Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War
DescriptionThe winner of the Nobel Peace Prize shares her inspirational, powerful story of how a group of women working together created an unstoppable force that brought peace to Liberia. As a young woman, Leymah Gbowee was broken by the Liberian civil war, a brutal conflict that destroyed her country and claimed the lives of countless relatives and friends. Propelled by her realization that it is women and girls who suffer most during conflicts, she found the courage to turn her bitterness into action. She helped organize and then lead the Liberian Mass Action for Peace, which brought together Christian and Muslim women in a nonviolent movement that engaged in public protest, confronted 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-and became an international leader who changed history, won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work, and fiercely advocates for girls' empowerment and leadership. Mighty Be Our Powers is the gripping chronicle of a journey from hopelessness to liberation that will touch all who dream of a better world.
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"Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women
"."..a beautifully written narrative."
"Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 1984
"""Mighty Be Our Powers "reminds us that even in the worst of times, humanity's best can shine through."
"Sheryl Sandberg, COO Facebook:
""One of the most inspirational and powerful books I've ever read. The story of one woman's struggle against the worst and what she can teach all of us about finding the courage and strength to change the world."
"Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III Pastor, The Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York:
""An engrossing, fluently written story that anyone who cares about changing the world has to read."
"Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 2011:
""Leymah bore witness to the worst of humanity and helped bring Liberia out of the dark. Her memoir is a captivating narrative that will stand in history as testament to the power of women, faith and the spirit of our great country"
STARRED" Kirkus Review:
""Searing war-torn memories from a visionary African peacekeeper and women's-rights activist....Gbowee stands responsible for what began as a tireless vocal demonstration and soon escalated to a standoff on the Presidential Mansion steps demanding peace. This course of action facilitated the war's end in 2003 and the election of Africa's first female president, and ended the author's personal struggles with alcohol. With commanding charity, Gbowee celebrates Liberia's eight years of peace and continues teaching young women about the power of activism. A patriotic chronicle reverberant with valor and perseverance."