Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians
Published by: MennoMedia
Imprint: Herald Press
“Emotionally powerful and full of practical advice and resources.”—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians,by international mediator John Paul Lederach serves as a guidebook for Christians seeking a scriptural view of reconciliation and practical steps for transforming conflict.
Originally published as The Journey Toward Reconciliation and based on Lederach’s work in war zones on five continents, this revised and updated book tells dramatic stories of what works—and what doesn’t—in entrenched conflicts between individuals and groups. Lederach leads readers through stories of conflict and reconciliation in Scripture, using these stories as anchors for peacemaking strategies that Christians can put into practice in families and churches.
Lederach, who has written twenty-two books and whose work has been translated into more than twelve languages, also offers new lenses through which to view conflict, whether congregational conflicts or global terrorism. A new section of resources, created by mediation professionals, professors, and pastors, offers tools for understanding interpersonal, church, and global conflict, worship resources, books and websites for further study, and invitations to action in everyday life.
Free downloadable study guide available here.
<p>“A truly beautiful and profound book! A must-read for all Christians and all peace practitioners.”</p> ~Emmanuel Katongole, Reviews
<p>“Concise and readable, this is an essential resource by one of the church’s most experienced peacemakers.”</p> ~David Gushee, Reviews
<p>“John Paul Lederach calls each of us to peacemaking that is active, practical, and redemptive. He effectively demonstrates that reconciliation is not passive or optional in the life of believers.”</p> ~Dale Hanson Bourke, Reviews
<p>“A profoundly moving and inspiring book! John Paul Lederach’s call to dream boldly and to act with enthusiastic pragmatism merits being taken seriously by pastors, students, and practitioners in the field.”</p> ~Piet Meiring, Reviews
<p>“As more Christians become aware and engaged in global conflicts, it becomes easy to choose sides. This timely book by Lederach reminds us that our call is to transcend conflict and bring transformation and reconciliation to all those involved.”</p> ~Sami Awad, Reviews
<p>“Lederach waters the dream of reconciliation in our theological garden, compelling us to transform conflict as part of the Christian mission. With decades of experiments putting hands and feet on pacifist Christian theology, Lederach gives us a pragmatic guide for loving our enemies—at home and far away.”</p> ~Lisa Schirch, Reviews
<p>“In this deeply important and beautifully written book, John Paul Lederach offers a path to peace borne out of wisdom gained from years of experience both locally and globally. For those seeking reconciliation and peace among their families, churches, communities and, yes, countries, this is a must-read!”</p> ~Randy Newcomb, Reviews
<p>“With <i>Reconcile</i>, John Paul Lederach reminds Christians anew of what it means to be vulnerable and therefore practically Christian in a world full of conflict. If you believe that all Christians are foremost ambassadors of reconciliation—no matter their vocation or location—then this book will practically prepare you for the transformation that comes with a journey that is also the destination.”</p> ~Chris Seiple, Reviews
<p>“<i>Reconcile</i> equips its readers to deal with conflict within a solid biblical framework and with practical tools and skills. The additional material and list of readings from other skilled leaders only makes this book even more valuable. Highly recommended for anyone interested in approaching conflict and building reconciliation from a Christian point of view.”</p> ~Robert Schreiter, Reviews
<p>“[John Paul Lederach’s writing] was central to me and to many of my friends and students in the rediscovery of reconciliation as the mission of God and the calling of Christians.”</p> ~Tom Porter, Reviews
<p>In an update of <i>The Journey Toward Reconciliation</i> (1999), Lederach (<i>The Moral Imagination: Art and Soul of Building Peace</i>) uses biblical stories to demonstrate what reconciliation and peace building look like. Jacob, for example, made himself vulnerable in moving toward Esau, a brother he knew he had wronged. Jesus was an active listener who accepted people from all stations of life. Lederach reframes Matthew’s advice about treating an unrepentant Christian transgressor as a Gentile or tax collector to mean that we should eat with and associate with those with whom we are in conflict. Lederach uses his own experiences as a scholar and hands-on mediator who has participated in reconciliation efforts in Latin America and Africa to help readers understand how we can move toward—not away—from our enemies. When his own daughter’s life was threatened, Lederach came to realize the potential cost of reconciliation. Written in a simple style, his analysis is both emotionally powerful and full of practical advice and resources.</p> ~Reviews