Be the Light by Paul W. Meier
Overcoming Evil with Good

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On December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, a deranged twenty-year-old male murdered his sleeping mother, then drove to an elementary school, and in a span lasting only three minutes, 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.

This ebook is dedicated to the families whose loved ones were taken from them in the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. 100% of moneys received will be donated to a scholarship fund for financially challenged families of preschool children.
 

About Paul W. Meier

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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. He also serves as the chairperson in his synod for the ELCA Malaria Campaign in an effort to eradicate malaria from Africa.
 
Published February 6, 2013 by Malcolm Creek Publishing. 30 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Self Help. Non-fiction

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