Peace Be With You

Peace Be With You by David Carlson

I received the book, Peace Be With You, Monastic Wisdom for a Terror-Filled World by David Carlson from BookSneeze.


In the wake of the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, as tension between Christians and Muslims rises, author David Carlson seeks guidance in the modern-day deserts of monastic communities across America. Are Christianity and Islam destined to confront one other as clashing civilizations? Peace Be with You: Monastic Wisdom for a Terror-Filled World clearly answers “No.”

Peace Be with You is the result of more than thirty interviews conducted with abbots, nuns, monks, and even a Mennonite pastor who works at a Franciscan retreat center. Hear the wisdom of these men and women in their own words as they speak with hope to a suffering world. Follow Carlson’s moving and at times difficult journey to discover a new, yet ancient basis for genuine peace between Christianity and other religions, especially Islam.


I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  So many of us remember just where we were, what we were doing, when the Twin Towers were hit on 9/11/01.  David shares his own experience, and the experiences of others.  His observance and conversations with others’ reactions and experiences on that day have brought this book into light.  He shares his journey to many different religious locations, and the interviews he conducts with so many inspired individuals.

I admit to being concerned that his story would not hold my attention, however, that couldn’t be farther from the truth!  I was mesmerized.  I was intrigued, uplifted, and touched by this book.  He shares an important message of hope in a world that so desperately needs it.  I loved his heartfelt, sincere message of hope and, just as importantly, acceptance.  I’d recommend this book, and give it 4 stars!


*I received no monetary compensation for my review.  I received the book free of charge from Book Sneeze in exchange for my honest review.  The opinions are mine, and mine alone.