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Following is a review published in the Peace Press, the newsletter of our local Peace and Justice Center in Sonoma County, CA.

Turning Fear Into Power: One Woman's Journey Confronting the War on Terror; by Linda Sartor 2014 reviewed by Lilith Rogers

“Following 9/11/2001, I was called by a relentless internal voice to put my mind, heart, and body on the line because I could not abide what my country was doing in my name with my taxes. I discovered and decided to join the International Solidarity Movement in Palestine.” Linda Sartor 

In her recently published book, TURNING FEAR INTO POWER Linda uses excerpts from the journals she kept over ten years to describe the experiences she had in seven war-torn countries where she traveled in the role of peacekeeper and citizen diplomat and her reactions to those experiences. She joined the International Solidarity Movement in Israel/Palestine in June, 2002, the Iraq Peace Teams in February, 2003, went to Sri Lanka with the Nonviolent Peaceforce on and off between 2003-2008, did a Global Exchange citizen diplomacy trip to Iran in October, 2008, took her first trip to Afghanistan with Voices for Creative Nonviolence in March 2011, and was deported after a very brief stay from Bahrain in February, 2012. Linda tells us that her purpose in writing this book and speaking about it wherever she can is “to inspire citizens to follow the call of their hearts in order to affect social change even when they are afraid. It is a story of the development of my personal sense of empowerment in the face of violent forces that had always appeared beyond my reach.” 

As I read this book, I was continually amazed at the courage Linda displayed in the face of the often frightening and violent situations in which she found herself. Or I should say, placed herself. Right from the beginning of her first trip to a Palestinian refugee camp during a time of great tension there between the Palestinian citizens and the Israeli soldiers, Linda constantly confronts danger for the sake of those she has come to stand with in solidarity. She overcomes her fears and bravely aids people who have lost almost everything. Reading her intimate accounts of her struggles with her own self-doubts and her perseverance, her bonding with the other members on her peace teams, and most of all, the beauty and generosity of the people she has come to assist gives me a renewed sense of hope for humanity. As she says of one of the organizations she works with--the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers (AYPV)—“they believe that nonviolence is worth pursuing even if they won’t see the results in their lifetimes.” Thank you, Linda, for writing this book. Not only does it tell us how to turn fear into power, but it also tells us how to turn despair into hope. 

When she’s not traveling the world to make peace, Linda lives in an intentional community in Sonoma County, teaches research courses in graduate school, and guides wilderness trips with a non-profit organization. You can purchase a copy of her book at the Peace and Justice Center or directly from Linda herself, or you can order it through your local independent book store.  The book is also available at Amazon.com.  Be sure to give the subtitle of the book or Linda's name when ordering, because there happens to be another book by the same title.