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Cultivating Peace

Becoming a 21st Century Peace Ambassador

262 pages • $15.95 paperback • $9.95 eBook

Shift Books (June 15, 2012) • 978-0984840717

 

“At once both tough and tender, this masterpiece is the finest map I know to the transformation of self and civilization.

If you read only one book this year, this is it!”

— Jean Houston, founder of the field of Social Artistry

 

“This brilliant manifesto weaves science, spirituality, and social healing into a practical peace roadmap for us all.”

— Deepak Chopra, author of Peace Is the Way

 

 

 

“A wise and unprecedented guide to the social healing that our world urgently needs now.”

— Lynne Twist, author of The Soul of Money and cofounder of the Pachamama Alliance

Penned by a world-renowned social healer and peacemaker, Cultivating Peace entirely reframes the mission of building a worldwide culture of peace in the twenty-first-century.

This profound guide ranges far wider than conventional writings on “techniques” of conflict resolution, integrating the author’s dramatic personal experience in the world’s violent conflict zones with his vast experience in the arenas of societal healing from intense trauma, human rights, consciousness studies, and reconciliation work.

O’Dea is unique in providing an integral approach to field of peacebuilding, covering its oft-ignored cultural, spiritual, and scientific dimensions.

A comprehensive roadmap for today’s peace ambassadors

In providing theoretical and practical guidance for facilitators of deep dialogue between perpetrator and victim, O’Dea strikes deep chords of optimism even as he teaches us how to face “the heart of darkness.”

His poetic, soulful voice calls readers to new ways to think about peace-building in our personal and professional lives.

Ideal for peace activists, mediators, negotiators, psychologists, educators, business leaders, and clergy, this handbook presents a unique set of tools and perspectives for fostering peace in the coming century.

Acclaim for Cultivating Peace

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—Jean Houston, founder of the field of Social Artistry

"This is one of the most important and profound books of our time. In luminous prose, the great visionary activist James O’Dea communicates the ideals and practices of peace in ways that summon a spiritual and social evolution. At once both tough and tender, this masterpiece is the finest map I know to the transformation of self and civilization. If you read only one book this year, this is it!”

—Mark Gerzon, author of Leading Through Conflict and Global Citizens

“This marvelous book has the potential to grow peacebuilding to the point that every school, every business, and every community incorporates these principles. James O’Dea's life experience and skillful writing make peacebuilding personal and accessible. He shows us that ‘cultivating peace’ is not just what UN diplomats or professional mediators do. It’s a vital part of each of our lives.”

—Abdul Aziz Said, International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program

“O’Dea liberates our imagination about peace; his insights enrich the field of conflict transformation.”

—Deepak Chopra, author of Peace Is the Way

“This brilliant manifesto weaves science, spirituality, and social healing into a practical peace roadmap for us all.”

—Professor Michael Nagler, cofounder of the Peace and Conflict Studies

“The peace movement, and what Kenneth Boulding called the much broader ‘movement toward peace’ in human consciousness, has long been fragmented, without a compelling and unifying narrative—and therefore is much less effective as a cause than is implied by the power of the truths it contains. James O’Dea’s book is an important contribution toward the articulation of that narrative, especially bringing out the many inner components of peacebuilding—the only place from which peace can really come.”

— Lynne Twist, author of The Soul of Money, Pachamama Alliance

“James O'Dea is a modern-day prophet who has journeyed further than anyone I know in search of the ways of peace. He is both a consummate scholar and an unwavering activist whose lifework has been in service of a peaceful world. In his brilliant new book, Cultivating Peace, he tells the real and deep truth about what peace really is and what it takes to bring it forth in today’s troubled world. This book is O’Dea’s long-awaited magnum opus, a wise and unprecedented guide to the social healing that our world urgently needs now.”

— Lynne McTaggart, author of The Intention Experiment and The Bond

“This superbly written and seminal guide to peacemaking by the brilliant and visionary James O’Dea reveals a profound truth: peacemaking is a two-way, transformational process that begins in our own hearts. Cultivating Peace is so packed full of nuggets of wisdom for both self-transformation and spiritual activism that it should come with a warning: read this book only when you’re prepared to heal yourself and everyone around you.”

—Ervin Laszlo, renowned systems theorist and founder of Global Shift University

“James O’Dea is indubitably one of the most evolved souls on this planet. He can advise others on how to become a global peace ambassador because he is one himself. The spread of his message worldwide is one of the key preconditions of creating a peaceful transformation worldwide—and in time.”

—Duane Elgin, author of Voluntary Simplicity, The Living Universe

“Don’t dismiss James O’Dea as a simple zealot for peace. Instead, he is a sophisticated ambassador for a new humanity and world system. Cultivating Peace is a wise and warmhearted book that is seasoned by years of firsthand experience in the reality of human conflict. O’Dea invites us to change our collective story, awaken to a global consciousness, and envision the great work of deep reconciliation as the foundation for a promising future.”

—Barbara Marx Hubbard,author of Conscious Evolutio

“James O’Dea penetrates to the soul level where the source of love lives. By recognizing and loving that universal essence of being within us, no matter who we are, he reveals and heals the violence. He provides us with a path that each of us can follow to heal ourselves and the world. I find that every moment I spend with him is precious and brings peace to my soul.”

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