Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War

Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War➶ [Reading] ➸ Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War By Leymah Gbowee ➫ – Oaklandjobs.co.uk As a young woman Leymah Gbowee was broken by the Liberian civil war a brutal conflict that tore apart her life and claimed the lives of countless relatives and friends Years of fighting destroyed her As a young woman Leymah Gbowee was Our Powers: MOBI ò broken by the Liberian civil war a brutal conflict that tore apart her life and claimed the lives of countless relatives and friends Years of fighting destroyed her country—and shattered Gbowee’s girlhood hopes and dreams As a young mother trapped in a nightmare of domestic abuse she found the Mighty Be ePUB ✓ courage to turn her bitterness into action propelled by her realization that it is women who suffer most during conflicts—and that the power of women working together can create an unstoppable force In the passionate and charismatic Gbowee helped organize and then led the Liberian Mass Action for Peace a coalition of Christian and Muslim women Be Our Powers: Epub Ù who sat in public protest confronting Liberia’s ruthless president and rebel warlords and even held a sex strike With an army of women Gbowee helped lead her nation to peace—in the process emerging as an international leader who changed history Mighty Be Our Powers is the gripping chronicle of a journey from hopelessness to empowerment that will Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Kindle - touch all who dream of a better world. I'm about to cast a very unpopular review unfortunately there is just no way around it Mighty Be Our Powers was simply unmotivational I must first give credit to Leymah Gbowee for her personal account of the Liberian war The atrocities are unimaginable unfortunately there in lies my issue with her recount of this devastating piece of African history The majority of this novel is an introduction of how she felt throughout a good 10 years Every moment memory challenge is simply a glimpse I would like to have had of an in depth view of three or four major events that she'd witnessed and lived to tell rather then a paragraph or two of dozens of memories So many stories and memories went unresolvedWhere I feel she could have gone in depth I feel she the time was spent on acronyms of programs that uite honestly bog down the heart of the story With each acronym some type of name dropping was sure to follow The book would have been better titled if it commented on how Program Reform Changed a Nation at WarI desperately longed to learn about the people in her life and how they overcame the suffering together I wonder if this kind of commitment to character is lacking because she herself doesn't really know the people who carried her The brief passing about her children was a little shocking to say the least considering she'd been surrounded by people who'd allowed her to abdicate her role as mother to do things that needed to be done I find many of her challenges and need to overcome come from a selfish place A place where she does it because she feels the need to prove something and compensate for the things she felt were taken from her Her accomplishments seemed to be like personal victories versus community movements They say a great leader is the one who gives praise to others There is no praising others in this retelling I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge her ability to move mountains in a country where the devil himself sat looking at her from his power seat There is no doubt that she performed a modern day miracle I just wish time was spent on developing characters and story Name dropping and organization hoping was ineffective and wasted valuable content space The lives she saved are immeasurable I'm sure It just kinda feels like she makes every effort to ensure we don't forget itGreat piece of sociology just feels like a lecture then a lesson I was really hoping I would feel inspired and moved to do something Lemah Gbowee has come as close as it is humanly possible to staring the devil in his face She didn't blink lived to tell about it and is now the co recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize In this memoir she describes her journey from hopelessness to empowerment It is a story that will touch the hearts of any reader who dreams of a better worldThis is the memoir of a woman who experienced the devastation and horror of civil war in her native Liberia In many ways her life was broken when the war shattered her girlhood hopes and dreams A victim of circumstances beyond her control she ended up as a young mother trapped in a nightmare of domestic abuse In 1999 she found herself utterly depressed mother of four children separated from the father of her children and with no ideas for a possible future for herself and her childrenSomehow she found the strength to turn her depression and bitterness into positive action She began to work at helping those traumatized by the war and by promoting steps toward reconciliation and forgiveness She gradually gained the realization that it is women who suffer the most during conflicts and that if united women are in a uniue position to do something about it When it comes to preventing conflict or building peace there’s a way in which women are the experts She read about Martin Luther King and Gandhi and she began to see the possibility of the power of women working together to create a compelling force for peace I read the Politics of Jesus by Yoder which talked of Christ as a revolutionary fighting injustice and giving a voice to the powerless I read Martin Luther King Jr and Gandhi and the Kenyan author and conflict and reconciliation expert Hizkias Assefa who believed that reconciliation between victim and perpetrator was the only way to really resolve conflict especially civil conflict in the modern world Otherwise Assefa wrote both remained bound together forever one waiting for apology or revenge the other fearing retribution Driven by her growing passion for her new found cause she helped organize and led the Women In Peace Building Network WIPNET This organization organized a coalition of Christian and Muslim women to stage mass actions to call for an end to violence and demand that there be peace They confronted Liberia's ruthless president and rebel warlords in ways that only the mothers of Liberia could have done without being shot on the spot The actions of these women is an amazing story which I first learned about one evening while TV channel surfing I came across the movie Pray the Devil Back to Hell a documentary about the role of women in bringing peace to Liberia The bravery and audacity shown by the women in this film took my breath away If you watch the DVD be sure to also watch the extra feature about the making of the film I thought it was interesting to note that the film makers at first had a difficult time finding archival film footage of the women's mass action because CNN and other American networks had ignored the actions of the women They had tons of footage showing young kids toting Kalashnikovs but ignored the women demonstrating for peace The BBC did a bit better job but some of the best footage came from a former government videographer who hid his films in his house after President Taylor fled the country I think almost everyone agrees now that the action of these women hastened the end of the war and conseuently reduced the amount the death destruction and suffering Nevertheless the postwar conditions were devastating A war of fourteen years doesn't just go away In the moments we were calm enough to look around we had to confront the magnitude of what had happened to Liberia Two hundred and fifty thousand people were dead a uarter of them children One in three were displaced with 350000 living in internally displaced persons camps and the rest anywhere they could find shelter One Million people mostly women and children were at risk of malnutrition diarrhea measles and cholera because of contamination in the wells More than 75 percent of the country's physical infrastructure our roads hospitals and schools had been destroyedAfter the war WIPNET was very much involved in securing the peace Peace isn't a moment it's a very long process Gbowee's post war reputation for peace building now made her in demand as a speaker at international conferences This exposure broadened her horizons and she began to study techniues of reconciliation and peace She is very complimentary of Eastern Mennonite University EMU in Virginia where she earned a Master's Degree in conflict transformation studies The movie Pray the Devil Back to Hell allowed the whole world to learn about the peace building activities of the women in Liberia This book must have been written prior to her winning the Nobel Peace Prize because I don't recall any mention of it in this book A reader of my review thus far could perhaps conclude that Leymah Gbowee must be a saint To her credit she included in her memoir admissions to a number of mistakes and shortcomings in her life The details of her family life and her organizational efforts are filled with nitty gritty problems conflicts and jealousies Her work at peace building took all of her time so she pretty much turned over her role as mother to her children to her sister Her sister was the one who deserves sainthood; unfortunately she unexpectedly died at age 40 which was a devastating loss to the children in her care During the worst stages of the civil war Gbowee's children were out of the country safe in Ghana while Gbowee stayed in Liberia to work for peace Leymah Gbowee's website Mighty Be Our Powers is truly one of the most inspiring books I've ever read If you doubt the power of a female only space read this bookIf you are interested in conflict resolution read this bookIf you wonder how one woman can inspire a nation to fight for peace read this bookI can not recommend this book highly enough Leymah Gbowee is an amazing real woman and one of my role models Throw the word sisterhood in the title of something and I'm immediately intrigued That's just how I roll Oh and add a segment on NPR and I'm probably really going to be interested in the book Such was the case with Mighty Be Our Powers With little knowledge of Liberia or the civil war there I came to the book with an open mind Leymah does a fantastic job of describing her country both before and during the conflict Her personal story is one of choices she made and living with those conseuences both personally and later professionally She struck me as a woman who was confident and determined yet not without some regret At times I felt the book became weighed down in the politics of the acronym groups working in Liberia and the surrounding countries and the transitions between her descriptions of political events and her own personal story were at a times abrupt and jerky But the substance of the book is powerful It's a perfect example that even those with the best intentions need to remember that all conflicts and problems need local solutions and that women are a vital part of the peace and rebuilding process With her personal story Leymah illustrates that we are never really a slave to our past decisions or life circumstances unless we choose to be held there I can't help but be moved even in my own privileged circumstances by her close lines in the book You are a symbol of hope And so you too must keep on You are not at liberty to give up A powerful call to do what you can where you are That's what changes the world This is the story of not only how a nation at war was changed but basically it is the detailed story of the events in one woman's life which led her to that time and place where she could gather with and lead those women who made that change Leymah gives a very detailed description of the events and phases in her life and doesn't gloss over the parts she regrets or those that were difficult Not that it was ever easy but she had a support system to raise her children while she was becoming the warrior woman she felt she must be That was the very difficult trade off she regretfully chose What she didn't choose were the horrific killings and rapes that were happening all around her Those were what she knew she had to enable the women around her to stand up and fight againstPeople who have lived through a terrible conflict may be hungry and desperate BUT THEY'RE NOT STUPID They often have very good ideas about how peace can evolve and they need to be askedThat includes women Most especially women When it comes to preventing conflict or building peace there's a way in which women ARE the experts Think of how intimately women know their homes If the lights are out we can walk through rooms without bumping into anything If a stranger has been there we sense it That's how well we know our communities We know who belongs and who is a potentially threatening stranger We know the history We know the people We knew how to talk to an ex combatant and get his cooperation because we know where he comes from To outsiders like the UN these soldiers were a problem to be managed But they were our children It was a good read And a much informative to the facts of the Liberian war than I expectedToo much violence too much fucking disgusting reporters interviewing women and if you weren't raped during the war then they weren't interesting in finding out how was your life until the war ended Like really Laymah's story is a testament to human strength and the incredible power of peace She achieved so much and made so many believe that they can stop this war that it's just unbelievableOne of the main shockers here was that she and other activists told women to stop having sex with their husbands as means to stop the war It kinda worked although many got beaten because of it repeatedly so I dunno if that was a good idea Of course I don't live there and don't know how things were when the war wasn't ending over there but it seems extreme to have to get beaten because you said you don't want to have sex And that's a DUH point Treading lightly here but to be a woman in Lybia and to have to say no to sex as to achieve stopping the war with THAT somehow seems like what And yet they did it and they got beaten by their husbands and not just a few but most of those women So yeah that's mainly why humans suck so muchDespite all the violence all the raping and war caused mainly by men over there duh Gbowee and other activists have shown how courageous they can be in building peace in one of the most fucking violent places in the world 25 This may be purely my mind space but I think without falling into the inspiring trap this was an extraordinary movement that was based on some alternative but very smart techniues It just seemed like the writing was in contention with the soaring points of the text and I felt like it had the ingredients to take off; however my book just hopped off my lap and fluttered to the ground a fledgling Again my tired mind could be looking at the wrong pool of water but I had hoped for a better exposition for these creative choreographed and savvy women What happens when reality violently jerks into a GRUESOME LIVING HELLNot many teens I've spoken to know much about the Liberian War from the early 1990's to 2003 Yet that was one of the worst times in history humans turned into disgusting creatures caught in chaos and no one was doing a thing about it Finally Leymah Gbowee a strong yet lonely hurting mother changed everything with a demand for peace throughout West Africa with support from her fellow womenHer autobiography shook me to the core I learnt so much about the true uncensored horrors of war the western world is so ignorant about But as well as historical facts and shocking figures I was invited into the minds opinions and passions of women who turned political leaders'and men's words and empty promises into fruitful action This was a revolution of thinking; reaffirming the power of feminine determination and the importance of looking forward and working hard for the better futureFor all high school students and above; for all the peacemakers humanitarians and activists; for every individual seeking to work for a better tomorrow; this book is crucial essential and perfect for all who have eyes and refuse to stay blind one moment longer This memoir was interesting It is about a woman in Liberia during their civil war Her efforts helped to establish peace in their country and she went on to work internationally to being women into the peace process in Africa and the Middle EastAlthough the story was interesting it often got bogged down in acronyms and justifications Although after being irritated about some of the things she talked about and then justified I realized she didn't have to add them at all and was probably maybe trying to be completely honest about all the complicated events that led her to where she ended upAnyway I found out she received a Nobel prize for her efforts and I did like how she empowered women who began with no rights at allAnyway not my favorite memoir but interesting to read and educational Don't tell anyone as it will ruin my street cred but it even teared me up at some points in between some parts where I yawned This is a completely fascinating narrative of the Liberian Civil War that ended in 2003 yes I had no idea and Gbowee actually won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her non violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace building work This is a subject I knew nothing about and I had no idea it was so recentThe book itself is a little dry and reads like Gbowee relating the story to Mithers I'm sure this is what happened but I've read narrated memoir before that felt personal It took me a while to read and it was partially because of this However there are times when Gbowee's story is completely heartrending and emotional as she talks about her family and her struggles with balancing her own life especially with the undercurrent of alcoholismI really enjoyed this