Weighing in at over three hundred pages, Peacemaking Women by Tara Klena Barthel and Judy Dabler is sure to challenge you in the way of peace. With a vast array of topics covered, this is a book to spend time with, to pray through, and to contemplate.
Formerly the director for Christian Conciliation, Tara Klena Barthel holds a J.D. and M.B.A., from the University of Illinois. A homemaker and certified Christian conciliator with Peacemaker Ministries, Barthelís contribution is significant. Judy Dabler is the executive director for the Center for Biblical Counseling and Education, and also a certified Christian conciliator with Peacemaker Ministries. A counselor, teacher, and conciliator, Dabler holds two Masters--one in theological studies, one in counseling--and is pursuing her doctorate in educational studies.
The first part of the book addresses conflicts with God. The chapters include: Thinking about God; Idolatry; and Suffering. Part two addresses conflicts with others, and contains chapters titled: Biblical Peacemakers; Shalom-Filled Relationships; Romantic Love; Families; The Church; and Female Leaders with Powerful Personalities. Part three addresses conflicts within: Shame; Depression; and Fear. Each chapter ends with questions for reflection, praying Scripture to God, and resources for further study.
Such a volume is not meant to be read through once and shelved, but will serve as companion and counselor to women who are serious about right thinking and right living in the body of Christ. Repeatedly, the authors refer to the model that our Christian relationships are to the world. Does the world see Christ in your relationships at home? At Work? At Church? This is a thought-provoking and well-researched, well-written book, which could serve as a womenís Bible study in its own right.
There was not one thing I would change about this book. The authors clearly strive to apply the principles they promote to their lives. The reader is not heavily burdened, but encouraged. Sharing their failures as well as successes, drawing from years of counseling experience, their insight is priceless. Their words cut through the guises and speak truth. I highly recommend this book for women everywhere, and men would also benefit a great deal from a study of this material. -- Suzanne Rae Deshchidn, Christian Book Previews.com
"Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace."--Ephesians 4:3
Friends let you down. A romance turns sour. Children rebel. A church is divided. You feel like you don't measure up. Is there really hope for living at peace?
Yes! Peacemaking Women offers a meaningful, lasting message to lead you out of conflict and into a state of peace where you can live as a representative of Christ to other women as well as to unbelievers. With personal stories and advice that is firmly rooted in Scripture, the authors guide you to peace with God, peaceful relationships with others, and genuine peace within.