This week’s Free Stuff Fridays is sponsored by Peacemaker Ministries. They will be giving away five sets of the following five books from the “peacemaking line” at Baker Books:
- The Peacemaker, by Ken Sande – The foundational book on biblical peacemaking that lays out a gospel-centered and practical framework for Christians to use to resolve conflicts.
- The Peacemaker Student Edition, by Ken Sande and Kevin Johnson – A short book based on the principles from The Peacemaker that is aimed at teens and youth workers.
- The Peacemaking Pastor, by Alfred Poirier – Written by a pastor for pastors, this book explores the theology of reconciliation and the call for church leaders to be shepherd mediators.
- Peacemaking Women, by Tara Barthel and Judy Dabler - With personal stories and advice that is firmly rooted in Scripture, this book looks at some of the relational struggles common to women and offers a guide to peace with God, peaceful relationships with others, and genuine peace within.
- Redeeming Church Conflict, by Tara Barthel and David Edling - In this hope-filled and practical book, two church conflict resolution experts take you through the Acts 15 model of approaching conflict in order to provide a clear, godly way forward into redemptive reconciliation.
The last book on the list—Redeeming Church Conflicts—has just been released and is a great new resource for both church leaders and church members. Some books might tell you how to manage conflicts in the church or even give guidance on how to resolve them. But this book goes beyond that, walking through actually redeeming something as messy and painful as a church conflict. It’s written specifically to be a help during a time of crisis for a church, but it is also a good resource for churches recovering from conflict or for those that want to be proactive in looking ahead to the conflicts that will inevitably come. The publisher describes the book in this way:
Every church will experience conflicts. How a church handles these inevitable conflicts determines its future and the spiritual health of its members. If properly approached, church conflicts can be used for spiritual growth—both individually and corporately as the body of Christ. Redeeming church conflicts—making something glorious out of something awful—provides evidence to a watching world that the gospel is real and powerful.
In this purposeful and practical book, two church-conflict resolution experts take readers through the Acts 15 model of approaching conflict in order to help them understand the intricacies of their church conflict. The book provides a clear, godly way forward into redemptive reconciliation, regardless of how the people involved in the conflict respond or fail to respond.
The authors, David Edling and Tara Barthel, have put together a helpful website related to this book, and they actively blog and lead discussions there on topics related to conflict in the church. Watch the video below to get a sense of their heart and the content included in the book:
Giveaway Rules: You may only enter the draw once. Simply fill out your name and email address to enter the draw. As soon as the winners have been chosen, all names and addresses will be immediately and permanently erased. Winners will be notified by email. The giveaway closes Saturday at noon.
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