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
Ms. Gbowee is open about her personal failings, as well as the problems her country faced an...more
A model of grassroots organizing. Her tale of serial pregnancies, starting as a teen, shows that just having a passel of kids can't hold her back, although having a live-in sister.surrogate stay-at-home mom helped. Perhap...more
The foster/adoptive content is scattered throughout. I've read another book that talks about the Liberian tradition of "fostering" in terms of taking children from poorer parts of an extended family or sometimes a completely different ethnic group and bringing them to a wealthier family where they can work as...more
(and I liked learning about the Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA an...more
Man is spelled “D-O-G” Gbwoee’s mother tells her, and that lesson remai...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
We could all learn a great deal from Leymah Gbowee and the ordinary Liberian women like her who protested peacefully for the peace that their finally achieved. More than anything else I think this book, her memoirs, teaches us that you do not have to be out of the ordinary to make extraordinary achievements. Throughout her account of how she came to be the Peace Activist and the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize recipient we know today, she tells recounts how she stumbled and continues...more
Thank you for being so honest about your circumstances.
Thank you women of Liberia for joining together to change their country.
And I am glad that you voted Ellen Sirleaf as Liberia's 1st female head of state.
Leymah was refreshingly honest about her life.
She discussed the difficulties of creating women's organizations and conflicting views.
Leymah went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2011.
I like the term "shedding the weight" when the women got tog...more
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.
I'm giving this 4.5 stars - Goodr...more
That being said - the way it was written was a bit confusing - she would go back and forth in time - she would call...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
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
However, the real message is about the strength of women, suffering through the nightmares of war, joining together to stand up for peace in their land. As Lemyah says in her book, "we created strength in sisterhood, and spoke out for peace on behalf of all Liberians...an army of women in white s...more
This is an at times harrowing but ultimately inspiring memoir of civil war and then organizing and protesting for peace. Gbowee led a women's movement in Liberia which was crucial in ending the civil war and helping to secure the peace which has persisted. The book contains...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
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
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You cannot go to another country and make a plan for it. The cultural context is so different from what you know that you will not understand much of what you see. I would never come to the US and claim to understand what's going on, even in the African American culture. People who have lived through a terrible conflict may be hungry and desperate, but they are not stupid. They often have very good ideas about how peace can evolve, and they need to be asked.
That includes women. Most especially women ...
To outsiders like the UN, these soldiers were a problem to be managed. But they were our children.”