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Our new books are here! A Peace of My Mind: American Stories is the result of photographer John Noltner’s 40,000 mile journey across our country, asking the simple question, “What does peace mean to you?”

58 people from diverse backgrounds share stories of hope, redemption, and forgiveness, paired with compelling color portraits in this 144-page, full color book with a foreword by Terri Lee Freeman, president of the National Civil Rights Museum.

“This work will tug at your heart and your sense of humanity. It’s difficult to digest this work and remain indifferent.” – Terri Lee Freeman 


Our original book is in its third printing. In 2012 the book was awarded first place in the Midwest Book Awards, and a silver IPPY from the Independent Publishers Association.

 The stories in this 120-page soft-cover book are drawn from the podcast interviews for A Peace of My Mind. Each person in the collection is showcased with a beautifully reproduced, full-page black and white portrait. On the facing page, a brief biography and a 250-word passage from their interview reveals the thoughts and insights of each individual.

The book is integrated with online content so that if a story intrigues a reader, they can go to the original podcast on to hear a more in depth conversation with each subject.

Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mohatma Gandhi and active in resisting South Africa’s Apartheid, wrote the foreword for the book. An artist statement by photographer, author, and project founder John Noltner is included as well.

Well-suited for book clubs and classrooms, A Peace of My Mind includes a series of simple discussion questions in the back of the book designed to foster dialogue among small groups. Many of the questions included are the same ones used to conduct the interviews presented in the book.

A resource guide is also incorporated into the final pages of the book, giving readers access to many local and national organizations that work, in diverse ways, toward greater peace in the world.

Single copies of the book are available here. Discounts for multiple copies and wholesale orders for retail outlets can be arranged directly with the author through our contact page.

“John Noltner takes us on a unique journey filled with revelations of courage and commitment, resilience and hope. It is a beautiful journey that speaks to our innermost being. It touches us in a way that allows us to see the world from a different perspective. Perhaps it will inspire us to become peacemakers.” —Ela Gandhi (from the book’s foreword)

“Honest humanity comes shining through on every page, with every word and photo. I have no doubt that this book will serve as a wonderful trailhead for those seeking to find and walk the path of Peace.” – Gary Bergstrom