Jimmy Carter is putting the finishing touches to his next book, A Call To Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, which focus on women's rights and will be published on March 25.
On Tuesday, publisher Simon & Schuster confirmed that the 39th President of the United States' latest work will be a staunch defence of the subject, and it will also attack those who use religion to deny women's equality.
They have revealed that Carter will use his personal observations and the wealth of experience he has from his travels around the world to influence his book. In it he condemns the abuse of women and girls he witnessed first hand as well as the distortion of religious texts that are then mentioned as justification for these acts.
Carter has shown in the past that he is a dab hand at writing, and the 89-year-old has written 21 books since he was voted out of office in 1981.
Carter wrote a controversial piece on the Middle East, entitled, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, in 2007. He had lofty ambitions for his effort, and during a speech at Brandeis University, he admitted:
"I have spent a great deal of my adult life trying to bring peace to Israel and its neighbors, based on justice and righteousness for the Palestinians. These are the underlying purposes of my new book."He went on to add for an Op-Ed piece for the Los Angeles Times, called, Speaking Frankly about Israel and Palestine:
The ultimate purpose of my book is to present facts about the Middle East that are largely unknown in America, to precipitate discussion and to help restart peace talks (now absent for six years) that can lead to permanent peace for Israel and its neighbors.He began his career as an author back in 1975 with Why Not the Best? This was then followed by A Government as Good as its People, Keeping Faith: Memoirs of a President, Negotiation: The Alternative to Hostility, The Blood Of Abraham: Insights Into The Middle East, as well as his most recent novels, Beyond the White House, We Can Have Peace In The Holy Land: A Plan That Will Work, White House Diary and 2012's NIV Lessons from Life Bible: Personal Reflections with Jimmy Carter
Another hope is that Jews and other Americans who share this same goal might be motivated to express their views, even publicly, and perhaps in concert. I would be glad to help with that effort.