The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding

The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding present, in a highly accessible form, key concepts and practices from the fields of restorative justice, conflict transformation, and peacebuilding. Written by leaders in these fields, they are designed for practitioners, students, and anyone interested in justice, peace, and conflict resolution.

The Little Book of Conflict Transformation
by John Paul Lederach | More detail | Order from Amazon
John Paul Lederach explores why “conflict transformation” is more appropriate than “conflict resolution” or “management.” Conflict transformation asks not simply “How do we end something not desired?”, but “How do we end something destructive and build something desired?”

The Little Book of Restorative Justice
by Howard Zehr | More detail | Order from Amazon: English | Spanish
From the grandfather of restorative justice, an overview of the process and how to involve those who have a stake in a specific offense and how to identify and address harms, needs and obligations, in order to heal and put things as right as possible.
Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice
Courses: The Impact of Social Issues on Restorative Justice, Restorative Justice

The Little Book of Strategic Peacebuilding
by Lisa Schirch | More detail | Order from Amazon
Strategic Peacebuilding: Lisa Schirch covers strategies such as long-term planning, working at all levels of society, careful decision-making, and coordinating different actors and approaches to peacebuilding—the foundation for a just peace.
Course: Designing Peacebuilding Programs: From Conflict Assessment to Planning

The Little Book of Family Group Conferences
by Alan MacRae and Howard Zehr | More detail | Order from Amazon
A form of restorative justice based on the New Zealand model of decision-making processes related to child welfare, school discipline and criminal justice.
Course: Restorative Justice Practices

The Little Book of Biblical Justice: A Fresh Approach to the Bible’s Teaching on Justice
by Chris Marshall | Order from Amazon
Jesus and justice? A close examination of how the Bible has profoundly impacted Western culture, what biblical justice looks like, and what it means to strive for “what makes for peace.”

The Little Book of Circle Processes: A New/Old Approach to Peacemaking
by Kay Pranis | Order from Amazon
Humans have long gathered in circles, around fires or kitchen tables, and now Kay Pranis explains how circles can be used to address harms and tension—when crimes are committed in the neighborhood, in the classroom to create a positive environment and address behavior problems, in the workplace and in social services to develop more organic support systems.
Kay Pranis teaches a three-day course in circle processes each November. Contact us for additional information

The Little Book of Cool Tools for Hot Topics: Group Tools to Facilitate Meetings When Things Are Hot
by Ron Kraybill and Evelyn Wright | Order from Amazon
Practical exercises and activities to help people
hear each other, better understand, and make decisions the whole group can support.

The Little Book of Contemplative Photography
by Howard Zehr | Order from Amazon
How to practice mindfulness, with a camera. Especially for those who are so committed to their causes that they may forget to take time and notice the world around them.
Course: Contemplative Photography

The Little Book of Dialogue for Difficult Subjects: A Practical Hands-On Guide
by Lisa Schirch and David Campt | Order from Amazon
A transforming and freshly hopeful approach to handling tension-filled topics, using principles of dialogue. For conversations around the table, in the boardroom, or within the community.

The Little Book of Healthy Organizations: Tools for Understanding and Transforming Your Organization
by David Brubaker and Ruth Zimmerman | Order from Amazon
The best way to change the world may be one organization at a time. Find out how organizational change and conflict are not only inevitable, but survivable.
Course: Leadership for Healthy Organizations

The Little Book of Restorative Discipline for Schools: Teaching Responsibility; Creating Caring Climates
by Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz and Judy H. Mullet | Order from Amazon
Can an overworked teacher possibly turn an unruly incident with students in an opportunity for learning, growth, and community building? Yes, say the authors, who give practical guidance and examples.
CJP offers graduate certificate in restorative justice, and EMU’s MA in Education program offers a concentration in restorative justice, as well. Contact us for further information.

The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Colleges and Universities: Repairing Harm and Rebuilding Trust in Response to Student Misconduct
by David R. Karp | Order from Amazon
Three models of campus practice, considerations when starting a campus program and how to include restorative justice in a student conduct code.

The Little Book of Restorative Justice for People in Prison: Rebuilding the Web of Relationships
by Barb Toews | Order from Amazon
How people in prisons can live restorative justice principles and change prison culture as well as society.

The Little Book of Strategic Negotiation: Negotiating during Turbulent Times
by Jayne Seminare Docherty | Order from Amazon
Most books on negotiation assume that the negotiators are working in a stable setting. This one assumes a less ideal one: fragile or volatile settings, amidst change.

The Little Book of Trauma Healing
by Carolyn Yoder | Order from Amazon
An overview of invidual and collective trauma, common responses to trauma, and how to break the cycles of unhealed, unaddressed trauma. For everyone who works with trauma, whether the everyday variety, or with those affected by terrorism, tsunamis, current conflicts or historical wounds.
Trainings with Strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resilience

The Little Book of Victim Offender Conferencing: Bringing Victims and Offenders Together in Dialogue
by Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz | Order from Amazon
Victim-offender dialogues are a way to hold offenders accountable to the person harmed and to give victims a voice about how to put things right. Not to be confused with reconciliation, mediation or negotiation, victim-offender conferencing is a way to acknowledge harms that brings in the voices of those who have been victimized, including the broader community.
Course: Restorative Justice Practices

The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding series is a cooperative
effort between the Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice & Peacebuilding (Howard Zehr, Series General Editor) and publisher Good Books (Phyllis Pellman Good, Senior Editor).

Looking to further your professional or organizational mission? CJP offers practical skills for the field, the office, and life in general. Contact us for information about on-campus offerings or having CJP come to your organization.