In the Line of Fire: Raising Kids in a Violent World By Jan Arnow

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In the Line of Fire: Here’s How To Stop Violence At Every Turn

Louisville, KY, April 27, 2015 – Living in a peaceful world, free from hatred, bigotry, bullying and violence may seem like an impossible journey.  Violence surrounds us and overwhelmingly dominates our lives through crime-based TV shows, video games, and social media – not to mention our daily news feeds which include hate crimes, bullying, school shootings and domestic violence.  According to Jan Arnow, author of In the Line of Fire: Raising Kids in a Violent World, none of these examples of violence stands alone – they are all connected along a continuum of violence.  In this accessible book, Arnow makes the connections that have been widely ignored.  She says, we can stop the violence, and she shows us how to collectively achieve this with more than 400 actionable tips.

The statistics reveal a shocking truth. Every day in the United States:

Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to be an abuser as an adult
Seven children or teenagers are killed by firearms
187 children are arrested for violent crimes
1,837 children are identified as abused or neglected, and
2,857 high school students drop out.

“As a result of receiving poor social mentorship and not knowing how to resolve conflicts, there are more than 61,000 youth residing in juvenile detention centers or correctional facilities throughout the US,” says Arnow. “Abusive behaviors often initiate at home, and children who are abused become the abusers.”

No stranger to violence herself, Arnow knows personally the horrors of growing up in an abusive household.  For the first time, she reveals the driving force that landed her on her lifelong path to create peace for future generations.  This heavily researched book provides a balance of case studies, true stories and actionable tips, and is a perfect resource for parents, teachers, counselors, law enforcement and clergymen.

About the Author

Jan Arnow is the founder and executive director of Innovations in Peacemaking International, and is an internationally recognized lecturer and authority on multicultural education, violence abatement, prejudice reduction, creativity, and leadership. She is a highly respected and award-winning author of nine books and scores of articles for a variety of national magazines. She is currently working on a teacher’s and community guide to In the Line of Fire: Raising Kids in a Violent World, and a new peace curriculum for schools, houses of worship, and neighborhood centers. She also travels to carry her violence abatement strategies to communities throughout the world.

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In the Line of Fire: Raising Kids in a Violent World
By Jan Arnow
Publisher:  Butler Books
ISBN 978-1-935497-96-7
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Maryum “May May” Ali, Peace Activist, Gang Prevention Specialist, and Daughter of Muhammad Ali: “Jan Arnow’s book, In the Line of Fire: Raising Kids in a Violent World, is a comprehensive plan of action for creating environments that will enhance the emotional, social, and physical well-being of children. … She thoroughly identifies the dynamics of problems that youth face and shares proven strategies and resources. This book is filled with best practices that will have long-term, positive effects on children. The broad scope of information it covers provides the knowledge base needed to create healthier environments for our youth and help equip them with the social skills and protective factors necessary to thrive well into adulthood.”

Baraka Paulette Uwingeneye, Psychologist and Counselor, International Justice Mission, Kigali, Rwanda: “Jan Arnow is a peace voice that is worth listening to. With her international experience in the violent world, expect to be challenged, inspired, and equipped by this book.”

Tom Hanley, Assistant Director, Business Development, and Principal Education Specialist, Eastern Stream Center on Resources and Training, Oneonta, NY: “Jan Arnow’s books, like Jan herself, are based in reality. Her take on any situation is always practical with an eye toward personal action. Your kids are going to grow up in a violent world, but with Jan’s help, you can help them navigate a safer course to a more peaceful and happy life.”

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