Writing is a tool for peace


Priest, writer, activist, and Christian pacifist John Dear recommends writing as a tool to "do good, spread the good word, influence others to do the good and point the way toward a better world of peace with justice."

Although he never considered himself a writer, Dear, who has been arrested over 75 times for acts of non-violent civil disobedience, began writing because he was passionate about his vow of non-violence, he writes for the National Catholic Reporter Online.

"The experience of writing [Disarming the Heart] set me on a journey I could never have predicted. The writing helped clarify my understanding of nonviolence, which led to further insights and action, and more writing, and so forth," he says in his blog. "The writing helped clarify my understanding of nonviolence, which led to further insights and action, and more writing, and so forth."

With 28 titles to his credit, he adds, "Perhaps I write too much, but I remain passionate about Christian peacemaking. Writing helps me delve deeper into nonviolence and offers a way to share my enthusiasm with others."