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47% of adults say that they are less comfortable with violence than 10 years ago. In this FRAMES, the authors take a look at some very surprising research as it relates to American culture, violence, and Jesus. The first author takes a good hard look at what violence actually is (“force that hurts, damages”), how we each have a responsibility to own the violence problem (wowza, this part was good), and then explores the two myths of violence. He also provides a suggestion of overcoming violence, and (spoiler alert) it starts with us. According to the author, we have 3 options as to how to respond to violence in the world (p. 49):
We can enjoy it, maybe even perpetrate it, letting it feed the myths of a world without God and a God without a cross and cultivating hard-heartedness at the suffering of others. We can turn away from it, trying to carve out a censored, perfectly safe life- ignoring the violence done on our behalf, or the subtle ways we’re complicit in it. We can let our hearts be broken, over and over again, wherever we find the world breaking people. Those options might sound like our decision is a no-brainer. But when we are faced with real-life opportunities to choose a response, I think many of us may not realize what choice we’re actually making.
The second author, Carol Howard Merritt, tackles the tough topics of war, drones, gangs, segregation, guns, and domestic violence. She provides ways that we as Christ-followers can respond to these issues of violence in helpful, restorative ways. She leaves us with the idea of pursuing shalom, because we will never be able to fight for peace in our culture and our world until we fight for peace within ourselves (p. 77).Read more ›
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FRAMES- Barna Group a series of books that provide an in-depth study of Christian philosophy, I chose “FIGHTING FOR PEACE” as a book to review, currently there are a bout 10 topics to choose from. I don’t know what I expected when I looked at the title FIGHTING FOR PEACE by Carol Howard Merrit and Tyler Wigg-Stevenson and quite frankly after reading the book I am not sure how I would classify it. FIGHTING FOR PEACE is a mini-reference book on the concept of peace in the world today and the responses of believers. Such statistical data as American opinions regarding guns broken down by faith contrasted with a discussion on “Would Jesus Really Turn the Other Cheek?” (pages 26-28) add relevance to Upon completion of this book the reader will have developed a better understanding of what he or she believes as well as why he or she believes it. Though Christian based do not expect to see Bible verses. When introducing the concept behind the series FRAMES the introduction uses the analogy of a eyeglasses, each book assist the believer in seeing the teachings of the Bible clearer. FIGHTING FOR PEACE gives understanding to the various ways violence has infiltrated the lives of believers and how to be proactive in restoring peace one person at a time. I recommend this book because it is a necessary read. I would suggest it be used not only for personal growth and development but Small Group Bible studies as well.
I received a complimentary copy of in exchange for an honest and fair review.
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