“When courageous women work together, it reflects the best we have to offer the world. Courageous women often work in the homes, and for our children, often in the shadows to support those in the limelight.” Leymah Gbowee
Mighty Be Our Powers is the story of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Leymah Gbowee. The story begins about one woman and her struggles through oppressed situations that dictate her life, including poverty, domestic violence, and civil war. Through her struggles, Leymah finds her voice and empowers women in war-torn Liberia to find their voice.
The powerful stories throughout this book of women coming together and helping one another are fully inspiring and move you to stand up for women who are in oppressed situations and do not have a voice.
The faith that Leymah models throughout her life and the faith of women in Liberia is amazing. Women from all faiths come together to work towards peace for their country and their families. They are a true example of building bridges and becoming unified to make a difference. Their voice was heard and now with peace in Liberia, they work towards rebuilding their country and helping others achieve peace in their communities.
This book would be great for a book discussion along with the documentary “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” which features the women’s movement work towards peace in Liberia. Leymah has become one of my “sheroes” in the 21st century. I hope she becomes yours too.
Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed A Nation at War, by Leymah Gbowee (Beast Books, 2011)
Barbara Anderson currently serves as the national president of American Baptist Women’s Ministries.