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How to Teach Peace to Children, by Anne Meyer Byler, is a handy, digestible (at 72 pages) look at options for living out peacemaking convictions and teaching them to the children in our lives. Byler covers the way to find alternatives to violent toys and games, guard kids against consumerism, and teach them to care for others. Each chapter ends with discussion questions. A companion Web site contains additional resources: Herald Press.

'Come, Ye Disconsolate' War isn't usually a good theme for easy listening, but the West Coast Mennonite Chamber Choir's And Night Shall End is a beautiful, compelling CD. While there's one maudlin tune (aptly titled 'Long Black Arm'), the songs cover a variety of styles, including folk and spiritual. The lyrics in 'Bugles Sang' break your heart: 'Voices of boys were by the river side/Sleep mothered them and left the twilight sad.' Yet the rousing 'Like a River Glorious' reminds us that, with God, night does indeed end. Sales support people with disabilities and mental illness.

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Sojourners Magazine February 2004
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