Books

The following books provide an excellent overview of the theology and practice of peacemaking and the multi-dimensional nature of reconciliation.

 
 

PEACE CATALYSTS: RESOLVING CONFLICT IN OUR FAMILIES, ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITIES - BY RICK LOVE

Peace Catalyst International President Rick Love wrote this book to ignite a global movement of Jesus-centered peacemakers.

“[Rick] Love challenged me to rethink the role of peacemaking in my own life, both with his own tale of stumbling into peacemaking out of conflict and his expose of just how central peace and peacemaking are from beginning to end in the Bible” (from Jennifer Bryson’s “Reclaiming Peace by Love").      

 

christian. muslim. friend. twelve paths to real relationship - by david w. shenk

Christian. Muslim. Friend. focuses on the joys and challenges of Christian-Muslim friendship. And Dr. David Shenk knows something about friendships with Muslims, having spent over half a century engaging them!  Shenk is one of the most Christlike and competent Jesus-centered peacemakers we know. He has written numerous books on Christian-Muslim relations, but this is arguably his best one yet. This book is filled with story after story illustrating what it means to pursue peace and commend Christ. Read this book and you will be learning from one of the masters of our generation.   

 

RECONCILING ALL THINGS: A CHRISTIAN VISION FOR JUSTICE, PEACE AND HEALING - BY EMMANUEL KATONGOLE AND CHRIS RICE

Reconciling All Things provides a profoundly biblical description of reconciliation in all its fullness. Katongole and Rice, co-founders of the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School, will help you see the vital relationship between the Gospel and peacemaking. In fact, the guiding text for the book (2 Corinthians 5:18-21) indicates that reconciliation is the ultimate value of the New Creation. So when we work for peace we demonstrate the very nature of the New Creation. This book will also help you confront the painful realism of the world in which we pursue peace. The chapter on lament is a much-needed addition to the spiritual life of any peacemaker.

 

GRACE AND TRUTH: TOWARD CHRISTLIKE RELATIONSHIPS WITH MUSLIMS - BY RICK LOVE

Grace and Truth emerged during a gathering of 50 international evangelical Christian leaders concerned about the increasing alienation between Christians and Muslims. To counter this trend we composed this booklet, a statement on how followers of Jesus should relate to Muslims. Though Rick Love is the lead author, Grace and Truth is a consensus document with substantial input from more than seventy leaders from around the world. As such, it uses language and emphasizes themes that bridge the spectrum of evangelical thinking. In contrast to the fear-mongering and Islamophobia perpetuated today, this book proposes a better way. It describes the way of Jesus. Read this book and find out what it means to follow the One who is full of both grace and truth.

 

MUSLIMS, CHRISTIANS, AND JESUS - BY CARL MEDEARIS

Muslims, Christians, and Jesus epitomizes what Carl Medearis does best: he keeps Jesus at the center of his conversations, his relationships and his own life. And he loves Muslims. Medearis is an internationally recognized expert on Christian-Muslim relations, and this book shows why. He writes simply and compellingly about the challenges of building bridges of love with Muslims, but he also helps readers better understand Islam and introduces us to many amazing Muslims he has met on his journey of faith. You will love the “God stories” throughout this book! 

 

EVANGELICAL PEACEMAKERS: GOSPEL ENGAGEMENT IN A WAR-TORN WORLD - DAVID P. GUSHEE, EDITOR

This book contains fifteen essays originally presented at a conference on evangelical Christianity and global peacemaking held at Georgetown University in September 2012, together with a critical analysis of the collection by the editor, David P. Gushee.

 

JUST PEACEMAKING: TEN PRACTICES FOR ABOLISHING WAR - GLEN H. STASSEN, EDITOR

Glen Stassen and others describe a new kind of ethical theory as it relates to war, which they call Just Peacemaking. In contrast to pacifism and Just War Theory, Just Peacemaking focuses on the importance of ten proactive practices that prevent war and facilitate peace.