Embrace: God's Radical Shalom for a Divided World

Embrace God s Radical Shalom for a Divided World The walls between us seem impenetrable We live in an age of strife and division Factors such as race class values and lifestyles keep us from connecting with others in meaningful ways It s easy to a

  • Title: Embrace: God's Radical Shalom for a Divided World
  • Author: Leroy Barber
  • ISBN: 9780830844715
  • Page: 472
  • Format: Paperback
  • The walls between us seem impenetrable We live in an age of strife and division Factors such as race, class, values and lifestyles keep us from connecting with others in meaningful ways It s easy to avoid or ignore those who make us uncomfortable and those we simply do not like, but God s call to the church is to do just the opposite Leroy Barber has spent decades pursThe walls between us seem impenetrable We live in an age of strife and division Factors such as race, class, values and lifestyles keep us from connecting with others in meaningful ways It s easy to avoid or ignore those who make us uncomfortable and those we simply do not like, but God s call to the church is to do just the opposite Leroy Barber has spent decades pursuing reconciliation and justice amongst groups of vastly diverse people He knows the challenge of embracing those who are difficult to embrace, yet he advocates that the way to radical shalom on earth is through pursuing these relationships We have the opportunity as the people of God to bring true peace and unity to a world that desperately needs it Embrace the challenge to show a divided world the bridge building power of God s love.

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    1. What I wanted was for Leroy Barber to talk about racial reconciliation and the idea of shalom in all 9 chapters ever, it felt like he didn't get to the meat of this idea until chapter 7. The book is worth reading for the last three chapters alone!

    2. Summary: An extended reflection on Jeremiah 29:4-7 and God's invitation to embrace the difficult places, people, differences, and callings involved in bringing his peace and justice into a divided world.Many of us who are followers of Jesus feel ourselves to be "strangers in a strange land." As people who have experienced the life-giving shalom of new life in Christ, we are disturbed to witness the deeply divided public discourse in our country that reveals hostilities between political partie [...]

    3. This is not an unbiased review. Leroy Barber is a friend and mentor. I have come to trust his insights on mission, justice and racial reconciliation. When I heard Leroy was writing Embrace: God's Radical Shalom for a Divided World, I knew I would like it. And I do! If you want an unbiased review (because you think there is such a thing) look elsewhere. In lieu of that, here are 10 reasons why you should read Embrace:10. Leroy knows what he is talking about. Embrace shares Leroy's own experie [...]

    4. Following is the review I wrote for Englewood Review of Books (englewoodreview/leroy-barb).For many years one of my favorite images of Jesus, and of Jesus-followers, is that of him welcoming us with open arms. After reading Leroy Barber’s new book, I realized that I needed a more dynamic image. Not only does Jesus stand with open arms, he also moves to embrace all who come to him. We followers of Jesus should be willing to do the same.Barber, an African-American man who grew up in Philadelph [...]

    5. Excellent book on crosscultural relationship buildingLeroy Barber points to the importance of moving into deep relations with our neighbors, friends, strangers, and people of different races, ethnicities, and social status. This model of Christlike community is essential but difficult because few people really want to be around those who make them feel uncomfortable.

    6. A wonderful reminder to reach out to neighbors and strangers, to listen before speaking, to lean into cultural differences, and to make love about much, much more than what we can see on our own.

    7. Embrace is a timely book that addresses questions of racial tensions and divisions, particularly in the American setting. The author, Leroy Barber, has dedicated over two decades of his life to the issues of race, justice, and reconciliation in the Christian context. The most important takeaway is that the Bible speaks to justice as a core aspect of God. Theology matters, and how Christians interpret the Bible matters. Is the Bible primary about me and my comfort, about me “getting saved”? O [...]

    8. EmbraceGod's Radical Shalom for a Divided Worldby Leroy BarberInterVarsity PressIVP BooksChristian, Religion & SpiritualityPub Date 12 Sep 2016 I was given a copy of embrace through the publisher and their partnership with Netgalley in exchange for my honest review which is as follows:In this book the author reminds us that it is often in Babylon that God's hand is most evident as well as reminding us that when we say we will never go to a certain place that is often when God puts us in that [...]

    9. A timely and important read. This is a great invitation to a life of deep love and understanding as we think about these next 4 years.

    10. Short, simple call to live for God's way of justice and love, particularly in the context of America's cities.

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