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Peacemaking Women: Biblical Hope for Resolving Conflict Paperback – July 1, 2005
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"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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Another surprise awaited me as I read deeper into the book - many of my conflicts came because I was worshipping other things and not God. The authors call this an "idolatrous heart". Oh, now that sounded scary to this Christian God-fearing women! Not me? Frown. Oh, yes, me! I found that there are times when I worship my image of God, but not God Himself. When my expectations of God did not measure up I started getting angry and depressed - conflict. Throught reading this book, I learned how to recognize the things that had become idols in my heart and find true peace by turning back to worshipping the Lord. I can't say that it's been easy along the way. I stumble and fall. And still do! I even find that since I've been reading this book that conflicts seem to be on the increase. The good news is is that my perspective towards conflict has changed. I see it as a "revealer" of what is truly in my heart and a time to set my heart to finding His peace in each situation that arises. They have included at the end of each chapter some questions and additional Scriptures to flesh out. If you are like me - stumbling along in your relationships with others - than you might want to take the time to read this book.Read more ›
There are many strengths to this book. It has two authors from different perspectives--a lawyer and a counselor. I'm sure it didn't make for an easy time in writing the book, but the outcome is probably much better than if either one individually had written it. Their open, vulnerable sharing throughout the book brings an honesty not often found in christian books. I found it quite refreshing. One of my serendipitous chapters was "Female Leaders with Powerful Personalities". I enjoyed reading that both from the perspective of someone with a strong personality AND from the perspective of a pastor's wife who has served in a variety of settings and seen more than one female leader who caused a lot of disruption in the church. I wish I had seen some of that information and perspective in writing long before now.
The heart of the book is dealing with God and who He is, our idolatrous hearts and biblical peacemaking (with one another). How it works out in suffering, romantic love, families, the Church,and dealing with personal shame, depression or fear. The book moves along pretty well without getting bogged down despite the heavy topics. The many personal illustrations, clear explanations, and different than usual ways of explaining some of the topics kept my attention well.
The final ingredient in the book that I found very helpful was the bibliography at the end of each chapter.Read more ›
God's senses of humor and irony are demonstrated as the authors confess the conflicts they faced while writing this book. Many will recognize this phenomenon that seems to happen whenever we start to teach on a certain topic. It seems that God allows us to experience the problem firsthand, which definitely lends authenticity to our work. Perhaps it is His gentle way of reminding us that He, not we, has all the answers.
In this case, the authors were able to demonstrate that the tools they were advocating really do work; that God's principles and truths are practical, useful and indispensable. Despite unrelenting pain and circumstances that threatened to scuttle the book and their friendship, God remained true. And, out of the ashes of their dead relationship, He brought new life. He created not only a better, stronger friendship but enhanced the lives of two individuals by filling them with love and grace based on the foundation of His love.
Tara Barthel and Judy Dabler describe how this incredible process begins with a peaceful relationship with God Himself. For many that will be a quantum leap that has never been taken. How does one presume to have a personal relationship with the awesome, omniscient Creator God?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an essential for living within -- and maintaining healthy relationships. Too many people want revenge and carry painful wounds for years - when it is so unnecessary -- as... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Alban Wall
Chapter 9 is really great advice for the Christian professional woman.Published 18 months ago by Judy M.
Have read and given this book to so many people. Highly recommend the tapes as well. Did this for a group study and it is the one that keeps coming up in discussion to do again.Published 19 months ago by L. Forman
Awesome book. lots of information to learn and grow and grace and love for the Lord and for our neighbors.Published 21 months ago by crisjoyc
excellent, speaks to many of the emotional conflicts Christian women face which we are too embarrassed to speak to others about. Read morePublished 22 months ago by TF
I read Peacemaking Women at a time when I desperately needed to; it seemed like I had 3 relationships that "suddenly" began revealing conflicts. Read morePublished on June 8, 2014 by aimeejay
Who doesn't have conflict to some degree?! No better way to resolve it, reconcile it, grow from it than thru Christ. Love the weaving of the Gospel throughout this book. Read morePublished on June 7, 2014 by Teresa H.