Today is the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, “a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.” To celebrate, here are five books that promote peace and non-violence in our world.
- Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict by Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephen – This non-fiction book examines all of the ways that non-violent resistant has worked, and has not worked, throughout history. It is a must-read for activists.
- The Story of My Experiments with Truth Mahatma Gandhi – A massive tome, this is Mahatma Gandhi’s autobiography, specifically of how he developed his path of non-violence.
- Peace is an Offering by Annette LeBox – This is a children’s book in poem format about peace and community.
- Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World by H.H. The Dalai Lama – I’ve read so many of the Dalai Lama’s books, especially back when I was just learning about meditation and Buddhist philosophy. In this one, he lays out a plan for how we can function more peacefully as a society.
- This is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt is Shaping the Twenty-First Century by Mark Engler and Paul Engler – Our current political climate is one of resistance and protest, and this book examines those movements.
What are your favorite books on peace and non-violence?