Title: PEACE BEHIND THE WIRE: A NONVIOLENT RESOLUTION
Author: Kit Cummings
Rating: 3.5 stars
PEACE BEHIND THE WIRE: A NONVIOLENT RESOLUTION is the story of a revolutionary peace program which achieved success in some of the most violent prison populations in the nation.
Kit Cummings was a rising star in his specialty, starting and revitalizing non-denominational churches. Then he hit rock bottom. This narrative chronicles his resurgence with a revolutionary peace program based on teachings of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Mother Theresa. In January, 2011, 12 men at Georgia’s Hays State Prison signed the first pledge of the program, promising to live peacefully for 40 days. The prisoners’ clear and raw desire for peace saw fights broken up and hits called off. It was not an immediate success, but the efforts and dedication eventually prevailed and roots took hold in the unlikely population, inspiring Cummings to persist there and at prisons throughout the country.
Cummings starts off slowly, going into intricate detail about many of the men in the beginning cycles of the peace pledge. He juxtaposes their admittedly violent pasts with their present desire to help the program and bring peace to what is now their home in an effective, if dramatic voice. Cummings effectively writes about a program based on faith and religion without alienating a lay audience. His raw enthusiasm is evident and inspirational in the narrative, as is his honest respect for the men in his program. He writes with a sincere empathy for the prisoners, their victims and society as a whole, making it easy for the reader to see why he has been so successful on a number of levels. Some detail really slows the momentum, especially at the beginning; and the chronological jumps are distracting, but the story as a whole is undeniably compelling. Though his depictions of the life behind the walls can be too lengthy, the stories of growth and peacefulness among inmates are remarkable as a whole.
PEACE BEHIND THE WIRE: A NONVIOLENT RESOLUTION is an inspiring story of peaceful success in a usually neglected and often violent population that lends credence to the belief that one person truly can affect change in society.
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Local Nonprofit Founder to Showcase New Book at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Kit Cummings, Founder of the Power of Peace Project, Will Headline Callanwolde’s “A Book Affair” This October
Atlanta, GA– Kit Cummings, the founder of the Power of Peace Project, will be showcasing his newest release, Peace Behind the Wire, at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center October 22nd at 6:30 pm for their quarterly literary event, A Book Affair.
A new addition to Atlanta’s literary community, A Book Affair is quickly gaining a name for itself. Kit Cummings will be one of only four local authors invited to headline the event each year.
Cummings’s new book, Peace Behind the Wire: A Nonviolent Resolution chronicles the origins of Power of Peace Project. Having begun as a peace pledge taken by twelve inmates being housed in one of Georgia’s most dangerous prisons in 2011, the Power of Peace Project evolved into a global movement. Currently, the program has planted seeds in prisons, schools, and churches across the United States, South Africa, Mexico, Honduras, and Ukraine.
“This book is the culmination of five years of traveling all over the country and even overseas developing this project,” shares Kit. “It has taken me into the lives of the most fascinating people in some of the toughest environments.”
The event will begin with a meet-and-greet and wine reception, followed by the author’s presentation, and ending with a Q&A session and book signing.
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Note to Media: Kit Cummings is available for interviews. Please contact Raven Davis at 470-239-8547 or Raven@booklogix.com.
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