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Osen for myself it proved to be a book worth reading indeed I m not a Christian and wasn t raised one I was drawn to this book because I ve always liked learning about contemplative traditions This book is accessible for those who aren t Christian and has beautiful and painful messages for all of us Highly recommend Peace Be With You by David Carlson is a book which examines how monks responded to the events of 911 This is a difficult book to read not in style but in content If one expects a superficial analysis of Christian responses to 911 then one should look elsewhere It might be easy to dismiss the book as blame America first but that response is for those who use Christianity as a bat to bludgeon others Rather the reflection that Carlson shares are about examining oneself and changing oneself first rather then seeing how others are to blameThis book is perhaps one of the few sustained reflections on the Christian response to 911 The access point is uniue through the use of monks By accepting the reflection of monks and in an typically Orthodox fashion the reflection include the words of the living and the dead If you are looking for a book that says the United States is justified in what it has done in the name of fighting terrorism then you should not read this book In addition if you have an ounce of integrity you should not call yourself a Christian either for in reality you probably worship America and not God But if you wish to be challenged as to reflect on how you need change and I include myself in that you then read it immediatelyDisclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze com book review bloggers program I was not reuired to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising Homo Homini LupushttpmanisawolftomenblogspotcomPeace Be With You by David Carlson delves into the monastic life from an unexpected angle After a series of seemingly disconnected promptings Carlson set his mind to travel around to a number of monasteries a practice that was already familiar to this convert to Greek Orthodox to find a word of life much like those pilgrims long ago who sought out the desert FathersCarlson sought to understand the world after 911 and to do so he looked to the monastic traditions hoping their separation from the world would grant a uniue perspective something fresh and clean and Christian not the stale and spoil of our modern world our false conservatism that says instead of return not evil for evil but You got me I m gonna get youOver and again Carlson is given an answer of peace an answer of love and not one of retaliation the response most often heard in the media and even among our peers This is a read that will be painful for many or if not painful then revolting and rejected out of hand Such is the way that darkness hates the light yet the call within these pages is like that of Christ s Sermon on the Mount that we would love our neighbors and pray for our enemiesAt one point toward the end of Carlson s monastic circuit he comes to the conclusion that *911 Ought To Be *ought to be in light of the death and resurrection For me this was one of the most powerful moments of the narrative He says that God the Father when Christ gave up the ghost had a choice to make at that very moment and that this choice is the same we each make every time that we are wronged whether to retaliate or to forgive to seek are wronged whether to retaliate or to forgive to seek or to grant loveYesterday I saw a headline that said the number two man for Al aeda had been illed I imagine a number of people reading the same line were glad or even celebrating as in May when bin Laden was illed but my mind turned toward the monasteries I wonder what response Christ would have what response we are called to have and my mind uickly went to this man s family Did he have a wife Children No doubt he had a mother a father maybe brothers and sisters How many people did he have who loved him in spite of his faults How would they react to such a tragedy And so I prayed and in that moment pray for one s enemies became something real and not just an oft heard oft spoke platitudeWere the message itself misplaced this book would be worth reading for its ind and familiar narrative style Carlson comes through in his choice of words so that in this uasi memoir part life part travelogue one can find the man and the journey making the road a pleasure to walkPropter Sanguinem AgniRSDisclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze com book review bloggers program I was not reuired to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising Good Lenten read as the author spends a year visiting monks and nuns six years later and getting their reflections on the 911 and aftermath A pretty different perspective from many Americans I would guess and very thought provoking I still remember hearing those words from Alan Jackson on live TVI was emotionally bare and yet unaffected by what happenedAs most Americans I wanted vengeance and I wanted it to be big and loud and violentI listened to Toby Keith s Courtesy of the Red White and Blue I cheered during the first strikes on Afghanistan and IraThey were evil and we were goodThat was it Plain and simpleBut as I have reflected a lot over these last 10 years I have were goodThat was it Plain and simpleBut as I have reflected a lot over these last 10 years I have to realize that the world isn t black and white like thatWhat they did was horribleBut our response ha. To change the conversation Carlson says to ponder Jesus' command to treat the stranger as our neighbor and to treat our neighbor not only as ourselves but as God in our midstAs Carlson reminds us there is another thing stirring around the world There is a movement of extremists for love and for grace that have been singing a different song Shane ClaiborneOne of the richest most insightful and most instructive books I have ever read on the business of living the Christian life fully biblically faithfully and non dogmatizedly Phyllis Tickl. One of the many divisions in 21st Century America stems from life changing attacks we suffered on 91101 how do we now live in this age of the War on Terror The answers are as varied as the religious and political beliefs we each hold onto In the wake of the ten year anniversary of 911 religious studies professor David Carlson seeks guidance in the modern day How should the worldChristians in particularrespond to the horrifying events of 911or to that matter suffering in general Peace Be With You by David Carlson is largely a personnel journey and reflection on that issue Carlson spent time a few years after 911 visiting various monasteries around the country and yessome people may be surprised to now that there ARE monasteries in the US gaining insight about how we can and should respond to the terror filled war At the heart of this moving and at times deeply insightful book is an understanding that Christians have not been living up to the vision held up by Jesus to love one s enemies and to strive for a world of peace rather than a world at war Carlson rightfully regrets that Jesus has been brought into this war as a banner around which many Christians justify their persecution of Muslims and the invasion of foreign countries Isn t there a better way to approach the current crisis before us and have we missed an opportunity presented to usCarlson makes no bones about where he stands on the issue and where he has come down 911 could and should have been a bridge to the world Instead of declaring war we as a country should have offered forgiveness and sought a peaceful solution for the world 911 should have been a moment for us to reflect as a nation and a culture about the ways we create the injustice in the world that results in a 911 For the record while Carlson rightfully evaluates our culpability in this event he does NOT condone the actions of the terrorists and expresses deep regret sadness and even anger over their actions Deeply influenced by Thomas Merton Carlson reflects on the fear and isolationism that gives rise to such hatred Hell for Carlson is present in the world mainly through isolationism withdrawing into one s self Of course I uestion how he might deal with Sartre s observation that hell is other people We fear the Other instead of loving them and we destroy community instead of building it This is evident in our actions as a nation and in the rhetoric that both President Bush and Pope Benedict have used The answer lies in love We ought to love our enemies and we ought to express that love through action He cites the example of rebuilding after the Tsunami as a helpful corrective action rather than the War on Terror This love is exemplified in the lives of the monks at the monasteries he visited Rather than being withdrawn from the world Carlson found them engaged in the world through love Carlson does have numerous unresolved issues however First and foremost might be the nature of current war No matter how wronged the Islamists may have been their current incarnation does not seem to be moved by acts of love Whenever you have a group of people who are bent on world domination and dedicated to their cause to

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do you realistically them They Have Spurned Our Acts have spurned our acts charity and made it impossible for some populations to receive gifts of food and water How can we engage with a population of people who have their goal to ill usI think this is the uestion that plagued Dietrich Bonhoeffer and ultimately led him to abandon some of his pacifist understanding and engage with the plot to ill Hitler How does the world truly engage peace and can peace start with any violence at all Shane Clairborne dealt with this issue by volunteering to be a human shield in Ira And I think that might be the broader uestion that is at stake herethe uestion of human nature Can we Fix The Problem Without Fixing The Peopleand the problem without fixing the peopleand think that is the strength in Carlson s monastic approach The monastic life is about changing the hearts and lives of people If enough people engaged in this deeper contemplation perhaps then the world can truly be changed Carlson s writing is very personal and personable Like Thomas Merton I felt like I had a good insight into the character strengths and struggles of Dr Carlson It is a very accessible book and can be read in a short period of time but like the monks he spends time with perhaps needs to be thought over deeply I recommend this book for all Christians especially pastors and those interested in creating a world of peace out of a world filled with terrorGrade B If I could recommend only one must read this year this would be the one Especially important if you consider yourself a Christian but helpful in forwarding understanding regardless of your religious orientation or lack thereof For the record I m a ChristianBuddhistTaoistAgnostic and none of those chew on that a while I received this book free from Thomas Nelson s Booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review I loved this book and I feel the timing with the 10 year anniversary of 911 soon upon us and the recent demise of Osama Bin Laden which the author concludes with revealing sentiments similar to my own and others I now was perfect I just hope that there are people who are ready to hear what he has to share what his discussions with devoted people of faith monks and nuns and retreatants etc helped to stir in him and through the pages causes to stir in usWhich is basically that there was another way to respond to 911 another way to think one that was in line with the message and call of Jesus than the way most of us chose to respondThat being said though I didn t feel this book comes across preachy or overly pious It reads easily and moves you at least it did me While. If revenge and retaliation are the best responses that our nation could muster after 911 then Jesus did not have to come live among us and preach a radical understanding of 'neighbor' that includes the enemy In the wake of the ten year anniversary of 911 as tensions rise between Christians and Muslims author and religious studies professor David Carlson seeks guidance in the modern day deserts of monastic communities across America Are Christianity and Islam destined to confront one other as clashing civilizations Peace Be with You Monas. .

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I already agreed with the author before reading I did feel enriched by doing soI loved that this book wasn t really about Islam or Muslims or even really about the 911 attacks in themselves it was about the importance of recognizing that violence perpetuates violence that love and forgiveness are what change hearts are what will change the world How they are what will bring an end to the animosity we seeI also was very appreciative of the fact that the author didn t perpetuate misinformation about Islam especially since so many are still so uninformed about it that instead he even mentions an imbalance of understanding between the traditions Christianity and Islam page 5 since as Islam sees itself as a fulfillment of the Abrahamic religions Muslims tend to be uite Art, Culture, and Cuisine: Ancient and Medieval Gastronomy knowledgeable when it comes to Christianity and its doctrinebeliefs but most Christiansnow only misinformation and propagandaBut like I said this book wasn t about educating us on Islam Instead it was about the idea of love and peace in a world of terror how love and compassion honoring the sacred value of all humans page 87 are what we need to achieve peace compassion not military might will end this war of terror page109By touching on how war is hell and how Jesus calls us to a different way all the while admitting that such a different way doesn t condone or brush over the actions of terrorists through the pages we reflect on how we failed to understand that 911 was a moment of choice between heaven and hell God and vengeance how we had not become instruments of grace We had not responded to 911 as instruments of the gospel In our triumphalism we had denied the cross both from page 243I loved the idea of helping our adversaries recover their humanity page 247 instead of getting wrapped up in confrontation that makes us blind to their humanity as well as leads us to losing sight of our own along with the idea of how such thoughts tie in with the message of Jesus to love all not just even our enemies but especially those adversariesI understand that the idea of love and forgiveness for those Muslims may be difficult for some but that s what Jesus asks of us Pointing fingers and calling for vengeance is easy Jesus calls us to a harder way because only radical love can heal the worldThe author tells us on page 91 I felt that I could be an American after 911 and ignore Jesus message of radical forgiveness but I could not do that and still be a Christian It s about recognizing the unity in humanity in realizing that someone has to break the cycle of hate and violence and remind us all that we are one together united in our human existence about recognizing that the path toward healing is always present and that path demands that we taste the humanity of our enemies page 242 It s about how peace is not the absence of anyone or anything not the absence of Osama bin Laden not the absence of al aeda and the Taliban not the absence of all adversaries who come to mind Peace is rather the presence of mercy and justice of compassion for the neighbor eual to God s compassion with us page 269He reminds us that Instead of asking how we can eradicate al aeda and radical Islamism we should ponder another uestion what will it take to heal religious terrorism page 247Moving and full of spiritual nourishment this book is an absolute must read for any American follower of Christ perfectly spiritual nourishment this book is an absolute must read for any American follower of Christ perfectly for the 10th anniversary of 911 and I d like to close by uoting an excerpt from page xi that not only summarizes the book but leaves one with something to ponder I began this journey with a sense of a divided world the them whom we wish to annihilate on one side and the us whom we wish to protect on the other By the end of the journey my own divided heart was beginning to heal The process was painful but I eventually and gradually found myself waking to a new reality where the divided worlds of enemy *And Friend Have Been Replaced By Only One Category The *friend have been replaced by only one category the who has sacred value Every person of appropriate age remembers where they were on the morning of September 11 2001 after having learned of the transpiring events of that day Each individual experienced a reaction of sorts Such reactions include feelings of anger resentment sadness and shock Our nation as a whole responded as well though not all have agreed on the executive response that was made shortly after in an attempt to rectify the damage caused on 911 Namely the decision to go to war In Peace Be With You Monastic Wisdom for a Terror Filled World David Carlson attempts to ask a different uestion one not often considered in such times of crisis Specifically how could we have better responded In answering this uestion Carlson conducts a variety of interviews with monks and nuns of the monastic order in hopes to reveal what we missed in the event of 911 It s uite obvious that something was missed in that there is still no peace It seems we re even farther from experiencing peace now than ever before Each interview provided a new thought to be considered Each I would suggest was enlightening and helped in answering the aforementioned uestion These interviews are finally stitched into a coherent whole within the last chapter with the conclusion being that we could have responded differently by truly acting as Jesus would have Which in turn would have eliminated the possibility of war It is also worth noting that Carlson as well as those interviewed offer substantial information on the monastic life In reading one will gain a better understanding of those who have chosen monasticism as a way of life and will hopefully conclude with a deeper respect for those involved That being said I highly recommend reading Peace Be With You by David Carlson While it s not normally a book I would have ch. Tic Wisdom for a Terror Filled World clearly answers No Peace Be With You is the result of than thirty interviews with abbots nuns monks and other seekers at monasteries and retreat centers Carlson reveals the untapped wisdom of these men and women in their own words as they speak with hope to a suffering world Follow the author on this personal moving and at times difficult journey and discover a new yet ancient basis for genuine peace between Christianity and other religions especially IslamIt is time for Christians to use their power. Peace Be with You