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My Journey Through War and Peace: Explorations of a Young Filmmaker, Feminist and Spiritual Seeker
by Melissa Burch

Published: 2016-03-01
Paperback : 208 pages
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"My Journey Through War and Peace: Explorations of a Young Filmmaker, Feminist and Spiritual Seeker" is based on Melissa Burch's experiences as a war journalist for BBC, CBS, and other networks. Her team was one of the first documentary crews allowed in the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold ...
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"My Journey Through War and Peace: Explorations of a Young Filmmaker, Feminist and Spiritual Seeker" is based on Melissa Burch's experiences as a war journalist for BBC, CBS, and other networks. Her team was one of the first documentary crews allowed in the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War, and she was featured in a New York Times story about her time in Afghanistan. She was just in her twenties when she traveled with the mujahideen, filmed an attack on a Soviet convoy, slept with an Afghan commander, and climbed 14,000-foot mountains in the Hindu Kush. "My Journey Through War and Peace" examines how, through outward action and inward exploration, life can unfold in mysterious ways, far beyond cultural and family expectations. In looking back at this momentous decade, Burch shares why she pursued such dangerous and difficult circumstances at such a young age and continued to live on the edge. She now understands that she was seeking self-discovery, a connection to something greater, and ultimately inner peace. This exciting memoir will resonate with fans of "Eat Pray Love", "Wild", and other popular memoirs that describe extraordinary inner and outer journeys.

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* How did you feel reading about a young female journalist’s experiences in a war zone? Would you ever take a risk like that?

* How confessional should memoir authors be when writing about their life? Is it OK to share personal details which may hurt other people’s feelings in order to tell their truth?

* The author said that trusting her initiation saved her life twice. Has your intuition ever helped you steer clear of danger?

* What did you learn about life in the Middle East from reading this memoir?

* Would you give this book to your mother to read? How did you feel about the mother-daughter relationship Melissa Burch described?

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  "Wishing this memoir went deeper"by Ljwagoner (see profile) 05/20/16

My Journey through War and Peace is a memoir of Melissa Burch. She relates her adventures while a film maker/ journalist in Afghanistan and the Soviet Union when it was very rare for women to venture into... (read more)

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