The highlight of our year so far is meeting Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee and listening to her inspiring remarks at a recent event to raise funds for her peace foundation. Ms. Gbowee was the leader of the peace movement in Liberian that brought together Christian and Muslum women from all over their ravaged country to end their decade long civil war. This powerful story was first brought to light in the award-winning documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell. And now, in her memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War Ms. Gbowee shares her own personal journey of growing up with great promise in a peaceful Liberia, to an abusive relationship which left her with 4 children and no job, in the middle of a raging civil war.
In this gripping story, she shares with stunning honesty how she found her personal power that lead to a movement that finally brought peace to her country. It's one thing to see images of wars in far off countries, but quite another to hear a first hand account of what it is like to live through the trauma of war told from a woman's perspective -- but not "women as victims", women empowered and emboldened to change their circumstances, for their children and the future of heir country.
"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, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize