Peaceful Places in Indianapolis and Surrounding Counties: A Pocket Guide for Seekers By Sue Alexander Serenity Press; $12 This book by local peace activist and spiritual healer Sue Alexander is the antidote to driving past Christel DeHaan’s Great Wall of Michigan Road or the big box stores, both full and empty, surrounding I-465. Alexander does more than tell us there are places of beauty and serenity in and around Indianapolis, she shows us a dozen and a half such havens and encourages us to discover them on our own. Organized in the form of a travel guide, Peaceful Places includes photos by Bob Morrow and illustrations by Susan McKenna and Kathleen Leuck, detailed directions and space for self-reflecting notes. Brevity is truly a virtue, and this slim book (checking in at just 78 pages) gives us just enough information to encourage our own visit. Alexander describes places like the Carmelite Monastery and the Open Heart Garden to the west, Garfield Park to the south and Cordiafonte to the east. Most of the locations are free, and all are open to the public. No gated communities and not-in-my- backyard debates here, as we are invited to local places where we are all welcome to sit and enjoy.