The following books provide an excellent overview of the theology and practice of peacemaking and the multi-dimensional nature of reconciliation.
GLOCAL: FOLLOWING JESUS IN THE 21ST CENTURY - BY RICK LOVE
Three far-reaching global trends (terrorism, pluralism, and globalization) have irrevocably altered how we live, think, and communicate in the 21st century. We now live in a "glocal" world, which means that what happens globally impacts us locally, and what happens locally impacts things globally. These changes have profound implications for followers of Jesus, so Rick Love offers biblical wisdom and practical insights on how to navigate the complexities of communication in this interconnected world.
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.
THE MORAL IMAGINATION: THE ART AND SOUL OF BUILDING PEACE - BY JOHN PAUL LEDERACH
John Paul Lederach is an academic from Notre Dame but also a peace building practitioner with experience around the world. His book is full of illustrations to help explain peacemaking, such as spider webs to show the importance of building strategic relationships and yeast to illustrate how movements grow. Lederach describes peacemaking as an art form, and we know it will be as transformative for you as it has been for us.
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!
MENDING THE DIVIDES: CREATIVE LOVE IN A CONFLICTED WORLD - BY JON HUCKINS AND JER SWIGART
Jon Huckins and Jer Swigart invite us to move toward conflict and brokenness, but not simply for the sake of resolving tensions and ending wars. These modern-day peacemakers help us understand that because peacemaking is the mission of God, it should also be the vocation of His people. They also make the case that peace is not merely the absence of conflict; peace is when relationships that were once severed actually get repaired and restored.