The United Nations established the International Day of Peace (observed on September 21 each year) in 1981. Here we take a look at five audiobooks that show just how powerful peace and love can be.
Through a dazzling combination of memoir, history, reporting, visual culture, literature, and theology, Sarah Sentilles offers an impassioned defense of life lived by peace and principle. It is a literary collage with an urgent hope at its core: that art might offer tools for remaking the world.
Listen to an excerpt Draw Your Weapons
In a practical seven-step program, Chopra shows the reader how to become a true peacemaker. â€śViolence may be innate in human nature, but so is its opposite: love. The next stage of humanity, the leap which we are poised to take, will be guided by the force of that love.â€ť
Listen to an excerpt Peace Is the Way
Pulitzer Prizeâ€“winner Joseph Lelyveld shows in vivid, unmatched detail how Gandhiâ€™s sense of mission, social values, and philosophy of nonviolent resistance were shaped on another subcontinentâ€”during two decades in South Africaâ€”and then tested by an India that quickly learned to revere him as a Mahatma, or â€śGreat Soul,â€ť while following him only a small part of the way to the social transformation he envisioned.
Listen to an excerpt Great Soul
As the youngest marcher in the 1965 voting-rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Lynda Blackmon Lowery shows today’s young readers what it means to fight nonviolently (even when the police are using violence, as in the Bloody Sunday protest) and how it felt to be part of changing American history.
Listen to an excerpt Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom
Both the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have been tested by great personal and national adversity, and here they share their personal stories of struggle and renewal. Now they spread the core message that to have joy yourself, you must bring joy to others.
Listen to an excerpt The Book of Joy