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

Published: 2013-03-26
Paperback : 272 pages
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WINNER OF THE 2011 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

In a time of death and terror, Leymah Gbowee brought Liberia’s women together—and together they led a nation to peace.

As a young woman, Leymah Gbowee was broken by the Liberian civil war, a brutal conflict that tore apart her life and claimed the ...

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WINNER OF THE 2011 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

In a time of death and terror, Leymah Gbowee brought Liberia’s women together—and together they led a nation to peace.

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 country—and shattered Gbowee’s girlhood hopes and dreams. As a young mother trapped in a nightmare of domestic abuse, she found the 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 2003, the passionate and charismatic Gbowee helped organize and then led the Liberian Mass Action for Peace, a coalition of Christian and Muslim women 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 touch all who dream of a better world.

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What obstacles in your life were self initated? How did you overcome them?
Is there a time when you felt totally alone as Leymah did?
Is there a situation in your life when peace and prayer would have proved to be the right decision (even if you didn't do it)?
by Imshelliee (see profile) 03/06/12

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Liberian Rice Bread
by critzyj (see profile) 10/23/12
I found a recipe online for Liberian Rice Bread. 2 cups rice cereal 3 cups mashed bananas 1/2 cup vegetable oil 4 T sugar 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1 tsp salt 1 cup water 1 tsp baking soda Stir together. Pour into a well-greased 9 inch round cake pan. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes. Makes a semi-sweet, dense bread.
Listen while you work...(or drive, or clean etc)
by Imshelliee (see profile) 03/06/12
If you have the opportunity, run to your local library and please get this book on CD. There are a lot of acronyms that can be confusing, but are easily understood when spoken aloud. Kimberly Scott has a rich voice that brings forth all of the emotion and strength that Leymah is conveying making this an OUTSTANDING book.

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  "Overcoming Oppression"by critzyj (see profile) 10/23/12

This was a difficult book to read, but one I knew I should read. Leymah overcomes adversity to rally her people to oppose and finally put an end to war in Liberia.

 
  "An amazing story... and it's all true!"by Imshelliee (see profile) 03/06/12

Leymah Gbowee (pronounced Lee-ma Bow-ee) writes the incredibly heartbreaking and inspirational story of her life. Growing up in a home with dreams of college, friends and family, her life ta... (read more)

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