“I regard myself as a soldier, though a soldier of peace. I know the value of discipline and truth.” —MAHATMA GANDHI
“Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. It is a weapon unique in history, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.” —MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
SOLDIERS OF PEACE: How to Wield the Weapon of Nonviolence with Maximum Force
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West Point graduate and Iraq War veteran Paul K. Chappell exposes naive myths about violence and nonviolence that prevent us from solving the root causes of our national and global problems. This prophetic book addresses the crises that are affecting the United States (and many other countries) by discussing the new idea of peace literacy, why we must embrace struggle, the power and danger of language, and how the erosion of truth threatens us all. He argues persuasively for the need to take our understanding of nonviolence to a far higher level.
Offering much-needed hope and empathy, Soldiers of Peace shows how the four stars in the constellation of peace can guide us toward the pragmatic solutions humanity needs in order to survive. Chappell reveals how realistic hope can emerge from despair, how radical empathy can arise from rage, and how we can all become soldiers of peace working to create a more peaceful, just, and positive world.
Soldiers of Peace is the sixth book in Chappell’s seven-book Road to Peace series.
The titles in this important series can be read in any order. All are about waging peace, ending war, the art of living, and what it means to be human. In a world where so many “solutions” deal with surface symptoms rather than the root causes of our problems, Chappell’s books provide real guidance we can apply to change ourselves and our world for the better.