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The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict (original 1991; edition 2004)

by Ken Sande

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Title:The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict
Authors:Ken Sande
Info:Baker Books (2004), Edition: 3, Paperback, 320 pages
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The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict by Ken Sande (1991)


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This is an excellent resource both on dealing with your own contributions to conflicts in your life and in helping counsel others through theirs. The book's organisation fits the principles it espouses: you must always remove the log from your own eye first, and thus the volume starts by helping readers recognise different responses to conflict and to see how to transform their responses along Biblical lines. Notice that I use the words "responses to conflict;" this is not a pie-in-the-sky idealist manifesto about how Christians should never be involved in conflict, but rather a recognition of the fact that as sinners, we inevitably will, but that it is what we do afterwards that can turn a conflict into a moment of grace. After a good deal of focus on our own role in peacemaking, the book then addresses the difficult topics of how to gently and lovingly point out patterns of behaviour that are separating others from Christ and how to restore them to fellowship with Jesus--or, in cases of persistent rebellion, how to respond if they won't relent.

This work is seasoned with a great deal of wisdom on relating to both Christians and non-Christians, and how the two can sometimes differ. The balance of jurisdiction between the church and state is also explored, though some very important things about responding to physical and sexual abuse were said in end notes that I really wish had been brought up in the main text instead. The book is full of great mnemonic devices that can help guide you through a conflict resolution, and these are helpfully summarised in a checklist format in the first appendix. Though church leaders might be tempted to distribute this list as a useful tool, I would highly suggest that it not be divorced from the heart-work that comes as a result of reading the rest of the book. This is a fascinating text about a vital area of ministry that impacts every one of our lives, though we rarely like to do the hard work of thinking about our sin in this much depth. ( )
  quaintlittlehead | Jul 29, 2015 |
Very thorough and practical. A lot of information, a lot of Scripture and well worth the time to read. Excellent resource book. ( )
  judyg54 | Jun 12, 2015 |
Author Ken Sande is the founder of Peacemaker Ministries which was founded in 1982 by a group of pastors, lawyers, and business people who wanted to encourage and assist Christians to respond to conflict biblically. The book discusses conflict resolution principles that God has given through Scripture.

'Conflict always provides an opportunity to glorify God...'

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  DLUC | May 12, 2009 |
A must-read book for anyone interested in negotiation and the Christian perspective. ( )
  JRandolphT | Mar 20, 2009 |
Full of illustrations, scripture, and practical application, The Peacemaker offers the four "G's" of interpersonal reconciliation: Glorify God; Get the long out of your eye; Gently restore; Go and be reconciled. Sande's principles and applications are generally deeply rooted in both scripture and practical experience. However, Sande also enjoys dabbling in prooftexts, false analogies, and ill-reasoned arguments. Sande’s approach to the contemporary church is often reactionary and his use of scripture reductionistic. In all, Sande provides good principles for resolving personal conflict; to access these jewels, however, one must sift through a good deal of distracting material. C- ( )
  bsanner | Oct 16, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0801064856, Paperback)

Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers." But it often seems like conflict and disagreement are unavoidable. Serious, divisive conflict is everywhere-within families, in the church, and out in the world. And it can seem impossible to overcome its negative force in our lives.
In The Peacemaker, Ken Sande presents a comprehensive and practical theology for conflict resolution designed to bring about not only a cease-fire but also unity and harmony. Sande takes readers beyond resolving conflicts to true, life-changing reconciliation with family members, coworkers, and fellow believers.
Biblically based, The Peacemaker is full of godly wisdom and useful suggestions that are easily applied to any relationship needing reconciliation. Sande's years of experience as an attorney and as president of Peacemaker Ministries will strengthen readers' confidence as they stand in the gap as peacemakers.

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