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118 DAYS
Christian Peacemaker Teams
Held Hostage in Iraq


Tricia Gates Brown

Foreword by Doug Pritchard


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"A deep current of nonviolent spirituality runs throughout the chapters, including the most memorable one: an eloquent, harrowing account by Jim Loney of his time in captivity that is worth the price of the book." Excerpt from Publishers Weekly review of Cascadia edition

Background: "Spurred by a tip from a detainee, a multinational military force stormed a house in western Baghdad early today and rescued two Canadians and a Briton who had been held hostage. . . ." New York Times, March 23, 2006

"Tom Fox lived for peace but died a violent death. . . Yet colleagues of the Virginia peace activist suggested absolution for his killers yesterday at a memorial service that celebrated his life. . . ." Washington Post, April 23, 2006

Summary: As Archbishop Desmond Tutu observed, "God created us to form the human family. The Christian Peacemakers went to Iraq to help build that family. They are an example for Christians everywhere. . . ." On November 26, 2005, Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) members Tom Fox and Jim Loney along with delegation members Norman Kember and Harmeet Sooden were kidnapped in Iraq. Tom Fox was killed on March 9, 2006. Jim, Norman, and Harmeet were freed two weeks after 118 days of captivity.

The kidnapping of these four men was like a rock thrown into a pond. This Cascadia edition of a book copublished with CPT describes the ripples on the water, the impact and results of that rock, in stories characterized by hope, courage, friendship, and forgiveness. 118 Days bears witness to vital peacemaking being done around the world in these times.

"To read this book is to hear 'testimony to the pain, loss, and elation it takes to do the work of peace,' to quote Stanley Hauerwas, and to be forced to ask yourself: “What would I do?” Melanie Zuercher, reviewing in Mennonite Weekly Review

Cascadia edition: In Theolog, the blog of the Christian Century, assistant Century editor Steve Thorngate summarizes 118 Days, including factors that led to the Cascadia edition.

Except for a few minor changes to accommodate the shift of publishers—such as revised title and copyright pages and updates to the section Why We Self-Published—this Cascadia edition of 118 Days, published through Cascadia’s DreamSeeker Books imprint, is identical to the self-published Christian Peacemaker Teams edition.

CPT and Cascadia have worked out this Cascadia edition a.) in an effort to enhance the significant distribution and promotional efforts CPT is already making on behalf of the CPT edition; and b.) because supporting CPT fits Cascadia’s mission.

Comment: "Christ did not say the work of peace would be without conflict. So we are fortunate to have this wonderful book and testimony to the pain, loss, and elation it takes to do the work of peace." —Stanley Hauerwas

"This is a fascinating collection that illuminates the rich tapestry of CPT peacemaking, and invites us all to deeper courage and commitment." —Ched Myers, author, The Biblical Vision of Sabbath Economics

"CPT shuns lofty proclamations from a safe distance." —Dow Marmur, Rabbi Emeritus at Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto, Canada

"Like a tapestry woven with all the colours of life, this book weaves together the many details of the difficult story of kidnapping." —Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton, General Secretary, Canadian Council of Churches

"A magnificent story." —Daniel Berrigan, S. J. More. . . .

Market: Anyone interested in CPT and the harrowing and moving story of the 2005 Iraq hostage-taking.

Shelving: Peacemaking, pacifism, nonviolence; Anabaptist-Mennonite thought; Christian Peacemaker Teams; Autobiography. BISAC: Religion, Social Sciences, Autobiography. RTM: 170 Autobiography; 690 Religion/Ethics

The Editor: Tricia Gates Brown has been a CPT reservist since 2003. She holds a PhD in New Testament Studies from the University of St. Andrews and is author of the play about CPT entitled Whatever Kindles and the book Free People: A Christian Response to Global Economics. She is editor of the CPT collection Getting in the Way (Herald Press, 2005).

Publisher: Cascadia Publishing House
Imprint: DreamSeeker Books
Copublisher:
Christian Peacemaker Teams
Publication date: February 2009 (copies available now)
Approximate Pages: 264
Format: 5.5 x 8.5" trade paper
Prices: $17.95 US/Can.
ISBN 13: 978-1-931038-61-4; ISBN 10: 1-931038-61-9

 

 
 

 
 
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