Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians

John Paul Lederach

Herald Press, 2014

This book serves as a guidebook for church groups, families or individuals seeking a scriptural view of reconciliation and practical steps for transforming conflict.

Originally published in 1999 as The Journey Toward Reconciliation and based on Lederach’s work in war zones on five continents, this revised and updated book tells dramatic stories of what works—and what doesn’t—in entrenched conflicts between individuals and groups.

Lederach leads readers through stories of conflict and reconciliation in Scripture, using these stories as anchors for peacemaking strategies that Christians can put into practice in families and churches.

Lederach, who has written 22 books and whose work has been translated into more than 12 languages, also offers new lenses through which to view conflict, whether congregational conflicts or global terrorism.

A new section of resources, created by mediation professionals, professors, and pastors, offers tools for understanding interpersonal, church, and global conflict, worship resources, books and websites for further study, and invitations to action in everyday life.

The book also features a foreword by Bill and Lynne Hybels, co-founders of Willow Creek Community Church.

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"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."
— Bill and Lynne Hybels, co-founders, Willow Creek Community Church

"Concise and readable, this is an essential resource by one of the church's most experienced peacemakers."
— David Gushee, distinguished professor of Christian ethics, Mercer University