Power of Goodness collects stories from the lives of real people
that depict instructional moments in how to rely on the power of goodness in difficult situations and the amazing results of doing so. Our vision is to inspire readers, listeners, viewers, and participants to act with courage and to bring good into the lives around them.
The stories are written for children and illustrated by children
in ways compelling to people of any age, depicting the excitement of action, the joy of seeing from new perspectives and the encouragement of small acts that make big differences, through books, exhibitions, talks and short workshops.
We invite you to browse the titles and look at the accompanying artwork. When you find a story that catches your attention, read it through.
What did the story make you think about?
Has anything in the story challenged your ideas?
Is there anything in the story that might apply to your own life?
English Edition (July 2016)
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.
Schedule the Exhibition
This traveling exhibition presents original artwork by young people ages 6 – 20 from Chechnya, Russia and around the world illustrating stories of nonviolence and reconciliation from the lives of real people. These works capture the excitement of action, the joy of seeing things from new perspectives and the encouragement of witnessing how small actions make big differences.
For any questions, please contact the Peace Ministries Committee.
Power of Goodness: Stories of Nonviolence and Reconciliation grew from a book, Lighting Candles in the Dark, originally collected in English and published in the U.S.A. by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM, 1964), which later turned the copyright over to Friends General Conference (FGC, 1992 and 2001).
That book included short stories about people who showed bravery and courage as they dealt nonviolently with dangerous or difficult situations and social issues. Friends International Library committee added a pool of inspiring stories from many countries and cultures based on universal themes—courage, nonviolence, justice, friendship, cooperation, and care for the earth—that spoke to Russians and Chechens.