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IN THIS ISSUE
1. QUOTE OF THE MONTH
2. NEW BOOK: Your Role in Waging Peace
3. AWARDS: 'For the Sake of Peace' Wins
4. HOST A READING GROUP: Free Discussion Guides
5. CHAT ON-LINE: Middleway Press e-forum
6. LIKE OUR BOOKS? Write a review.
7. END NOTES
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
Daisaku Ikeda: The Buddhist teaching of the inseparability of evil and good means that everything can be made one or the other in an instant, according to what we harbor in our hearts. Everything begins with the self. A change in one's outlook or intention triggers a change in the self and radiates outward to effect society-wide revolutions. This idea is what we in the SGI refer to as "human revolution."
As you say, humankind can follow a path leading to a bleak future, but that course is not inevitable.
David Krieger: Certainly it is not. We must not allow tragedy to repeat itself. But merely choosing the path of peace is not enough. To move in that direction demands that we work diligently, that we commit ourselves to the path of peace and do our utmost to encourage others to join in this effort. If we fail, we may follow the path leading to a dark future. If we simply follow what is probably the path of least resistance, humankind may once again be engulfed in an era of tragedy.
-Choose Hope: Your Role in Waging Peace in the Nuclear Age, p. 34
YOUR ROLE IN WAGING PEACE
'Nuclear weapons are again in the news, from the threat of war between India and Pakistan to the threat of "dirty bombs" here in the United States.
Are current nuclear policies logical? Are nuclear weapons here to stay? Is it reasonable to expect that political and military leaders have the wisdom and will to control these weapons of mass destruction? When our common future is at stake, can we afford to be indifferent? Is there anything we can do about this threat?
A new book from Middleway Press explores these and other questions. Choose Hope: Your Role in Waging Peace in the Nuclear Age, coming in September, is a compelling dialogue between Daisaku Ikeda, president of Soka Gakkai International, and David Krieger, president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. The book argues that ordinary people can and must lead their leaders to a safer and saner future. Nuclear weapons need not be with us forever, the authors urge, if we, the people, employ the power of human imagination and choose to eliminate them.
Check out our website, www.middlewaypress.org, for more information and a sample chapter later this month. The book will be released in September but can be ordered now from your favorite on-line or neighborhood bookstore for delivery at that time. Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com are both offering substantial discounts.
Two book industry associations have honored SGI President Ikeda's For the Sake of Peace, naming it among the best books published in 2001. One group, NAPRA, named the book 2001's outstanding book of the year in the Social Change category, and ForeWord magazine, which specializes in reviewing books from small and independent publishers, gave it their Silver Book of the Year Award in the politics category.
ForeWord magazine believes that the "most thought-provoking, startling and original books" today come from independent publishers and they seek to honor this work with their annual Book of the Year award, which are judged by a jury of reviewers, editors, librarians, booksellers and other book industry professionals.
NAPRA-Networking Alternatives for Publishers, Retailers and Artists, Inc.- is the oldest and largest trade organization serving the body/mind/spirit marketplace. It's Nautilus Award goes to books in six adult categories, "recognizing authors and titles that contribute to our society's awareness and embrace of spiritual and ecological values such as compassion, sustainability, and simplicity."
'For the Sake of Peace' is now available in paperback from your favorite on-line or neighborhood bookseller.
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