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Dr. Penfield Shares Her Rich Insights as an Advocate for Peace Building in Book, “Before You Die, Plant a Tree”

A book that points us to our duty to leave our world better than we found it.


“Before You Die, Plant a Tree: Practical Lessons for Peace Building from Cambodia” is a case study of on-going peacebuilding by Dr. Joyce Penfield. In a world where chaos and violence are still very much present, this is a book that teaches us humility and ways to use our lives to leave the world in a better shape.

Dr. Penfield’s dedication for peacebuilding began in 2017, when she went on a two-week vacation in Cambodia. There, she accidentally discovered Peace Bridges Organization, a faith-rooted NGO led by Cambodians on a mission to achieve long-term peacebuilding. This non-profit organization uses an extensive non-violent education curriculum. They advocate for Cambodians who have experienced violence in the family, the community, and beyond. A few of their initiatives include: building a network of volunteer “peace builders” who they have trained in nonviolence lifestyle and trauma healing; working with partnering NGOs across the country who serve as catalysts for conflict transformation; and training leaders of poor and marginalized communities in nonviolent advocacy skills.

Peace Bridges’ sincerity and clear ambition inspired Dr. Penfield to volunteer and join them for a year in order to gain valuable insights and practical lessons that she could share with the rest of the world. This book is a case study of an innovative, successful approach to grassroots peace building in the 21st century. The literal, environmental, and spiritual meaning behind the title of the book awakens the humanity in us. “Before You Die, Plant a Tree” provides a description of a model of community-driven peace building that can be helpful in helping us repair and restore the broken parts of our relationship with one another and with the environment, so that we may give the future generation justice and a better place to live.

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“Before You Die, Plant a Tree: Practical Lessons for Peace Building from Cambodia”
Author: Joyce Penfield
Publisher: Stillwater River Publications
Publication date: 04/02/2021
Pages: 328
ISBN-13: 9781952521836

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