Conflict seems to be the default behavior in our world today. We Christians might want to ignore conflict but that is not an option for us. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5 that we have the ministry of reconciliation. We are to be peacemakers, but how? Noble provides us with great teaching, good strategies, several illustrations of principles, and some practical steps to take.
I found it interesting he began with a foundation of tension. Life is filled with tension, both external and internal. “When tension is used wisely,” Noble says, “it can bring out the best in you and in your life.” (179/2641) That wise use of tension means we have to know ourselves. Noble encourages us to recognize our unique story, helping us understand how it filters our perspective on the situation. We must get God's perspective and rely on God's presence. We need reflection. We need humility. We need to learn to listen.
All of that might seem like a tall order but Noble does a very good job of explaining it all. He has good examples of how it all works, including ones from his own life. He offers specific steps to take with many of the suggested actions and thought patterns.
I highly recommend this book to pastors, church leaders, counselors and others who want to learn the biblical method of helping those in conflict. You'll be challenged about your own attitudes too and their role in conflict you experience.
You can find out more about Peacemaker Ministries here.
You can download an excerpt of the book here.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
P Brian Noble is the executive director of Peacemaker Ministries. He teaches the Path of a Peacemaker seminar all over the country and develops new resources for churches, marriages, and workplaces. He also serves as executive pastor of the Valley Assembly of God Church in Spokane, Washington.
Baker Books, 240 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.