Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War

Mighty Be Our Powers Mighty Be Our Powers Beast Books

Leymah Gbowee

with Carol Mithers

Beast Books, 2011

A 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner,  Gbowee was instrumental bringing to an end in Libera the presidency of Charles Taylor and long civil war through the peace movement she initiated which united Christian and Muslim women: Liberian Mass Action for Peace.  The reader follows her own gripping and painful life story  alongside that of her country in a well-told narrative of lost dreams finally realized in unimagined ways.


Out of her own turmoil amidst a civil war, Gbowee finds the courage to stand up for her love for her country and demand peace.  Her book is also a testament to the wondrous power of women who believe that life can overcome death and choose peace over violence.


“Searing war-torn memories from a visionary African peacekeeper and women’s-rights activist….Gbowee stands responsible for what began as a tireless vocal demonstration and soon escalated to a standoff on the Presidential Mansion steps demanding peace. This course of action facilitated the war’s end in 2003 and the election of Africa’s first female president.... With commanding charity, Gbowee celebrates Liberia’s eight years of peace and continues teaching young women about the power of activism. A patriotic chronicle reverberant with valor and perseverance.” -  Kirkus Review

Gbowee is the Africa colmunist for Newsweek and The Daily Beast.  She is the mother of six children. She lives in Accra, Ghana and is the co-founder and executive director of the Women Peace and Security Network-Africa.


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