Books by Gerard Vanderhaar

Christians and Nonviolence

Christians and Nonviolence in the Nuclear Age:
Scripture, the Arms Race, and You
Christians and nonviolence in the Nuclear Age presents a constructive personal response that individuals can make to the challenge posed by nuclear weapons. It outlines a positive, nonviolent alternative to war. This alternative can be practiced in one’s own personal life and extended into the arena of international relations.
The book assesses the terrible realities of the Nuclear Age and sophisticated weapons systems in light of the biblical teachings about idolatry. Then it presents the life of Jesus as a model upon which women and men of good will can pattern a lifestyle of nonviolence.
Christians and Nonviolence in the Nuclear Age proposes a new vision of self, country and the world that measures up to the demands of the times. In light of that vision, the book suggests specific actions individuals and groups can take to change the course of our world from self-destruction to mutual understanding and cooperation.
Published by Twenty-Third Publications ©1982, ISBN 0-89622-162-8
Foreword by Bishop Carroll T. Dozier

Enemies and how to love them

Enemies and How to Love Them
This compassionate book describes the making of enemies in our personal, social and national lives. It goes on to outline a nonviolent approach to resolving enmity wherever it arises.
It taps the rich resources of Jesus’ two-thousand-year-old formula, “Love your enemies,” with the help of our contemporary understanding of Gandhian active nonviolence. The author offers a life-changing, habit-breaking approach of understanding, focusing, and negotiating as a positive alternative to the usual flight-or-fight response to enemies.
The book sketches an informative portrait of the Soviet Union that includes insights into its communist ideology, its political structures and the practice of religion in the country. The book stresses that the USSR is a nation of real people who are interesting, sometimes colorful, yet always struggling.
Published by Twenty-Third Publications ©1985, ISBN 0-89622-241-1

Active nonviolence

Active Non-Violence: A Way of Personal Peace
Written to provide a down-to-earth, practical guide for achieving peace in our personal lives through Active Nonviolence the book features stories from the pioneers of nonviolence – Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Catholic Worker founder Dorothy Day. All are engagingly woven in with those of ordinary persons who have adopted a nonviolent perspective. The author fervently shows how everyday events, such as our conversation, our dealings with difficult (and hostile) people, even our highway driving, can be done in a nonviolent, and, as a result, spiritually nourishing way.
This is a singularly distinctive “how-to” book, which creatively connects the ordinary activities of our lives with the extraordinary vision of a peaceful world championed by the great advocates of nonviolence in our century.
Active Nonviolence is an original, enriching, and authentic resource for those who wish to integrate peace in both their personal and public lives.
Published by Twenty-Third Publications ©1990, ISBN 0-89622-392-2
Foreword by Joan D. Chittister, O.S.B.

Why Good People

Why Good People Do Bad Things
Why Good People Do Bad Things sheds new light on the ethical dilemmas of modern life. It shows how people of good will who are generally thoughtful, caring, and reasonably well-balanced can unwittingly contribute to the evils present in our social systems.
In exposing these situations, this book also offers the hope that these same “good people” can take a fresh look at the world around them. In doing so, they can then see the potential of our world as well as its defects, and determine to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.
Published by Twenty-Third Publications ©1994, ISBN 0-89622-590-9

Beyond Nonviolence

Beyond Violence:
In the Spirit of the Non-Violent Christ
Apocalyptic voices grow louder as we enter the new Millennium, promising dire consequences for the fate of humanity, our planet and our civilization. But theirs are not the only voices around. There are voices that are equally strong and full of hope, courage and conviction. Gerard Vanderhaar’s voice is not apocalyptic, but prophetic and full of passion. He proposes a new direction, one that will lead to a more workable world – that of the Nonviolent Christ.
Vanderhaar shows how figures like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day and others have taken the example of the Nonviolent Christ as their guide for living and working justly and courageously in the world. He then offers suggestions for incorporating gestures of peace and words of compassion and justice into our daily dealings at home, at work, with difficult people, and as part of the political process. He also shows how our attitudes toward money, time and people can deeply influence our effectiveness in working for a better future.
Published by Twenty-Third Publications ©1998, ISBN 0-89622-739-1

Personal nonviolence

Personal Nonviolence:
A Practical Spirituality for Peacemakers
Spirituality is aligning our innermost being with the Way of the Cosmos. It’s our effort to get our total beings right. For those trying to live lives deeply influenced by Jesus of Nazareth, a spirituality based on active nonviolence is in harmony with his life and teachings. It is both guide and support of stress, turmoil, terrorism, fear and uncertainty.
In this book, a compilation of much of his decades-long work on non-violence, Vanderhaar explains how a spirituality of nonviolence provides methods and guidance in everyday activities such as speech, leadership and dealing with difficult people or even those who might be seen as enemies. He outlines how this spirituality helps us to understand both our gifts and our shortcomings and to deal with the challenges of life in the twenty-first century. Understanding nonviolence can guide peacemakers to a practical spirituality based on the nonviolent Christ, our guide and inspiration.
Published by Pax Christi USA ©2006, ISBN 0-9743804-4-X
Foreword by Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB