Zen Under Fire by Marianne Elliott
How I Found Peace in the Midst of War

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An earnest but fairly unskilled rendering of a humanitarian worker's trials and tribulations in Afghanistan.


I am about to be left in charge of the office.
I'm not sure I'm ready for the responsibility, so I double-check with my boss. He reassures me.
"You'll be fine, Marianne. As long as no one kills Amanullah Khan, you'll be fine."
By midday, Amanullah Khan is dead.

Marianne Elliot is a human rights lawyer stationed with the UN in Herat when the unthinkable happens: a tribal leader is assassinated, and she must defuse the situation before it leads to widespread bloodshed. And this is just the beginning of the story in Afghanistan.

Zen Under Fire lays bare the struggles of a war-torn region from a uniquely personal perspective. Honest and vivid, her story reveals the shattering effect that the high-stress environment has on Marianne and her relationships. Redefining the question of what it really means to do good in a country that is under siege from within, Zen Under Fire is an honest, moving, at times terrifying true story of a women's experience at peacekeeping in one of the most dangerous places on Earth.

"This is an amazing book, kind of like if Eat, Pray, Love had happened in Afghanistan and the stakes were life and death."—Susan Piver, New York Times bestselling author of Wisdom of a Broken Heart


About Marianne Elliott

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Marianne Elliott is a writer, human/environmental rights advocate, and international yoga instructor. Trained as a lawyer, Marianne created the Action Plan for Human Rights in New Zealand and spent two years working in human rights in the Gaza Strip prior to her time in Afghanistan. She has blogged for the Huffington Post. www.marianne-elliott.com.#zenpeacekeeper
Published June 4, 2013 by Sourcebooks. 351 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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An earnest but fairly unskilled rendering of a humanitarian worker's trials and tribulations in Afghanistan.

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