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soft as water

soft as water is a book of 52 meditations on peace---peace within ourselves, peace in our relationships, and peace in our world.  Each meditation consists of a one-page reading followed by a brief commentary..  The readings are excerpts taken from many voices and sources---movies and memoirs, novels and history, folk tales and anecdote.  The commentaries are by Charles P. Busch.

Praise for soft as water

A book of brilliantly simple meditations, soft as water is bursting with wisdom.  It is a book that can change your life and change the world.  If you believe in the necessity of peace in the Nuclear Age, this book will provide new insights and energy.

— David Krieger, President, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

soft as water is a blessed gift of gathering.  Charles Busch has always had a brilliant, uncanny ability to invite the heart of things to be present---listening, interpreting, responding with grace and eloquent calm.  Keep this book close.  I am honored my Palestinian airport friend made it into these pages.

— Naomi Shihab Nye, Chancellor Emeritus, Academy of American Poets

In an era of rising polarizations and extremism, Busch’s narratives of reflection and meditation offer the reader spiritual and intellectual signposts of peace, hope and edification.  His timely work, soft as water, is a gift to be shared with all who strive for a world more peaceful, more just and more humane.           

— Harry Anastasiou, Ph.D., Director of Conflict Resolution Program Portland State University

This book is truly made of water---52 sips of wisdom, and with each, you will be lighter on your feet, more fluid in response to trouble, more likely to find humor, compassion, and curiosity when faced with the daily insults of these mysterious times.  Peace can be concentric, and this book will start the ripples spreading outward from a new hunch for hope in you.

—  Kim Stafford, editor of Every War Has Two Losers, William Stafford on Peace and War

Brilliant! Charles Busch doubles down on the power of story-telling.  Every story in this book has deep meaning which is fleshed by a sharp reflection on its significance for peace and justice.  soft as water offers some of the most important concepts of contemporary peacebuilding for individuals and groups in a soothing yet inspiring language.  Whether you are concerned with inner peace or world peace, this book is full of insightful gems.

— Patrick T. Hiller, Ph.D. Exec. Director, War Prevention Initiative of Jubitz Family Fund

soft as water is full of unusual wisdom, but with common threads across genres, cultures, and centuries.  You should be able to dip into it frequently for encouragement as well as strategic direction.

— David Swanson, author of War Is A Lie, and Director of World Beyond War

Each of the entertaining, challenging voices in soft as water remind us what our hearts know: only nonviolent solutions to conflict will bring peace.  And today, peace is a matter of world survival.

— David Hartsough, author of Waging Peace, and co-founder of Nonviolent Peaceforce


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