Host John Dear on his 2020 National Book Tour

Fr. John Dear

Fr. John Dear

Host John Dear on his 2020 National Book Tour for his forth-coming book, “PRAISE BE PEACE: The Psalms of Peace and Nonviolence in a Time of War and Climate Change,” March-April, 2020

Early next year, 23rd Publications will publish Rev. John Dear’s new book, Praise Be Peace: The Psalms of Peace and Nonviolence in a Time of War and Climate Change, a collection of meditations on the anti-war, pro-peace psalms, and the psalms that celebrate creation, as a way to ground ourselves in faith and trust in the God of peace during these times of war and climate change.

Pace e Bene is organizing a national speaking and book-signing tour, from March-April, 2020 with John Dear. He will speak about his new book, plus the upcoming 75th anniversary of Hiroshima and the Campaign Nonviolence National events in New Mexico next August.

To organize an event in your church or community with Rev. John Dear, please email Ryan Hall at or call 510-268-8765. You will be sent an email with all details and planning information. Below is a description of the new book and a biography of John Dear. John recently moved to the Central Coast of California, so we are especially hoping people on the West Coast will invite John to speak.


Praise Be Peace: The Psalms of Peace and Nonviolence in a Time of War and Climate Change
A new book by Rev. John Dear
To be published Jan. 20, 2020 by 23rd Publications,  1-800-321-0411. 
Will also be available at

In this beautiful new collection of meditations, author, activist and Nobel peace prize nominee Father John Dear reflects on the ancient Psalms to ground us in faith, peace and nonviolence during these tumultuous times of war and climate change.

John Dear’s is a beautiful message of peace!
— Anne Lamott

Using his new home along the Big Sur, California coast and his recent Pace e Bene Pilgrimage to Assisi, he hears the Psalms’ call to trust “the God of peace who stops wars” as we continue to work for peace, and to celebrate the wonders of creation, as we mobilize against environmental destruction.

“Come and behold the works of the God of peace who has done awesome deeds on earth, who stops wars to the ends of the earth, breaks the war bow, shatters the war spear, and burns the shields with fire, who says: ‘Be still and know that I am the God of peace,’” we read in Psalm 46.

“The God of peace takes no delight in the strength of the war horse, no pleasure in the stride of the warrior,” we read in Psalm 147. “Rather, the God of peace takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.”

With Fr. John’s guidance, we dare study the world’s violence, wars and environmental destruction, the Gospel call to organize grassroots movements of nonviolence, the upcoming 75th anniversary of Hiroshima, and the Psalms’ insistence that we root our work in our faith and trust in a generous loving God of peace. By digging deep spiritual roots in the Psalms trust in the God of peace, we gather new strength to go forward in faith, resistance, hope and peace.

“A king is not saved by a great army, nor a warrior delivered by great strength. Useless is the war horse for safety; its great strength, no sure escape,” we read in Psalm 33. “But the eyes of the God of peace are upon the reverent, upon those who count on God’s gracious help.” Together, we will be encouraged to resist war, to be reverent and nonviolent, trust in the God of peace, and do our part in welcoming a more nonviolent world!


Rev. John Dear is a long time peace activist, lecturer and teacher, and the author of 35 books including The Beatitudes of Peace, Walking the Way; Thomas Merton Peacemaker; Lazarus Come Forth!; Living Peace; The Nonviolent Life; Radical Prayers; and They Shall Inherit the Earth. He has been nominated many times for the Nobel Peace Prize, including by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He works with and the Vatican Nonviolence Initiative and lives near Big Sur, Cal.


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