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Book by Virginia Swain published by Xlibris in August 2004. Endorsed by Elise Boulding, Ph.D., Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and Bernie Siegel, MD., author of Love, Medicine and Miracles.

A Mantle of Roses: A Woman's Journey Home to Peace
By Virginia Swain

"Looking back on my life through the lens of consciousness into the development of my inner voice, I found a speaking Presence that guided me to recount my story as a peacemaker, mediator and Reconciliation Leader. I offer my reflections for a post September 11 world…

I am an ordinary woman with extraordinary experiences. My story begins in 1979 when I felt a leading I couldn't ignore. My prompting was a vocational call to wholeness, balance and peace. During this process, I found my life's work, marriage after many years alone, reconciliation with friends and family. Additionally, I found a perspective on what death is, and a sense of my own worth and contribution to society. This book is about hope that comes from having the power over my life that resulted in my own transformation. I discovered that my understanding of true power comes from having the self-confidence and trust in my relationship with God.

Because I have a certainty of what I am being led to do with my life, I understand now how I can make a difference in the world."
—From the Introduction: A Mantle of Roses: A Woman's Journey Home to Peace

"We have much to learn from each other about how we have traveled-and sometimes travailed-through our life journeys. Virginia Swain's story of her own development through time as a peacemaker and a compassionate human being will be inspiring and helpful to many. Her sense of calling is very strong and rightly guided. I have been very interested in how Virginia's innovative approach to leadership and peacebuilding in highly stressful conflicts has risen from her life journey. The Reconciliation Leadership Certificate Program and Global Mediation and Reconciliation Service are important contributions to the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World (2001-2010)."

Elise Boulding, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Dartmouth College; Former Secretary-General, International Peace Research Association, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

"I admire your courage and willingness to choose a path of healing."

—Bernie Siegel, MD., Founder, Exceptional Cancer Patients and Author,
Love, Medicine and Miracles and Prescriptions for Living.

At the end of each chapter, there are questions for the reader accompanied by journaling pages:

  • Have you had an experience of darkness which broke you open?
  • Have you ever had a sense of Love intervening in your life — either through a spiritual experience or a human presence in comfort?
  • Have you then accepted its invitation to a deeper experience of life?
  • Are you able to live your life not needing to know the answers to your questions, considering life as the question?
  • Give an example of how you discovered that what you were most reactive against in someone else was really inside yourself.
  • Have you every despaired that one person cannot make a difference?
  • Have you ever had faith that you could indeed influence the world for the better?
  • How can you go back to the Sacred for nurturing and sustenance in times of darkness and despair?
  • What will you create out of the rubble of Ground Zero?

Books are available through the website.

$27.00(soft cover) or $36.00 (hard cover). Includes sales tax and shipping and handling for one book.

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