In a violent world, and amid the reality of catastrophic climate change, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Where can we turn to find the courage and inspiration, we need to stay hopeful and to keep working for peace? International peace activist Fr. John Dear has always found support and comfort in the psalms. In this profound and deeply reflective book he helps us see that “if we read the psalms from Jesus’ vision of nonviolence, we will find new strength to turn away from hate and anger toward greater trust and devotion to God and newfound wisdom, gratitude, and wonder.”
Filled with stories from his life and steeped in wisdom from both the Eastern and the Western peace traditions, these powerful and prayerful contemplations of thirty-two key psalms will strengthen our daily commitment to nonviolence and love. “May these pages,” says Fr. Dear, “encourage you on your journey and lead you to even greater blessings of peace.”
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John Dear is an internationally known voice for peace and nonviolence. Featured in TheNew York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” and more, he is the author of more than 30 books. A priest of the diocese of Monterey, California, Dear was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.