If revenge and retaliation are the best responses that our nation couldmuster after 9/11, then Jesus did not have to come, live among us, and preach aradical understanding of neighbor that includes the enemy.
In the wake of the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, as tensions rise between Christiansand Muslims, author and religious studies professor David Carlson seeks guidancein the modern-day deserts of monastic communities across America. Are Christianityand Islam destined to confront one other as clashing civilizations? Peace Be with You: Monastic Wisdom for a Terror-Filled World clearly answers No.
Peace Be With You is the result of more than thirty interviews with abbots, nuns, monks, and other seekers at monasteries and retreat centers. Carlson reveals theuntapped wisdom of these men and women in their own words as they speak withhope to a suffering world. Follow the author on this personal, moving, and at timesdifficult journey, and discover a new yet ancient basis for genuine peace betweenChristianity and other religions especially Islam.
It is time for Christians to use their power to change the conversation, Carlsonsays, to ponder Jesus command to treat the stranger as our neighbor and to treatour neighbor not only as ourselves, but as God in our midst.
"As Carlson reminds us, there is another thing stirring around the world. There is amovement of extremists for love and for grace that have been singing a different song.
One of the richest, most insightful, and most instructive books I have ever read on thebusiness of living the Christian life fully, biblically, faithfully, and non-dogmatizedly.