Human(Kind): How Reclaiming Human Worth and Embracing Radical Kindness Will Bring Us Back Together - eBook
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Title: Human(Kind): How Reclaiming Human Worth and Embracing Radical Kindness Will Bring Us Back Together - eBook
By: Ashlee Eiland
Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: WaterBrook
Publication Date: 2020
ISBN: 9780525653448
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A talented storyteller and peacemaker asks: Can kindness kindle a revolution?

"Ashlee teaches by example how to live with courage and compassion, and I believe her perspective and voice will be deeply meaningful to so many people."—Shauna Niequist  

Long before polls, protests, and political issues divided us, we were joined by a humanness that God considered very good. Created in his image, we reflected the height and depth of God’s loving-kindness, but our discord has blinded us to the imago Dei in us all.

In this compelling collection of essays, Ashlee Eiland shares her story of being a black woman living on two sides of the fence: as the token black girl in majority-white spaces and as the "whitewashed" black girl in majority-black spaces. As she discovers her own unique worth through these recollections, Ashlee learns that extending radical kindness toward every person—regardless of social status, political views, or religious beliefs—gives us hope and rekindles our common humanity.

With grace and humility, Human(Kind) invites us to chart our own formative journeys and recognize our inherent value, cultivating empathy so we may once again see the image of God shining brightly within one another.

Author Bio

Ashlee Eiland serves as the formation and preaching pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church. She shares God's message of redemption and reconciliation at conferences, colleges, and events around the country. Ashlee earned a BA in international relations from the University of Southern California and completed her master's in organizational leadership at Judson University. She blogs regularly and has contributed articles to Relevant magazine. Ashlee and her husband, Delwin, have three children and live in Grand Rapids.

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"Eiland shares in her revealing and enthralling debut her journey as a black woman struggling to find her place. When around mostly white people, Eiland felt isolated, but she didn’t quite fit in in predominantly black communities, either, and her friends accused her of being black on the outside and white on the inside. Using this feeling of disconnection as an impetus for self-examination, Eiland considers how her experiences shaped her and illustrates through personal stories her discovery of self-worth, such as how she found a lifelong friendships through a predominately Asian Christian fellowship group. Likewise, she encourages readers practice "radical kindness" to themselves and toward others; "Kindness will be able to undo the damage we’ve done because it’s the secret weapon for detecting intrinsic worth found in every person." Drawing on experiences that capture "a gateway to humankindness," she expounds on themes such as sacrifice, honor, respect, acceptance, gratitude, rejection, commitment, and loss. She also provides questions for personal reflection at the end of each themed chapter. Though not targeted to a strictly religious audience, Eiland’s insightful take is informed by her faith. Readers looking to cultivate more empathy—toward others and toward themselves— will enjoy Eiland’s wise testament." —Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)

"Human(Kind) will change the way you engage with every single person from this point forward. Ashlee Eiland brilliantly uses stories and unpacks Scripture to guide you toward rediscovering the good and upholding the dignity of all. This book is a must-read!"—Steve Carter, pastor and author of This Invitational Life

"If we aspire to be kind—to recognize the inherent value in every human—how may our aspirations culminate in our attitudes, actions, and interactions in everyday life? Ashlee so beautifully offers us delicacies that feed this very desire, crafted from her experiences of everyday life that were anything but. This book is a feast she invites us to share, seasoned generously with thoughts to stimulate our understanding of one another, images to awaken our hearts, and wisdom to nourish our souls."—Carey and Toni Nieuwhof, Connexus Church

"Brené Brown said, ’Courage gives us a voice and compassion gives us an ear.’ And in Human(Kind), Ashlee teaches us the importance of both. Through her deeply personal stories and thoughtful reflections on the world she currently exists in and the brighter, more just future she is actively cocreating, Ashlee shows us the often messy but worthy way of redemption and reconciliation. I am so grateful for Ashlee as a teacher, sister, and leader."—Liz Forkin Bohannon, founder of Sseko Designs and author of Beginner’s Pluck

"In her tenderly written book, Ashlee draws on a range of personal experiences to explore how life fashions identity. She reflects on big themes, from the love of family to the brutality of racism and the search for belonging, and calls us to greater awareness of the stories and systems still shaping our lives and communities. Through her deeply personal words, Ashlee leads us toward a grace-filled vision of humanity in which we see the imago Dei in ourselves and one another and live it in the everyday. ’Human(Kind)’ indeed."—Jo Saxton, leadership coach and author of The Dream of You

"Through her beautiful gift of storytelling, Ashlee Eiland compels you to slow down, to breathe and take time, to enter into story after story, to probe into your own story, and, most important, to reflect on what it means to both believe and follow Christ."—Rev. Eugene Cho, founder of One Day’s Wages and author of Thou Shalt Not Be a Jerk

"Human(Kind) is proof that God wants to use every part of our wild and precious lives to transform us and influence others. With a knack for storytelling and a passion for kindness, Ashlee authentically and vulnerably invites us to explore the good, the difficult, and the seemingly mundane moments of our lives for God’s purposes and the good of humankind."—Megan Fate Marshman, author of SelfLess and coauthor of 7 Family Ministry Essentials

"In an era of increasing isolation, Ashlee offers a beautiful gift: the opportunity to see the world through her eyes. With vivid storytelling, uncommon wisdom, and breathtaking empathy, she helps us notice daily invitations into a kinder and braver way of being human. Powerful and deeply needed."—Aaron Niequist, author of The Eternal Current

"Ashlee is an elegant and intelligent writer, an eloquent and passionate communicator, and a brave and kind voice in our community. Ashlee teaches by example how to live with courage and compassion, and I believe her perspective and voice will be deeply meaningful to so many people."—Shauna Niequist, New York Times bestselling author of Present Over Perfect and Bread & Wine

"Ashlee Eiland is an incredible teacher and writer. With a distinct voice filled with depth and grace, she inspires and challenges people of all races and backgrounds to take one more step toward humankindness."—Austin Channing Brown, speaker and bestselling author of I’m Still Here

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