Books

 

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

 

PEACEMAKING

Evangelical Peacemakers: Gospel Engagement in a War-Torn World
Gushee, David P., 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.


Conflict Mediation Across Cultures: Pathways and Patterns  
Augsburger, David W.

Full of helpful case studies and wise insights about peacemaking, especially across cultures. At times a bit academic. 


Political Forgiveness: Lessons from South Africa  
Daye, Russell

As the title suggests, Daye seeks to learn lessons from South Africa about the role of forgiveness in the political sphere. He describes five acts of political forgiveness: truth-telling, apology and claiming of responsibility, building a transitional-justice framework, finding ways to heal, and embracing forgiveness. 


Cross-Cultural Conflict: Building Relationships for Effective Ministry  
Elmer, Duane

The best book available on peacemaking cross-culturally. Describes biblically acceptable and culturally sensitive alternatives to the more direct Western approach to peacemaking. Includes discussion on the roles of the mediator, storytelling, and proverbs. His understanding of shame cultures is exceptional.


Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In (2nd edition)  
Fisher, Roger and William Ury

A standard work on business negotiation with profound relevance for peacemaking. Describes four keys to “principled negotiation” – separate the people from the problem, focus on interests rather than positions, generate a variety of possibilities before deciding what to do, insist that the result be based on some objective standard.


Forgiveness: Breaking the Chain of Hate  
Henderson, Michael    

Abundantly illustrates the healing power of forgiveness through case studies from around the world. A stirring, inspirational book that will help equip the next generation of peacemakers. 


Islam and Christianity  
Kateregga, Badru. D. and Shenk, David W.

A simple and friendly faith exchange between a Muslim and a Christian. A great example of dialogue without compromise. David Shenk’s irenic spirit shines throughout.


Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing  
Katongole, Emmanuel and Chris Rice

A profoundly biblical description of reconciliation in all its fullness. At the same time clear about the painful realism of the world in which we pursue peace. The authors are co-directors of the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School.


Peacemaking: Resolving Conflict, Restoring and Building Harmony in Relationships
Love, Rick 

An inductive study of scripture about peacemaking in the format of a study guide. With helpful comments and practical questions.


Conflict and Peacemaking Across Cultures: Training for Trainers  
Ruth-Heffelbower, Duane   

Brimming with practical models for peacemaking in all its dimensions. An excellent guide.


The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict  
Sande, Ken

An excellent, practical guide to peacemaking. One of the best books available. The focus is primarily on peacemaking in the church. 


Just Peacemaking: Transforming Initiatives for Justice and Peace  
Stassen, Glen H.

Outlines the basic principles of “just peacemaking,” with a profound analysis of the Sermon on the Mount. Stassen is a professor of Christian ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary.  


Just Peacemaking: Ten Practices for Abolishing War  
Stassen, Glen H., 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.


No Future Without Forgiveness  
Tutu, Desmond

A profoundly moving story along with revolting details about apartheid in South Africa. Describes the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the role of forgiveness in the healing of this nation. Tutu’s commitment to “restorative justice ... the healing of breaches, the redressing of imbalances, the restoration of broken relationships” highlights the power of true forgiveness.


Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation  
Volf, Miroslav

A profound description of reconciliation by a world class theologian. But this is not ivory tower theology. It was born in the crucible of violence and war. Not always an easy read. 


Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace  
Volf, Miroslav

A popular yet profound description of the theology of giving and forgiving. Volf is masterful at showing how the gospel of Jesus relates to life.


Grace & Truth: Toward Christlike Relationships with Muslims
Love, Rick and Vineyard USA

An amazingly educational and informative piece that can be used by leaders and others to shape our attitudes toward this misunderstood topic.


Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
 
Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, Switzler

An extremely practical book about how to have healthy everyday conversation about tough issues. A great everyday resource for anyone interested in fostering peace in any aspect of life.



JESUS

Speaking of Jesus
Medearis, Carl 

The Jesus Creed  
McNight, Scot

The Incomparable Christ  
Stott, John


BIBLICAL HOLISM

Good News and Good Works  
Sider, Ron

Ministries of Mercy  
Keller, Tim


GOD'S BLESSING FOR ALL PEOPLES

Glocalization  
Roberts, Bob

Whose Promised Land  
Chapman, Colin

Global Neighbors & God's Story: Developing a Biblical and Balanced Theology of Cultures (ebook)
Jim Mullins 


WISDOM, INTEGRITY, AND BOLDNESS IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD

Speaking of Jesus
Medearis, Carl 

The World is Flat
  
Friedman, Thomas

Glocalization
   
Roberts, Bob



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