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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (828 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leymah Gbowee Narrator: Kimberly Scot Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Leymah Gbowee was one of three women to receive the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

As a young woman growing up in Africa, seventeen-year-old Leymah Gbowee was crushed by a savage war when violence reached her native Monrovia, depriving her of the education she yearned for and claiming the lives of relatives and friends. As war continued to ravage Liberia, Gbowee’s bitterness turned to rage-fueled action as she realized that women bear the greatest burden in prolonged conflicts. Passionate and charismatic, Gbowee was instrumental in galvanizing hundreds, if not thousands of women in Liberia in 2002 to force a peace in the region after twelve years of war. She began organizing Christian and Muslim women to demonstrate together, founding Liberian Mass Action for Peace, launching protests and even a sex strike.

Gbowee’s memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers, chronicles the unthinkable violence she’s faced throughout her life and the peace she has helped broker by empowering hundreds of her countrywomen and others around the world to take action and takes listeners along on her continuing journey as she harnesses the power of women to bring her country peace, saves herself, and changes history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Leymah bore witness to the worst of humanity and helped bring Liberia out of the dark. Her memoir is a captivating narrative that will stand in history as testament to the power of women, faith, and the spirit of our great country.”

    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia

  • “So many memoirs focus on the story of a single person who inspires us all with her story and language, but Mighty Be Our Powers is a different, larger, more universal kind of book that tells the story of both Leymah and an entire generation of girls-turned-women-turned-world leaders. Read it—and be inspired.”


  • “One of the most inspirational and powerful books I’ve ever read. The story of one woman’s struggle against the worst and what she can teach all of us about finding the courage and strength to change the world.”

    Sheryl Sandberg, COO Facebook

  •  “A beautifully written narrative.”

    Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women

  • “An engrossing, fluently written story that anyone who cares about changing the world has to read.”

    Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III Pastor, the Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York

  • Mighty Be Our Powers reminds us that even in the worst of times, humanity’s best can shine through.”

    Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 1984

  • “If you are looking for hope among the many news stories of conflict and violence, you will find it here.”

    Christian Century

  • “Kimberly Scott’s narration is steady, purposeful, and confident—attributes that keep sadness at bay while listening to this story of the war in Liberia that disrupted author Leymah Gbowee’s life when she was a teen.”


  • “With commanding charity, Gbowee celebrates Liberia’s eight years of peace and continues teaching young women about the power of activism. A patriotic chronicle reverberant with valor and perseverance.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A Library Journal Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by John Van Fossen | 2/7/2014

    " Best book I've read in a long time. Didn't get to finish it but got about 2/3 done. Really makes you appreciate living in the US. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marybeth | 2/4/2014

    " Although difficult to read at times because of the extreme circumstances, this was a really fascinating personal account of a woman's struggle to survive during the conflicts in Liberia. I first read it based on a short summary in Newsweek and it was even better than I expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bethany Zimp | 1/31/2014

    " It was okay, but not at all what I thought it was about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ty | 1/18/2014

    " I probably would have liked this better if I hadn't already seen the documentary. PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL has a more badass title and I think tells the story a little better so just watch that. "

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About the Author

Leymah Gbowee is one of three women awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. A Liberian peace and women’s rights activist, she is the Africa columnist for the Daily Beast. As war ravaged Liberia, Gbowee organized Christian and Muslim women to demonstrate together, founding Liberian Mass Action for Peace and launching protests and a sex strike. Her part in helping to oust Charles Taylor was featured in the documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell. She is a single mother of six, including one adopted daughter, and is based in Accra, Ghana, where she is the executive director of the Women, Peace, and Security Network–Africa. She has spoken publicly numerous times on the issue of women in conflict situations and was a panelist at several regional and international conferences. In October 2007, the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government honored her with the Blue Ribbon Peace Award. This annual award is given to individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution to peace building through innovative strategies that promote women’s leadership in peace processes on the local, national, or international level.

About the Narrator

Kimberly Scott, a Texas-born actress, earned a post-graduate degree from the Yale School of Drama. Her film credits include The Abyss, Flatliners, Batman Forever, I Am Sam, and more. She was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for August Wilson's Joe Turner's Come and Gone and has also appeared in two shows at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.