Christians are called to be peacemakers. As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary, Grove Books has published a booklet by Elfrida Calvocoressi, wife of CHIPS’ founder, Roy Calvocoressi, OBE.

In describing CHIPS’ peacemaking methodology, Elfrida explores the delicate balance between biblical truth and practical application. This booklet introduces the central elements of peacemaking, as exemplified by Jesus in the New Testament. Drawing on her own experience alongside Roy in his life and work, she demonstrates that biblical principles, spirituality and their practical application are inseparable.

Elfrida shows how, through a long and thoughtful process studying the New Testament, Roy progressed from life as a barrister to founding CHIPS, initiating worldwide peacemaking projects at a grass-roots level.

Three core themes - love, identification and bearing enmity - are unpacked and made real, using the experience of CHIPS’ teams who seek to bring about peace through basic development projects.

“I found myself really moved; the power of ‘agape’ love which is so strongly shown both through Roy in person and CHIPS in community. What a lot there is to learn from the simple and straightforward reading of scripture followed by costly obedience in putting it into practice!  Drawing out the scriptural message and then illustrating it with such powerful examples makes this booklet not just compelling reading but also convincing testimony!”  (Andrew Wigram, Former Provost of Nairobi Cathedral.)

“The mix of personal testimony, life story and lived out experience is tear-jerkingly vivid.  Also the stories of the projects woven together with the teaching is…thoroughly readable and clearly integrated.”  (John Kirwan)

A Spirituality of Peacemaking is a detailed study that offers insight and advice both for those working in the field of Christian peacemaking as well as for everyday life - and provides a fascinating glimpse into a life of peacemaking and mission.

If you would like to hear more about this book, or to purchase your copy for £4, please do get in contact by email at office@chipspeace.org or by phone on 0207 078 7439, and we would be delighted to help.