CHICAGO/TORONTO: CPT launches hostage crisis book, _118 Days_; Order before 5 June for reduced price

31 May 2008
CHICAGO/TORONTO: CPT launches book 118 Days: Christian Peacemaker Teams held hostage in Iraq; Order before 5 June for reduced price

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) has announced the 5 June 2008 release of 118 Days: Christian Peacemaker Teams held hostage in Iraq, a book about the hostage crisis endured by the organization and its team members in Iraq, beginning in November 2005. Editor Tricia Gates Brown has compiled chapters written by members of CPT and CPT sympathizers actively involved with securing the release of Harmeet Singh Sooden, Jim Loney, Tom Fox, and Norman Kember, as well as by family, friends, and others whom the crisis profoundly affected.

"These honest and sobering reflections help all of us committed to the work of peace better understand the world in which we live. I hope this book will be widely read," writes theologian Stanley Hauerwas.

The book contains first-hand accounts of what led the four men to Baghdad, where their paths crossed with armed militants who did not understand their mission. It also provides insight into the daily lives of CPT delegations and teams, who risk all on their path to peace. The chapters weave a story of hope, friendship, fear, courage, and forgiveness, describing the daily sacrifices of the four hostages. In particular, readers will understand better the rich, textured life of Tom Fox, a CPTer who found a new calling late in life, leaving behind his careers in music and organic grocery retail to die in the streets of Baghdad. His bullet-ridden body was found two weeks before his colleagues were freed from captivity.

"God created us to form the human family. The Christian Peacemakers went to Iraq to help build that family. They went to work with their sisters and brothers for justice and peace. They are an example for Christians everywhere in their commitment to the Lord's ministry of reconciliation," Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote after reading 118 Days.

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Those who donate $13 U.S. to CPT via Paypal or Credit card before the official launch on 5 June 2008 will receive a copy of 118 Days. Go to and click on the "Donate" button. Retail price on Amazon after the launch will be $17.99 (not including shipping and handling) and $15 on the CPT order page.

People wishing to help CPT distribute the book may find tips for doing so and easy-to-print fliers at

For other information about the book, including cover material and excerpts, see

CPT deploys teams to advocate for peace in conflict zones around the world, including Colombia, Palestine, Iraq, and Indigenous communities in North America.

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Contact: Tim Nafziger:, 773-277-0253, or cell 312-505-7461

Interviews with chapter authors can be obtained in advance of the 5 June publication date. For more information, please contact Tim Nafziger,, 773-277-0253, or cell 312-505-7461.