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Peacemaking Women: Biblical Hope for Resolving Conflict Paperback – July 1, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
As professional Christian conciliators, Barthel and Dabler have seen individuals struggle with addiction, friendship and sexual sin; they've seen churches on the verge of schism, looming lawsuits and businesses gone awry. Now they apply principles of reconciliation and peace specifically to women because "many Christian women today are not at peace." They urge women to become "true peacemakers through repentance, faith, and rightful worship of God alone." Readers will find information on resolving conflicts with God first, then others, then themselves. The authors address the areas of marriage, family and the church, as well as conflicts arising from idolatry, suffering, shame, depression and fear. They use the Bible as the authority on resolving conflict, offering broad biblical concepts in place of how-to lists and step-by-step instruction. Each chapter includes questions for reflection and a resource list, and real-life examples appear throughout, including the authors' own conflicts in writing the book. It is, however, a long-winded, back-door approach to the subject that seems to struggle with what it really is: a book about conflict resolution or a book about taking that resolution one step further to become proactive, peace-making women. There is plenty of good information about conflict, and a sound biblical foundation, but not enough specifics on how women can live in peace day by day.
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"If I could put one book in the hands of every Christian woman, with the Bible, it would be this." -- Dr. Laura Mae Gardner, Past Vice-President, Wycliffe International
"Peacemaking Women isnt just another book on communication or conflict resolution. I strongly recommend it!" -- Elyse Fitzpatrick, Author and Speaker
"This book tells the truth. The authors offer hope rooted in God's Word to transform conflict into grace." -- Charles W. Colson, Prison Fellowship
"This compelling book by two wise Christian mediators is a tour de force in offering a pathway for rebuilding relationships." -- Dan B. Allender, President, Mars Hill Graduate School Author, The Wounded Heart and To Be Told
"This powerfully honest book applies the truths of the Gospel to past wounds and present brokenness." -- Bryan Chapell, Covenant Seminary
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Peacemaking Women is divided into helpful sections (Conflicts with God, Conflicts with Others, Conflict Within) and meaty chapters. The authors include helpful resources and questions for further thought at the end of each chapter. I've used this book in a small group study, and it works well that way. It offers helpful information and encouragement for married women, single women, older women, young women, mature believers, and new believers.