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When Blood and Bones Cry Out: Journeys through the Soundscape of Healing and Reconciliation [Hardcover]

John Paul Lederach , Angela Jill Lederach

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Book Description

Oct. 6 2011
Around the world communities that have suffered the trauma of unspeakable violence - in Liberia, Somalia, West Africa, Columbia, and elsewhere - are struggling to recover and reconcile, searching for ways not just to survive but to heal. In When Blood and Bones Cry Out, John Paul Lederach, a pioneer of peace-building, and his daughter, Angela Jill Lederach, show how communities can recover and reconnect through the power of making music, creating metaphors, and telling their extraordinary stories of suffering and survival. Instead of relying on more common linear explanations of healing and reconciliation, the Lederachs demonstrate how healing is circular, dynamic, and continuing, even in the midst of ongoing violence. They explore the concept of "social healing," a profoundly important intermediary step between active warfare and reconciliation. Social healing focuses on the lived experience of those who have suffered protracted violence and their need to give voice to that experience, both individually and collectively. Giving voice, speaking the unspeakable, in words and sounds that echo throughout traumatized communities, can have enormous healing power. Indeed, the Lederachs stress the remarkable effects of sound and vibration through tales of Tibetan singing bowls, Van Morrison's transcendent lyrics, the voices of mothers in West Africa, and their own personal journeys. And they include inspiring stories of transformation: a mass women's protest movement in Liberia that forces leaders to keep negotiating until a peace agreement is signed; elders in Somalia who walk between warring clans year after year to encourage dialogue; former child soldiers who run drum workshops and grow gardens in refugee camps; and rape victims in Sierra Leone who express their pain in poetry. With equal measures of insight and compassion, When Blood and Bones Cry Out offers a promising new approach to healing traumatized communities.

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"This is a remarkable book, a book full of hope about situations that seem hopeless."
--Parker J. Palmer, author of A Hidden Wholeness

"Based on deep listening and respect for the people who have suffered the most from violence, this book offers sensitive insights for approaching the space between trauma and forgiveness." - Publishers Weekly

About the Author

John Paul Lederach is Professor of International Peacebuilding at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame. His books include The Moral Imagination and Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies. Angela Jill Lederach is a research associate at the Center for Public Policy Studies in Boulder, Colorado.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Subtle and Provactive Look at Conflict Resolution Oct. 22 2013
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This book challenges the reader to move away from a purely linear view of conflict resolution and to view that process through different metaphoric lenses. In seeing the circular nature of the process and the role that sound plays in the process of reconciliation, the Lederach's (father and daughter) weave together a range of alternative processes to resolve seemingly intractable conflict. The stories they tell an the metaphors they explore themselves reflect a different way of seeing and thereby open new possibilities and wellsprings for unlocking the moral imaginations of those otherwise locked in conflict.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful synthesis April 28 2013
By P. K. Omidyar - Published on Amazon.com
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How do we truly heal from conflict and build peace in meaningful ways? This is a beautiful and engaging book to read with moving stories of healing, interwoven with a theory of change that really resonates in how we can work at individual and collective levels to repair and heal the damage violent conflict causes. I've been a fan of Jean Paul Lederach ever since The Moral Imagination. This book really confirms for me why. Grateful.
5.0 out of 5 stars Book for school. Feb. 2 2014
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The book came in fast, and it's very interesting for the class I'm taking. It's cheaper here than at my school, so don't hesitate if you want to save some cash.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book April 2 2013
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This is a very interesting book about peacebuilding in various communities. I recommend it to students and practitioners in the field of peacebuilding and conflict resolution.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-felt and humbling. March 11 2013
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I have to read this book again and again to visit the amazing souls that grace its pages. This books calls each of us forward to be the best human beings we can be no matter what challenges we face.

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