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Author:Brian Lightowler

Published By:IofC UK, 2017

Brian Lightowler has had more than half a century of daily practice in the principles and application of Initiatives of Change, or ‘Moral Re-Armament’ as it was called when he first encountered it. That is, in the practice of the dynamics of inner change drawing on a spiritual search and a moral code of integrity to guide one’s relationships and actions—and then, by extension, seeking to apply those same principles to shift and transform what is going so wrong in the world around us.

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Author:Visier Meyasetsu Sanyü with Richard Broome

Published By:Monash University Publishing 2017


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Visier Meyasetsu Sanyü, a man from Nagaland, together with Richard Broome, an Emeritus Professor of History at La Trobe University in Melbourne, wrote this book, 'A Naga Odyssey' which tells an extraordinary story of a 21st century Odysseus who took 20 years, like his Greek counterpart, to return home at last.

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Author: Margaret Hepworth

Published by:Rupa Publications

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‘The Gandhi Experiment – Teaching Our Teenagers How to Become Global Citizens’ is a short, easily digestible book that has been developed to suit flexible learning situations. Some chapters can be completed in one session, while others focus on overarching concepts that can be taught over multiple lessons. Each chapter is full of tools and strategies for peace building that are easily adaptable according to context.

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Author: Pierre Spoerri (year), translated by Peter Thwaites, 2015
Published by: Caux Books, translated edition published in 2016

FB & Germans

Frank Buchman, initiator of Moral Re-Armament, was an American with distant Swiss-German roots. Buchman had a deep love for Germany. The period covered here, roughly 1920-1950, begins with a defeated Germany suffering economic collapse and widespread hardship following World War I. It covers the 12 years of Nazi power, which promised rebirth but brought tyranny, genocide and national destruction. It ends as a democratic Federal Republic and a reconciled Western Europe are about to take shape. See reader's review

The author, Pierre Spoerri, worked as a full-time volunteer for Moral Re-Armament (now Initiatives of Change), in Asia, Africa and Europe all his life. Translator Peter Thwaites also worked for the organisation in Europe and in his home country of Australia.

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Price: $12.50


Author: Marina Canacuzino
Published by: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015

The Forgiveness ProjectThe Forgiveness Project was founded in 2004 in response to the invasion of Iraq. As a way of countering the rhetoric of retaliation so prominent at that time, journalist Marina Cantacuzino set out to collect stories from victims and perpetrators who had chosen to resolve conflict through dialogue and restorative means.

Examining themes of forgiveness, reconciliation and conflict transformation, this book brings together the personal testimonies of both survivors and perpetrators of crime and violent acts and asks the question whether forgiveness may have more currency than revenge in an age which seems locked into the cycle of conflict. See reader’s review

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Author: Michael Thwaites
Published by: Deakin, ACT Heritage Association Inc., 2015
ISBN: 9780992571405

Michael Thwaites (1915-2005) was the first Australian to be awarded the King’s Gold Medal for Poetry, in 1940. (Judith Wright and Les Murray were later Australian winners.) His poems draw on a varied life, including six years Naval service during World War II, teaching English literature at university in Melbourne, directing ASIO’s counter-espionage operations during the Stalin era, and life in Canberra before and after retirement as Deputy Head of the Parliamentary Library. Read More..


Available from the Michael and Honor Thwaites Heritage Association (MAHTHA) Inc, 20 Wylie St, Narrabundah, ACT 2604, Australia
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Author: Shanaka Fernando
Published by: Vivid Publishing, 2012
ISBN: 9781922022721

Shanaka Fernando is the revolutionary pioneer who created a chain of community restaurants called Lentil as Anything. The ‘pay-as-you-feel’ business model became a hit in the 2000s, filling up seats up all operations hours. He was recognized as ‘Australian of the Year’ in 2007, and was also featured on MasterChef with the Dalai Lama in 2012.

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Author: Philip Boobbyer
Published by: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2013
Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-271-05979-2
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-271-05980-8

Spiritual Vision of Frank BuchmanThis biography by Philip Boobbyer, a history lecturer at the University of Kent in UK, focuses on Frank Buchman’s ideas and spirituality. There are chapters on the origins of Buchman’s thinking, guidance, personal work, theological questions, strategy and organisations, politics and ideology.

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Authors: John Williams and John Bond
Published by: Grosvenor Books, 2013
ISBN : 978-0-646-59340-1

The Promise of Diversity, by John Williams and John BondJerzy Zubrzycki, AO CBE (1920-2009), became known as ‘the father of Australian multiculturalism.’ This book tells his story. Born in Poland, Zubrzycki served with distinction during the Second World War in the Polish Army, the Polish Underground and with Britain’s Special Operations executive. After the war, he studied sociology at the London School of Economics, then took a position at the Australian National University. In 1970 he became the university’s Professor of Sociology. Throughout his career he worked with many others to develop policies appropriate to Australia’s increasing ethnic diversity - policies that have been implemented by governments on both sides of the political divide.

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Authors: Kim E. Beazley and John Bond
Published by: Fremantle Press, 2009
ISBN: 9781921361425

Father of The House, by Kim E. Beazley and John Bond

The political career of Kim Beazley, Sr. spanned three eras of Australian politics and thirty-two years of service. Once dubbed ‘one of the best Parliamentarians Australia has ever had,’ by the time he retired, he was affectionately known as ‘The Father of the House’. As Minister for Education (1972-1975) he is remembered for the abolition of university fees and the transformation of education in Australia, with the introduction of needs-based funding.

Beazley championed Aboriginal rights when the cause was unpopular in mainstream opinion. He was far ahead of his time and it was not until he left Parliament that he had the satisfaction of seeing his stance vindicated, when Prime Minister Rudd apologised to the Aboriginal people on behalf of the Australian Government

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Author: Mike Brown
Published by: Grosvenor Books, 2002
ISBN: 0959262237

No Longer Down under by Mark Brown

At 20, Mike Brown was crazy enough to leave university and try to change the world. It was the Sixties, an era of idealism, peace marches and ‘doing your own thing’ individualism. Like many of his generation, Mike’s idealism burnt out…well, not quite. The ‘unconscious mentors’ he writes about challenged him by their actions to work for deeper, more authentic social change and healing.  This book is about Mike’s own journey alongside ordinary Australians – among them a dairy farmer, a former prisoner-of-war, a butcher’s son, and an Aboriginal truck driver – who, through their compassion and commitment, played some part in turning the world ‘right side up.’

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Author: Brian Lightowler
Published by: Caux Books, 2003
ISBN: 2-88037-507-7

Corruption Who Cares?, by Brian LightowlerWhile the growth of corruption is daunting and global, this book paints a panorama of evidence that integrity and honesty are practical and achievable, drawing on the experience of named individuals and businesses.

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Author: Garth Lean
Published by: Constable, 1985
ISBN-10: 0094666504
ISBN-13: 978-0094666504

Frank Buchman: A Life, by Garth LeanFrank Buchman was the initiator of the Oxford Group, which later became known as Moral Re-Armament. This book was the first full-length biography attempting the present with objectivity the story of this inspiring and controversial figure who set out to remake the world.

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Price: US$14.00