The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict

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What if conflicts at home, conflicts at work, and conflicts in the world stem from the same root cause? And what if individually and collectively we systematically misunderstand that cause, and unwittingly perpetuate the very problems we think we are trying to solve?
Through an intriguing story of parents struggling with their troubled children and with their own personal problems, "The Anatomy of Peace" shows how to get past the preconceived ideas and self-justifying reactions that keep us from seeing the world clearly and dealing with it effectively. Yusuf al-Falah, an Arab, and Avi Rozen, a Jew, each lost his father at the hands of the other's ethnic cousins. As the story unfolds, we discover how they came together, how they help warring parents and children to come together, and how we too can find our way out of the struggles that weigh us down. The choice between peace and war lies within us. As one of the characters says, "A solution to the inner war solves the outer war as well." This book offers more than hope — it shows how we can prevent the conflicts that cause so much pain in our lives and in the world.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576755843
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576755846
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces

Customer Reviews

Real-World Experience, Very Relatable

 on October 11, 2017
By CarolynR
If you are looking for a book that breaks down the pieces you need to look at to find peace in your relationships, take a chance on this book. I was required to read it as part of a college course, Conflict Management, in the school of business, and have recomended it to several people since who have also purchased it and loved it. Seriously, one of the best books I have read in college. It is relevant and real!

Great Book with Lasting Lessons

2 people found this helpful.
 on June 2, 2017
By Dawn A.
This is a must read for everyone!!! This book teaches you how to live in peace, even as you deal with difficult situations!!! It is very well written and explains the process through a story that not only makes it easier to understand, but also draws you in and helps you learn real ways to apply these teachings to your life!!!

New perspectives

 on July 26, 2017
By Rysface
I read this book because it was required of me when I started a new job. The CEO of the company said this book changed his life and wanted to share it with all of his employees. I wouldn’t say that this book changed my life, but it certainly did open my perspective on my relationships with others. I would recommend this to anyone that is looking for ways to help improve their communication and interactions with others.

Take the time to reflect while reading.

 on September 11, 2016
By Amazon Customer
I have read this book and also Leadership and Self-Deception. Both are easy reads that provide significant insight on being a better person. Leadership and Self-Deception would be the recommendation of you have to choose but if not, read both. Two bits of advice in reading the books. First, take time to reflect on your own life while reading. Second, finish the books. It is easy to get disenfranchised in the beginning of each. Give the authors a chance to work through the issues or concerns you will likely have as you work through the books. And it will be work if you are willing to be intentional about applying the insights provided in these books.

Changed Me

 on July 18, 2017
By Amazon Customer
I put a brief review on Goodreads, but will say this much; it changed me! I’m not the only one that I know of. I find myself stopping to think about how I speak to and treat others. That is already worth the price.

Life-Changing In the Best Way Possible!

 on June 11, 2016
By Jared
Fascinating and Inspiring all the way through explaining why conflicts arise and how most conflicts are handled in contrast to how they should be handled. Although I am not often in conflict, this book definitely opened my eyes to the best way to see the others’ point of view and to see them as people especially when we think we are right! Well done! I love that the author took the time to illustrate the points with dialogue and develop characters which is not always typical in a philosophical book! If everyone read this book, the world would be a much better place to live! Strongly recommend to all! Also, I loved the audio version! This book deserves WAY more than 5 stars to be honest….


 on November 23, 2017
By Fred
This book was well written and holds a powerful lessons on building relationships be they individual, family, workplace or nation states. Very thought provoking and inspiring read.

Do I relate to others as people or objects?

 on August 2, 2017
By George A. Baker, Jr.
Book was recommended by our family physician. After reading it, I understand why. Lots of experiences in human relations are portrayed, easy to understand and object lessons learned. I intended to read the book again to review and take hold of the principles espoused. I highly recommend this book.

Intriguing book

4 people found this helpful.
 on January 19, 2017
By Tom L
This book gives a strategy for living at peace with others. In Christian terms, it is about how to love others. It is really quite simple. First, learn to see others as individual people, rather than objects or categories. That frees you to develop relationships with them that will lead you to actions of love and care. The biggest problem is how we think of others and the “crooked” ways we treat them. Told in a story style that makes the lessons easier to understand and absorb, this book is very practical. As a Christian, however, I think it leaves out the important elements of repentance, forgiveness, and depending on the Holy Spirit’s help to change our thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and behaviors. I would still recommend the book.

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