Be the Light: Overcoming Evil with Good by Paul W. Meier
On December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, a deranged twenty-year-old male murdered his sleeping mother, then killed twenty children and six adult staff members with an assault rifle.
NBC News correspondent Ann Curry offered a shocked and heartbroken nation a positive way to direct their kindled energy, suggesting people perform twenty-six acts of kindness in memory of the victims. The reason for this short book is to try to keep the love flowing beyond this one incident in Connecticut.
The world needs a functional and long term method for responding to evil rather than thinking revised laws or greater firepower will prevent imbalanced people from hurting others. Darkness has never gotten rid of darkness. All the spiritual traditions of the world have suggested the appropriate response to evil is with goodness or love, but few people have adopted or promoted goodness as their chosen method of response.
The author highlights various sayings from the wisdom traditions, redefines evil in terms of immaturity or lack of development of individuals, explains how goodness helps to overcome evil, suggests things people can do to grow in their own maturity, and gives examples of random acts of kindness that a person can use to become an agent for change in the world.
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About The Author...
Paul W. Meier
Paul W. Meier received his Masters of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School and Masters of Sacred Theology degree from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.
As a second career pastor, he has served ten years in parish ministry.
He’s on the board of directors for Trinity/HOPE, an organization that feeds children in Haiti (www.trinityhope.org). He also serves as the chairperson in his synod for the ELCA Malaria Campaign in an effort to eradicate malaria from Africa.
He’s been published in The Upper Room, Christ In Our Home, Pray!, Alive Now, The Word in Season, The Lutheran, and Lutheran Partners. Other books include O Taste and See: Discovering God Through Imaginative Meditations; Praying the Gospels with Martin Luther: Finding Freedom in Love; In Living Color: The Lord’s Prayer; and In Living Color: The Beatitudes; Be the Light: Overcoming Evil with Good.
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