Publications

English Edition (July 2016) 

The Power of Goodness: Art and Stories for a Culture of Peace

The Power of Goodness: Art and Stories for a Culture of Peace is a short story book with children’s art from Chechnya, Russia and around the world illustrating narratives of nonviolence, healing and reconciliation. Together, the words and images capture the excitement of action, joy of seeing from new perspectives, and encouragement of witnessing how small actions make big differences.

These stories are written for adults but with language that is accessible to any age. The captivating children’s art illustrating these stories adds a unique and moving dimension to the reader’s experience.

With forwards from Pete Seeger and Musa Akhmadov these stories will inspire a new audience of readers and children’s art lovers. Scroll down to read excerpts from the Forwards.

Power of Goodness: Stories of Nonviolence and Reconciliation, Volume 1 Chechnya

Today many of the world’s youth are exposed to countless forms of violence and have few models of alternatives to help them pattern their lives. This edition of The Power of Goodness: Stories of Nonviolence and Reconciliation is the Friends International Library (FIL) committee’s contribution to make these alternatives a reality. This trilingual story collection grew out of a wish to help young people learn the ways of peace and help them live a philosophy of love, as opposed to hate. Each story in this edition is written in Chechen, English and Russian.

Most of the stories are about actual events, some from the lives of young people. Several stories are from Chechnya. All stories are illustrated by youth ages 9-20 from Chechnya, Russia, Germany and the Unites States. In the front end papers, we are pleased to include art by Ingush artist Ali Hashagulgov and a quotation by Kunta-Hadji Kishiev. In the back end papers, we are pleased to include art by US artist Maureen Sharon and a quotation by the 17th century Quaker Stephen Grellet.

Power of Goodness was awarded $80,000 for the Power of Goodness, Chechen Edition from the United States Institute of Peace, which received 518 applications and made only 25 awards!

Unfortunately printing prices in Chechnya skyrocketed, so the grant only covered printing and distributing 3,500 copies. There is a need for 4,500 to 6,000 copies throughout the Chechen school system. An additional $7,000 will allow an additional 1,000 copies to be printed and distributed. Please consider giving, if you are able.

Chechen Edition (2014)

Teacher’s Manual 

Power of Goodness: Teacher’s Manual

Each of the books in the Power of Goodness series contains stories illustrating narratives of nonviolence, healing and reconciliation. These stories capture the excitement of action, joy of seeing from new perspectives and encouragement of witnessing how small actions make big differences.

The Teacher’s Manual contains historical background, activities, and discussions questions for all of the stories in the Power of Goodness series of books.

PDF available upon request.

“This is a collection of Chechen stories, essays, and art created by children ages six to 20 who were inspired by their own experiences in their war-torn country… The illustrations by Chechen children and teens are thoughtful and a nice counterbalance to the heavy topics of the entries.”

School Library Journal

“The Power of Goodness is a collection of stories gathered during the Russian invasion of Chechnya, and after World War II, that are now used to provide instruction on peace and nonviolence. The illustrations were drawn by children and young adults impacted by international conflict who used the essays as tools for healing. Each essay tells a story of individuals who experienced conflict, but found peace and reconciliation. While many of the stories take place in Chechnya and Russia such as “Neighbors,” there are examples of conflict resolution and nonviolence in France with “The House that Love Built,” and the United States with “The Healing Power of Forgiveness.” The essays offer a variety of perspectives and the stories are inspiring. They are a good reminder that even in the most dire of circumstances, peace is still relevant and nonviolent solutions can be found. Each individual action of reconciliation can be used as an inspiration for others.”

Lynn Donahue, Director, Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, St. John Fisher College

“A unique, impressive, exceptional, phenomenal and extraordinary anthology, “The Power of Goodness: Art and Stories for a Culture of Peace” is very highly recommended for personal reading lists, and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library collections.”

Midwest Book Review