Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War
As a young woman growing up in Africa, Leymah Gbowee was broken by a savage civil war that destroyed life as she knew it, 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 it is women who are the silent sufferers in prolonged co...more
This is the memoir of a woman who experienced the devastation and horror of civil war in her native Liberia. In many ways her life was broken when th ...more
I must first give credit to Leymah Gbowee for her personal account of the Liberian war. The atrocities are unimaginable, unfortunately there in lies my issue with her recount of this devastating piece of African history. The majority of this novel is an introduction of how she felt throughout a good 10 years. Every moment, memory, challenge is simply a glimp ...more
The book itself is a little dry, and reads like Gbowee relating the story to Mithers. I'm sure this is what happened, but I've read narra ...more
If you doubt the power of a female-only space, read this book.
If you are interested in conflict resolution, read this book.
If you wonder how one woman can inspire a nation to fight for peace, read this book.
I can not recommend this book highly enough. Leymah Gbowee is an amazing, real woman and one of my role models.
Gbowee tells the tale from a woman's perspective, and she takes great pains to mention the realities of many women whose lives she could never possibly understand or live (the child wife, the uneducated female child, the unloved and abused daughter, ...more
Not many teens I've spoken to know much about the Liberian War from the early 1990's to 2003. Yet that was one of the worst times in history- humans turned into disgusting creatures caught in chaos and no one was doing a thing about it. Finally, Leymah Gbowee, a strong yet lonely, hurting mother, changed everything with a demand for peace throughout West Africa with support from her fellow women.
Her autobiography shook me to ...more
Although the story was interesting, it often got bogged down in acronyms and justifications. Although after being irritated about some of the things she talked about and then justified, I realized she didn't have to add them at all and was probably (may ...more
“Because of women like her, because of women like us, I be ...more
Ms. Gbowee is open about her personal failings, as well as the problems her country faced an ...more
(and I liked learning about the Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA an ...more
In wretched times of war, many people flee. They leave their country, never to return. She is working toward the dream of returning to her home.
"My deepest dream, though, is to go home. ...more
Gbowee tells an intensely personal story that feels genuine and unguarded, maybe at the cost of a little polish. She doesn't ignore her own shortcomings; she's not a saint. In this context, though, that just serves to emphasize how extraordinary chan ...more
Among many other things, she's a war refugee who was nearly starved to death (more than once), a single mother whose kids nearly starved as well, a woman who was batter ...more
Sisterhood and prayer played major roles in the movement. Through their counseling sessions, the women realized that, though men fought, women bore the hardship of war. These women were Christians and Muslims, who saw that their shared vision of peace for their families was more important than an ...more
A mighty woman indeed. The resilience of the Africa woman is phenomenal. I am greatly affected by this book, the kind that makes you want to do something to impact humanity.
Excellent read - written by a courageous woman!
What are my takeaways?
1) Leymah wrote this book to inspire change beyond the borders of Liberia.
2) The power of community in action is indomitable.
3) Everyone has the power to be a peace builder.
Also a must-read since it was gut-wrenching, inspiring, and told with so much clarity and hear ...more
The peace movement began when Gbowee reportedly had a dream where God told her, "Gather the women and pray for peace!" That was the beginning of the peace movement that united Christian and Muslim women against President Charles Taylor and ...more