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MarilynAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Peacemakers and Peace-destroyersApril 4, 2019MarilynAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As an avid reader, I enjoy spending time in bookstores or perusing books online. When a title intrigues me, I stop to find out more about the book. Culture of Peace is such a book. If asked to describe the U.S. or world culture or life in our homes and churches, most of us would not use the adjective "peaceful." I wanted to know what the authors had to say about developing or sustaining a peaceful life.
The authors of this book Ken Sande, Gary Friesen, David Edling, and Alfred Poirier have endeavored to help the readers begin to restore peace to their homes, schools, churches, and workplaces. The four sections of the 105-page book Biblical Peacemaking, God's Search and Rescue Plan, Words that Cut, and Judging Others offer stories, real-life examples, and Biblical teachings to help the reader cope with life's conflicts. Each part of the book covers the wounded as well as the offender.
From Cain's jealousy of Abel to workplace conflicts, the authors suggest ways to (1) glorify God, (2) remove the logs in our own eyes, (3) restore broken relationships, and (4) reconcile with those we have hurt or those who have hurt us. The writers help the reader to understand how being wounded in one conflict may cause a person to be the offender in another. The "7 A's of Confession" offers the steps to be taken to acknowledge our part in conflicts. Forgiveness and its role in both sides of a conflict are covered in detail without offering hackneyed answers.
The section on church discipline shows loving ways to mend relationships without being harsh. At the end of this chapter, there is a short bibliography of other sources for churches.
Criticism hurts. Causes of a critical spirit are explained as well as responses to criticism. "Implications for Responding to Criticism" is one of the most thought-provoking sections. The ideas presented here are one of the reasons I gave this well-written book 5 stars.
The title of the last section speaks for itself: "Judging Others: The Dangers of Playing God." Both real life and Biblical examples abound here. The Bible's teaching about judging is discussed in detail. If you would like to see what judgments you should avoid and what judgments are necessary for our lives, the answers are here. "God is Eager to Help Us Change" gives hope to those who need to improve in this area of their lives.
I see this book as a springboard to further study and discussion. Each of us can find the wisdom to help us grow in our Christian life. My copy already has many parts highlighted. Hendrickson Publishers gave me this book, but I was not influenced to give a positive review. My thoughts are my own.
Ruth4 Stars Out Of 5Culture of PeaceJuly 21, 2018RuthQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This book is rather like a "Handbook to Peace". It is only 100 pages long, and smaller than your average book---I'd guess 6'' x 4''. Each of the four chapters are written by a different person. They discuss: Building Real Relationships; Church Discipline; How to Take Criticism; and Charitable Judgment. The chapters are short and to the point, and filled with wisdom to take to heart.
The two chapters that stuck out to me the most are the last two on Criticism and Judging. Criticism is really hard to take, but here we can see how to let it be for good; how to accept and even rejoice in it and not let it take us down. And Judging is something everyone has done. This book shows some of the ways we do it constantly and detrimentally to us and the other person. But especially, how it is wrong and to avoid it.
I received a copy of this book from HENDRICKSON PUBLISHERS and was not required to write a positive review.
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