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Author:  Deidra Riggs
ISBN:  9780801018435
Publisher:  Baker Books
Published:  2017
Pages:  202
Sub-title:  Unity in a Divided World
Sample Chapter

Our world needs fewer walls and more bridges. Be a bridge builder.

Jesus didn't say the world would know we are his followers by our rhetoric, our political leanings, our charity work, or even by our knowledge of Scripture. He said the world would know us by our love for one another. Yet it's so easy to put others at arm's length, to lash out, to put up walls.

In One, Deidra Riggs calls us to put our focus on self-preservation aside and, like Jesus, make the first move toward reconciliation. She helps us understand that we are secure in God's inexhaustible love, making us free to love others lavishly--not just in what we do but in what we say, what we don't say, what we will endure, and what we will forgive.

Table of Contents
  1. A Soul that Hears Well
  2. Integrated Experiences
  3. What Do We Do about Evil and Injustice?
  4. Let It go
  5. The Power to Unite
  6. Awake in the Dark
  7. Our Breaking Point
  8. Beyond Our Wildest Imagination
  9. One with Ourselves
  10. Return to Home

"When Deidra first told me about this book, I heard in her voice the heart and hope behind her work. I heard the struggle inherent in writing, researching, and attempting to live the core principles you'll find in these pages. I also heard steady hope and faith. One: Unity in a Divided World is a moving and thoughtful critique of the status of oneness, restoration, reconciliation, and grace in America. This book will challenge, excite, transform, and inspire everyone who dreams of an end to division and polarization--in the Church, in our communities, in the workplace, in our homes, and in our very own souls."

John Perkins, cofounder, Christian Community Development Association;
founder, John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation, Justice and Christian Community Development; author of Dream With Me

"One: Unity in a Divided World is not only a timely book for today's Church, but it's also desperately needed. We emerge from the wreckage of 'culture wars' and church splits broken and scarred. Prejudice and privilege have damaged us, relational dysfunction and division have seared our souls. We stand separated, alone. Yet Deidra dares to walk among the wreckage, uncovering truths, rediscovering words like reconciliation, forgiveness, oneness, unity. Tenaciously and tenderly she reminds us of an identity and calling lost and forgotten. If you're searching for tools to help you rebuild unity in today's divided world, learn from Deidra. She's a wise, humble, and hope-filled guide."

Jo Saxton, speaker and author; board chair of 3D Movements

"In One: Unity in a Divided World, Deidra points us toward change in our hearts. Unity must begin with each one of us before we can transform the Church. We the people must change! This is a timely book that will break through the ethnocentrism we have allowed to dictate our hearts and churches. The process toward reconciliation will begin in our hearts and communities first. One brings hope and healing to a divided and broken people. I highly recommend it to those seeking to understand the first and next steps toward racial unity."

Tasha Morrison, founder of Be the Bridge