death of a character's family member took her particularly by surprise. A tough critic, she did mention she'd have liked to see more development among some of the minor characters.
Still, for those who know my daughter, this small amount of criticism constitutes high praise! :)
As a teacher myself, I increased the star rating from 4 to 5 overall, for the good study questions that appeared at the end of the story. This would not only be a good fiction novel for girls, but comes with a ready-made short curriculum as well for home-schooling parents looking for good reading material and chapter-by-chapter study questions for your child to work with.