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  • Series: Focus on the Family
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Focus on the Family (August 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589970063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589970069
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Attorney Ken Sande is president of Peacemaker Ministries. He regularly conciliates business, family, and church disputes and serves as a consultant to pastors and attorneys as they work to resolve conflicts outside the courtroom. Ken conducts seminars throughout the United States on biblical conflict resolution.

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The stories he uses to illustrate really help make the principles concrete.
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This is a great book that will aide in communication of all areas of family life.
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Great to reference book from time to time when issues come up for a refresher.
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Word for Word on May 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
The goal of this book is to awaken the reader's perspective of conflict as an opportunity to glorify God by seeking understanding and forgiveness. Ken Sande provides excellent life stories to illustrate the real struggles we face in relationships. He then seeks the Biblical answer to resolving the breakdown in those relationships. Each part ends with an "As You Grow" section that helps to bring the study into your own life.
Part 1 reviews the common responses to conflict using the slippery slope of Peacmakers. He then shows that conflict can arise out of idols that we have established in our lives including an excellent examen of conscience that reveals that sin of idolatry. He then reviews the basic goals and pattern for resolving conflict.
Part 2 explores the four vital aspects of a peacemaking marriage. Confession removes our old hackneyed and easy ways we confess "I'm sorry" and replaces it with a thorough and God pleasing confession. Confrontation walks through the most avoided but needed part of relationships. The section on listening is excellent. Wise words shows how cautious we need to be as healers. Forgiveness is the heart of this book for me. It points out that forgiving is not a feeling it is a choice and requires us to make for promises - not to dwell on it, not to use it against them, not to talk with others, not to allow it to be a barrier. The Young Peacemakers says it - Good thought, hurt you not, gossip never, friends forever. In fact in forgiveness we replace those negative and forgiven hurts with positive ones. Negotiation occurs when substantive issues needs to be worked out in a setting that is safe and seeks compromise and satisfaction between spouses.
Part 3 begins to apply the principles laid out in the book.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Paul D. Hamline on May 7, 2007
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I was very disappointed in this book. The first half of the book was almost a verbatim reproduction of The Peacemaker. The second half of the book is a repeat of the initial repeat in the first half of the book but directed at dealing with children. There is no new information simply a change in wording that says the samething Ken Sande said in the Peacemaker and also in the first half of this book. The only hope for this book were the last two chapters that dealt with when your marriage gets in trouble and steps to protect your marriage. Both chapters were very vague and not very helpful. The author did say it was not his purpose to deal with marriage. However, my question is if that was not his intention why did he include a whole chapter on it? My recommendation is buy The Peacemaker and you do not need to waste your money on this book. It promises much and delivers very little.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By happy wife on October 5, 2008
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I teach a Marriage and the Family class at a Bible college and I am planning on making this book required reading next year. I have already begun to implement the principles in my own marriage and it is truly transformational. My husband's biggest complaint is that I don't "listen" and I could never pinpoint what it was that gave him that impression. This book definitely clarified how to listen, and how to make a wise appeal (without coming across as challenging and opinionated). The stories he uses to illustrate really help make the principles concrete. Nobody ever gets formal instruction in regards to communication, confrontation, listening, and conflict resolution so people are just left to follow the "monkey see-monkey do" approach...hence the major dysfunction apparent everywhere. If everyone read this book and applied it, we'd have a totally different world. Best of all Christians could actually claim the promise of God's blessings upon themselves as peacemakers - for they shall be called the children of God (Matthew 5:9).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elisa's Mom on January 25, 2013
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I borrowed this book from the library, expecting it to be filled with practical applications of Ken Sande's original "The Peacemaker" resource. I was disappointed to see that it contains the key concepts from the original book, with lesser detail, and only brief applications to marriage and children. If what you are looking for is a synopsis of "The Peacemaker" specifically directed at the area of family conflict, then it is a good read. However, if you are looking to apply the conflict resolution methods more broadly, and desire a more in-depth explanation, then read the original. It goes into the concepts of conflict resolution (slippery slope, the 4 G's, 7 A's to confession, PAUSE) in greater detail and the reflection questions are thoughtful and pointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JMarr on January 11, 2011
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I originally bought this under the recommendation of a trusted mentor. This is a great book that will aide in communication of all areas of family life. I have also used this in my professional life as well. I in turn bought this for a close friend to encourage him and give valuable helps for the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dale Sailer on April 3, 2014
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This is a great resource for anyone living in a dysfunctional family , which is probably 99 percent of us. Everyone should know and understand the four A's of forgiveness.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl A. Fuller on March 28, 2014
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Really liked this book and the only reason I didn't give it an excellent rating is because I found it became a bit redundant toward the end. There is one excellent quote that has stayed with me for months that describes this book in a sentence...."God is eager to display the wonders of the Gospel in the midst of our marital and family conflicts so that He can reveal the Life-changing power of His Son, Jesus Christ." I have used that quote serval times, giving Ken Sande credit (!), but I omit 'marital and family' and add suffering to the conflict section of that phenomenal statement.
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