- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Baker Books (April 4, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801018439
- ISBN-13: 978-0801018435
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Our world needs fewer walls and more bridges. Be a bridge builder.
Jesus didn't say the world would know we are his followers by our rhetoric, our political leanings, our charity work, or even by our knowledge of Scripture. He said the world would know us by our love for one another. Yet it's so easy to put others at arm's length, to lash out, to put up walls.
In One, Deidra Riggs calls us to put our focus on self-preservation aside and, like Jesus, make the first move toward reconciliation. She helps us understand that we are secure in God's inexhaustible love, making us free to love others lavishly--not just in what we do but in what we say, what we don't say, what we will endure, and what we will forgive.
"This book will challenge, excite, transform, and inspire everyone who dreams of an end to division and polarization--in the Church, in our communities, in the workplace, in our homes, and in our very own souls."--John Perkins, cofounder, Christian Community Development Association; founder, John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation, Justice, and Christian Community Development; author of Dream with Me
"If you're searching for tools to help you rebuild unity in today's divided world, learn from Deidra. She's a wise, humble, and hope-filled guide."--Jo Saxton, speaker and author; board chair of 3D Movements
"One brings hope and healing to a divided and broken people. I highly recommend it to those seeking to understand the first and next steps toward racial unity."--Tasha Morrison, founder of Be the Bridge
Deidra Riggs is a national speaker, author, and blogger. As founder of JumpingTandem, Deidra leads an online community offering inspiration, encouragement, and a safe place to practice grace. She is a regular contributor to Dayspring's (in)courage online community. She has been a speaker for TEDx and IF:Gathering and has organized her own women's retreat. She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, with her husband, Harry, and their dog, Santana. Connect with Deidra at DeidraRiggs.com.
About the Author
Deidra Riggs is the author of Every Little Thing, as well as an influential blogger at her own blog, JumpingTandem, and at DaySpring's (in)courage, and has served as managing editor for TheHighCalling.org. She has been a speaker for TEDx and IF:Gathering and has organized her own women's retreat, hosting speakers like Lisa-Jo Baker, Holley Gerth, Amena Brown, and many more. She and her husband have two adult children and live in Lincoln, Nebraska. Learn more at www.DeidraRiggs.com.
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In “One,” Riggs is talking to and with the church. Using both Scripture and personal anecdotes, she addresses the deep divisions, the lashing out at each other, the intense political arguments – all that stuff on my Facebook newsfeed. What she says is that we are supposed to be known by our love – not by wearing “Make American Great Again” baseball caps or how many “#Resist Trump” groups we join. Sadly, that is not what’s been happening.
“Our identity is who God sees when he looks at us,” she writes, “and God is not a politician.”
What are the things that divide us? Attitude. Perception. Race. Income. How we understand evil and injustice. Fear. Politics (always politics). Culture. History. We put God into boxes of our own making, without realizing that God is always bigger than those boxes. Far bigger.
Of all the divisions that exist between Christians, race is likely the most stubbornly resistant, and by a wide margin. We still worship largely as white churches and black churches, Riggs says, and the situation hasn’t changed much in the last 50 years. There’s a lot of history to be overcome. That division is a loss to all of us. We are all made in God’s image, she points out, and God doesn’t make mistakes.
Riggs devotes a chapter to discussing the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, a black teenager shot by a white policeman. Two competing narratives emerged out of that death, one considering Michael Brown as victim and one considering Brown as thug. Riggs went to Ferguson in the days after the shooting, and was profoundly affected by what she found there.
I expected to be challenged and jarred when I read One. And I was. She quotes groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center that raise my hackles. But perhaps that is the point – perhaps some issues require groups to be out on the edge to gain attention and for the issue to be taken seriously. Sometimes you need people in your face to understand that there really is a problem here.
Riggs is a writer and speaker. She's previously published “Every Little Thing: Making a World of Difference Right Where You Are.” She's spoken at Tedx conferences and women's retreats, and is the founder and host of the One Conference. She and her family live in Lincoln, Nebraska.
“One” is well worth reading and digesting. It provides insights into some of the thorniest problems faced by the American church. It points to possible solutions. You don’t have to agree with everything it says, and you probably won’t. But you will see the value it offers. Deidra Riggs and I might disagree in a number of areas, but we have the important ones – and the important one – in common. And she is well worth listening to.
Following in my previous vein of letting the book speak for itself, I shall put forth a few of the things that stood out to me. And they are:
"There is no division between secular work and holy work for the children of God. Everything we do is sacred--because it all matters to God. The Israelites knew this and, as such, they approachd the instruction of life in the faith as more than the passing on of information from one generation to the next. Their relationship with God was their identity. The same is true for us today." This made me stop and think. Just as we ought to understand that God sees everything we do, we need to understand that everything we do is to God's glory, not ours.
"Before and above everything else, we are loved by God. All of us. Even those who don't claim to be, as well as those who don't believe they are. We are all loved by God, created in His image." You've probably heard "Just because you don't believe in God doesn't mean He's not real." This is the same. "Just because you don't want to be or think you are loved by God doesn't mean you're not---because you are. God loves everyone, even the worst of sinners. Yes, He doesn't like their deeds, but He does love them.
"God enters our wilderness experiences. He walks through the valley of the shadow of death right along with us. God is our ever-present help in trouble." I tend to use God as my way out of trouble, but He is there to help us in trouble. There is a verse that says trouble and trials come to strengthen us, to bring us to God. Why do we wish away struggles when they are in fact a means of drawing to God? Are we too concerned with our own selves?
I enjoyed reading this book. Deidra also pointed out that her goal is for unity, not uniformity. That is, I believe, key to the whole thing. Each person is different and special, and there will be differences between us. We don't all need to be replicas of each other, but rather, united in love with each other, supporting and assisting and calling out to each other. We are definately here to serve, glorify, and witness for God, but we are also here to help our fellow believers do the same.
I received a copy of this book from BAKER BOOKS per their blogger program. I was not required to write a positive or otherwise review.
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