Every world religion offers lessons on how to live in peace and harmony with both Earth and one another. This book represents a deep dive into peace-related tales that have been shared with children all over the world for centuries.
My 16 favorites were chosen, in part, because they help kids explore the concept of peace in a variety of ways. The stories come from eight different traditions (Sub-Saharan African, Native American, Hindu/Sanatana Dharma, Buddhist, Sikh, Jewish, Christian, and Islamic).
2021 Finalist, Children’s Religious
Here’s what others are saying…
“The author keeps the narrative simple yet very entertaining….I can imagine parents reading a story or two to their little ones before bed and educating them about religious tolerance from an early age. The illustrations are perfect and reflect the subject matter of the story. Well done….” [Read full review here]
Amazon — Verified Purchase Review
“Embracing Peace” is a wonderful collection of stories for children that show how all cultures and faith traditions value peace making. Read them to your child so they too can see that people that may look different then they do, or that have traditions different then theirs, still have great value and the same goal of living peaceful. These are important values to learn from an early age!
President & Founder, United Religions Initiative, Right Reverend William E. Swing
“Having been part of numerous gatherings of religious leaders, theologians and grassroots practitioners trying to discover their common ground, something always seemed to be missing. Vicki Garlock’s Embracing Peace unearths the missing ingredient. Stories. Beautifully illustrated and fun, these stories lay the foundation for peace in a religiously diverse world by speaking to the soul and imagination of the child in all of us. Highly recommended.”
Executive Director Kids4Peace Boston, Christine Samuel
“In a world often defined in terms of differences, Vicki Garlock’s Embracing Peace reminds us of the unifying power of faith and our religious traditions. Interspersing questions and reflections throughout these rich and culturally diverse stories, Garlock emphasizes the universal applicability that is the theme both of a healthy spirituality and her wonderful book! An important and wonderful read for kids and adults alike.”