Imagine giving up everything you own and walking across the country...for 28 years? Meet Peace Pilgrim, who crossed the U.S. on foot seven times with only the clothes on her back to spread her message of peace. From 1953 to 1981, she lived off the land and the kindness of those she met. Whenever trouble came her way - whether blizzards or black eyes - her sole response was love. At a time when most women stayed home to cook, clean, and raise children, this joyful New Jersey native touched tens of thousands of lives, one step at a time.
Never heard of her? Listen to her story, and you'll never forget her. This biographical novel fits historical fiction, anti-bullying, and women's history themes. Aimed at middle grades and up, it's inspiring for all ages.
©2013 Merry Brennan (P)2014 Merry Brennan
I loved this heart warming beautiful story!! Truly touched my heart. I enjoyed on speed 1.25x though, author was a bit slow and I almost wish a woman narrator read the story. None the less, I enjoyed it and have already recommended it to friends and family... Great for all ages!! Yay!!
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Well I am really bad at reading! I am honored to have listened to Mike Tanner's reading. I wondered why he chose this story, and that made me want to read other books narrated by him.
Not sure if this part of the book really happened. If it did I am impressed by the action of Peace Pilgrim and if it didn't I am amazed by the author's retelling of this story in a way that brought Peace to us so vividly. The scene involves a young boy who pitches all kinds of fights due to growing up abused. The boy even punched Peace Pilgrim when he lashed out blaming her for his fear and emotion. Yet Peace transformed that moment that could have been another conflict, turning her cheak and then reaching out to the boy to find his kindness.
I am glad Merry Brennen decided to write this book. It intrigues me because Peace Pilgrim has always influenced me in the most deep transformative way. I never met her, in fact I was born 14 months after she died. But I read her book in a time of upheaval, age 18, being diagnosed bipolar. I walked with her thinking and wondering about her selflessness when I visited a Quaker community in Costa Rica and took the identity of Friend. That first book didn't just influence me by teaching me a different way to move through the world, I really started knowing Peace. I was feeling very low, depressed, and unsure of God when I read this fictional retelling of Peace Pilgrim, and I feel tranformed like one character in the novel. Happy reading!
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