Mighty Be Our Powers by Leymah Gbowee audiobook

Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War; A Memoir

By Leymah Gbowee , with Carol Mithers
Read by Kimberly Scott

Blackstone Publishing 9780984295159
9.12 Hours Unabridged
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Leymah Gbowee was one of three women to receive the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize As a young woman growing up in Africa, seventeen-year-old Leymah Gbowee was crushed by a savage war when violence reached her native Monrovia, depriving her of the education she yearned for and claiming the lives of relatives and friends. As war continued to ravage Liberia, Gbowee’s bitterness turned to rage-fueled action as she realized that women bear the greatest burden in prolonged conflicts. Passionate and charismatic, Gbowee was instrumental in galvanizing hundreds, if not thousands of women in Liberia in 2002 to force a peace in the region after twelve years of war. She began organizing Christian and Muslim women to demonstrate together, founding Liberian Mass Action for Peace, launching protests and even a sex strike. Gbowee’s memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers, chronicles the unthinkable violence she’s faced throughout her life and the peace she has helped broker by empowering hundreds of her countrywomen and others around the world to take action and takes listeners along on her continuing journey as she harnesses the power of women to bring her country peace, saves herself, and changes history.

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Summary

Summary

A Library Journal bestseller

Leymah Gbowee was one of three women to receive the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

As a young woman growing up in Africa, seventeen-year-old Leymah Gbowee was crushed by a savage war when violence reached her native Monrovia, depriving her of the education she yearned for and claiming the lives of relatives and friends. As war continued to ravage Liberia, Gbowee’s bitterness turned to rage-fueled action as she realized that women bear the greatest burden in prolonged conflicts. Passionate and charismatic, Gbowee was instrumental in galvanizing hundreds, if not thousands of women in Liberia in 2002 to force a peace in the region after twelve years of war. She began organizing Christian and Muslim women to demonstrate together, founding Liberian Mass Action for Peace, launching protests and even a sex strike.

Gbowee’s memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers, chronicles the unthinkable violence she’s faced throughout her life and the peace she has helped broker by empowering hundreds of her countrywomen and others around the world to take action and takes listeners along on her continuing journey as she harnesses the power of women to bring her country peace, saves herself, and changes history.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Leymah bore witness to the worst of humanity and helped bring Liberia out of the dark. Her memoir is a captivating narrative that will stand in history as testament to the power of women, faith, and the spirit of our great country.” Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia
“So many memoirs focus on the story of a single person who inspires us all with her story and language, but Mighty Be Our Powers is a different, larger, more universal kind of book that tells the story of both Leymah and an entire generation of girls-turned-women-turned-world leaders. Read it—and be inspired.” Oprah.com
“One of the most inspirational and powerful books I’ve ever read. The story of one woman’s struggle against the worst and what she can teach all of us about finding the courage and strength to change the world.” Sheryl Sandberg, COO Facebook
 “A beautifully written narrative.” Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women
“An engrossing, fluently written story that anyone who cares about changing the world has to read.” Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III Pastor, the Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York
“Mighty Be Our Powers reminds us that even in the worst of times, humanity’s best can shine through.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 1984
“If you are looking for hope among the many news stories of conflict and violence, you will find it here.” Christian Century
“Kimberly Scott’s narration is steady, purposeful, and confident—attributes that keep sadness at bay while listening to this story of the war in Liberia that disrupted author Leymah Gbowee’s life when she was a teen.” AudioFile
“With commanding charity, Gbowee celebrates Liberia’s eight years of peace and continues teaching young women about the power of activism. A patriotic chronicle reverberant with valor and perseverance.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Reviews

Reviews

by Tamim 9/13/2017
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Excellent!

This is a must have!
A compelling true story about the power of community and the women that shape their own destiny. Kimberly Scott has a beautiful voice for this narration!
by Ali 9/13/2017
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Excellent insight in Liberian war through woman's eyes!

Excellent true story about war, death, humanity, relationships and love. Leymah Gbowee is a woman that makes me want to be better in every aspect of my life.

Author

Author Bio: Leymah Gbowee

Author Bio: Leymah Gbowee

Leymah Gbowee is one of three women awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. A Liberian peace and women’s rights activist, she is the Africa columnist for the Daily Beast. As war ravaged Liberia, Gbowee organized Christian and Muslim women to demonstrate together, founding Liberian Mass Action for Peace and launching protests and a sex strike. Her part in helping to oust Charles Taylor was featured in the documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell. She is a single mother of six, including one adopted daughter, and is based in Accra, Ghana, where she is the executive director of the Women, Peace, and Security Network–Africa. She has spoken publicly numerous times on the issue of women in conflict situations and was a panelist at several regional and international conferences. In October 2007, the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government honored her with the Blue Ribbon Peace Award. This annual award is given to individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution to peace building through innovative strategies that promote women’s leadership in peace processes on the local, national, or international level.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 9.12
Audience: Adult
Language: English