The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict
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This was an incredible book. Categorized as “self-help” which usually turns me right off, but this one was so different. The book centers on an allegory, which makes the writing and story much more interesting. As you read you find yourself learning from the characters and situations without having to be “taught.” The book was so full of truth that I was constantly nodding my head, smiling and wondering why I hadn’t already seen life in this light. It discusses having a heart at peace and the strategies and self-reflection I gained from this book really changed things for me. At times the book asks the reader to be so honest that it can be uncomfortable to realize who you really are and what you need to change. It was an easy and quick read (which is rare for self-help) and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to better themselves and their relationships with a spouse, children, friends, or co-workers. Fantastic. synopsis: What if conflicts at home, conflicts at work, and conflicts in the world stem from the same root cause? And what if individually and collectively we systematically misunderstand that cause, and unwittingly perpetuate the very problems we think we are trying to solve?

Through an intriguing story of parents struggling with their troubled children and with their own personal problems, “The Anatomy of Peace” shows how to get past the preconceived ideas and self-justifying reactions that keep us from seeing the world clearly and dealing with it effectively. Yusuf al-Falah, an Arab, and Avi Rozen, a Jew, each lost his father at the hands of the other’s ethnic cousins. As the story unfolds, we discover how they came together, how they help warring parents and children to come together, and how we too can find our way out of the struggles that weigh us down. The choice between peace and war lies within us. As one of the characters says, “A solution to the inner war solves the outer war as well.” This book offers more than hope — it shows how we can prevent the conflicts that cause so much pain in our lives and in the world.