Hans Kung, the pioneering Christian theologian, has written: "There will be no peace among the nations without peace among the religions." The times are ripe for interfaith dialogue to move on to a higher plane than courteous talks; the world religions have it within their power to call all nations to peace and to end the dreadful arms build-ups. A. Jean Lesher has edited several devotional works including Prayers for the Common Good and O Holy Night. She has attended the Parliament of the World's Religions several times.
In this paperback, she brings together interreligious readings and reflections from sacred scriptures, spiritual leaders, and peacemakers. The three sections of the book are: Lead Me from Despair to Hope, Lead Me from Hate to Love, and Lead Me from War to Peace. Among those quoted are Karl Barth, Jimmy Carter, Confucius, the Dalai Lama, Harry E. Fosdick, Mahatma Gandhi, Thich Nhat Hanh, Denise Levertov, Gadahar Ramakrishna, Mother Teresa, Elie Wiesel, and Rowan Williams.