Reading is a good way to gain knowledge. It helps build vocabulary and learn a language if you read in another language. Most importantly, reading provides much knowledge about many things. For example, it is possible to learn a lot about the customs and traditions in a country even if you have never visited it through readings. Likewise, it is crucial to read to be aware of how to cultivate of peace, whether it is for the global initiatives or for self-actualization.
Due to the presence of insecurity and violence in many parts of the world, the ambassador of peace, Prem Rawat, shares messages of peace all over the world to induce people into mutual help and kindness. For this purpose, he created The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) to encourage people to volunteer in philanthropic activities.
The TPRF Foundation calls for volunteers to participate in humanitarian services to provide aid for deprived people. Among the other actions undertaken by the association is sharing electronic tablets with readings on peace education, which are designed mainly for inmates. This implies that readings and books are efficient tools to teach people about peacekeeping. Here are our picks for books on peace.
All Things Fall Apart (1958) by Chinua Achebe (1930-2013)
The book relates the story of Okonkwo, a respected leader who used to be a wrestler of the Umuofia clan. He is the son of a spendthrift man who had left the family in dishonor after his death. Owing to that, many of their debts in the village remained unsettled.
Yet, at the end, Okonkwo was aware that through hard work, he would become a wealthy, successful farmer and could restore peace within the family and the village. The plot shows how the main character could eventually attain inner peace by building his inner strengths and restoring harmony within his home and in the society.
The Zen Commandments (2001) by Dean Sluyter
As a meditation teacher, Dean Sluyter has written many books and recorded his teachings in audio formats. This book teaches how to actualize your self to attain inner peace. It talks about the importance of breathing during the process.
It focuses on techniques and steps to follow to enhance happiness in every situation, even at the most stressful moment. His latest book “Natural Meditation: A Guide to Effortless Meditation” is also among the bestsellers.
Positive Psychology by Tal Ben-Shahar (1970)
This book is based on the principles of positive psychology from his courses. As a lecturer, Tal Ben-Shahar wants to raise awareness on the following essential points:
- Happiness is neither destiny nor luck
- It is essential to learn how to find happiness
Scientific studies and academic researches bring the highlights of the book. Besides, it contains self-help advice related to spiritual illumination which can be implemented into our own path for internal peace and bliss.
The Scarlet Letter (1850) by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 – 1864)
The American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne relates the dilemma caused by bearing a child outside wedlock in a Puritan New England village. To maintain peace within the conservative society, Hester Prynne, the mother, who was charged with adultery, had to serve some years in jail; and her husband, Roger Chillingworth, had to conceal his identity.
The plot spots out the influence of society on human rights. With the moral rules and standard of society, it is impossible to achieve inner peace.