Story-Formed Pathways to Peace
About the Book
Story-Formed Pathways to Peace calls readers to action around a single vision—making peace a reality. It draws on the unexpected power of stories to transform the world. The stories retold here have resonated through the ages not only with those religious but also with thinkers, artists, musicians, and others who have seen in them universal patterns of behavior. Now retold with commentary as seen through the lens of conflict and peacemaking, they illuminate pathways to peace as relevant today as when first told. Each chapter is fronted with imagined headlines of the ancient story with actual parallel headlines from the present, thus highlighting this connection of past and present. It is then in going back that pathways toward peace are illuminated for the present and future. The wisdom tradition of sacred texts is hereby extended.
About the Author
Dalton Reimer is a peace educator in the mode of the traditional storyteller. Professionally, he is professor emeritus, former academic dean, and co-founder of the Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies at Fresno (California) Pacific University. As an extension of his university involvements, he has retold selected stories of this work with commentary in educational and public settings on five different continents. Using the medium of stories already embraced by a significant portion of the world’s population, he has challenged his hearers with new insights as he has examined these stories through the lens of conflict and peacemaking. This book is another step in a journey of nearly three decades interpreting and sharing these stories.