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Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians Paperback – August 11, 2014
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~~"This book truly has the power to change the world. Extended family dispute? Read Reconcile. Neighborhood conflict? Read Reconcile. Church split? Read Reconcile. Countries at war? Honestly, if there were a way to lock up world leaders until they read Reconcile, the world would be a different place."…"Beware: though this book is biblically grounded and thoroughly practical, it is not safe. It will mess with your life." —Lynne and Bill Hybels, cofounders, Willow Creek Community Church, from foreword "A profoundly moving and inspiring book! John Paul Lederbach’s call to all involved in the ministry of reconciliation "to dream boldly and to act with enthusiastic pragmatism", providing us with the Biblical tools as well as practical guidelines stemming from years’ of experience, merits to be taken seriously by pastors, students, and especially by practitioners in the field. In our Southern African context - as well as in the rest of fractured and divided world – the book will be of great value."—Piet Meiring, emeritus professor of Theology at the University of Pretoria, served on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
About the Author
John Paul Lederach has worked in international reconciliation for more than thirty years. He has developed training in conflict transformation and provided direct mediation and support services for reconciliation efforts in some of the most violently conflicted regions across five continents. Lederach has consulted with the highest-level government officials and national opposition movements in war-torn settings like Nicaragua, Somalia, Northern Ireland, Colombia, Nepal, and the Philippines. As professor of international peacebuilding and director of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Lederach is the founding director of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia. He is the author of twenty-two books and manuals and numerous academic articles and monographs on peace education, conflict transformation, and mediation training. Lederach s books have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he is in international demand as a lecturer, consultant, and mediation trainer.
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His "three steps to making an enemy" is powerful because we all do it, knowingly or unknowingly. Step 1 is Separate yourself from the person, see only the differences and not the commonalities. 2. See yourself as superior, not like the other person. 3. Dehumanize the other person, and deprive them of the qualities that make them human. That's an Rx for the Nazi's extermination of the Jews, POW camps and 100 of other historic events. And it's our action every time we demonize a mass murderer or anyone else we don't like.
This is a small book, but do not let that lure you into thinking it won't challenge your thinking. We did a sermon series on Peace at our Presbyterian church and people admitted that they were challenged by the call to be peacemakers when everyone's natural reaction to things done to them is to hate or be angry. That is all too easy. And Lederbach, who has dedicated his life to the promotion of peace, knows what he is talking about. Heck, he helped with peace talks with the Sandanistas in Nicaragua and lived to tell about it!
arises in human relationships. Lederach's treatment of biblical texts shows good understanding. Interested in
being a better peacemaker, or just in being a better person? This book is for you.