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One Church Many Tribes: Following Jesus the Way God Made You

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Since Columbus landed in the West Indies in 1492, Native American tribes have endured more than five centuries of abuse hypocrisy, indifference and bloodshed at the hands of the "Christian" white man. Despite this painful history, a number of Native Americans have found "The Jesus Way" and are proving to be a powerful voice for the Lord around the world. A full- blooded La ...more
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Published August 25th 2011 by Regal Books (first published July 31st 2000)
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Leigh  Kramer
Nov 09, 2013 Leigh Kramer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Richard Twiss writes about his own experience as a member of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate and introduces us to other indigenous tribes along the way. He writes with candor about the many travesties faced by indigenous people all over the world and the ways this has played out across the generations.

He weaves together stories of people who have tried to preserve their traditions and their faith in spite of other Christians. He advocates for their inclusion in the Body of Christ. In all of this, he po
Malin Friess
Feb 25, 2013 Malin Friess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Richard Twiss is a member of the Lakota Sioux tribe and lived in Oregon when this book was written. I had the brief opportunity to hear him speak at a conference in Portland speaking about the Christian Faith of First Nations people and reconcilliation before he passed this past year.

Living in a State that is 1/3rd Native American I learned a lot from Twiss:

Twiss prefers the name First Nations or Indigenous people. He believes this better captures their essence as sovereign, independent, self-d
Tessa Stockton
One Church, Many Tribes: Following Jesus the Way God Made You is a refreshing perspective written by Richard Twiss of the Rosebud Lakota/Sioux tribe, who is the cofounder and president of Wiconi International, and a member of the International Reconciliation Coalition. Historical facts, Biblical truths, interesting accounts, and heartfelt passion, this book is a life-changer for many - should be read by all. A necessary message ripe for the time, it calls on Christians to work together as one to ...more
John Lussier
Jun 02, 2015 John Lussier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Richard Twiss' book is an excellent discussion of culture, Christianity, missions, worship, and church practice. As a First Nations pastor and teacher his perspective is first hand, practical, thoughtful, and prods what needs to be prodded. Twiss notes how Western Christianity, especially Evangelicalism, has seen Native Americans as a source of missions to, but rarely a community of wisdom and religious energy. Evangelicals have to press into the thought that our cultural values and worldview ca ...more
Natalie Gonzales
Loved it!! Totally new perspective on First People groups and the platform they have. It taught me of God's redemptives powers that go beyond the restrictions of society and traditions. Think outside the box people!
Jul 09, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Love profusely pours from these pages. LORD train us to walk in love and compassion, to have courage to celebrate and build up people in the way you have created them.
Justin Rose
Nov 14, 2012 Justin Rose rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Here is the paragraph I wrote about this book in seminary:
Since Christianity can be used to heal all social ills, a chaplain may use it in the prison system to address the common spiritual ill of victimization. The Bible teaches that the world without Christ is subject to injustice and unfairness, so it is easy for anybody to claim the role of victim. Richard Twiss demonstrates this victimized attitude when he says that he had white mentors upon accepting Christ, so he acted like them for eight
Justin Wiggins
Aug 18, 2013 Justin Wiggins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This powerful book written by Lakota man and follower of Jesus has had a powerful impact on my worldview, and given me a great appreciation for my Tuscarora Iroquan heritage and Scotch-Irish heritage, a greater reverence for many Native American tribes cultures, spirituality, and culture,and a greater understanding of North America before colonialism and many of the appalling and evil things done by fundamentalist missionaries and those in power to so many tribes throughout North America. Richar ...more
Feb 27, 2010 Casey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The U.S. church has had a tragic relationship with the Native people groups of North America. Richard Twiss calls for reconciliation and right relationship in the body of Christ. That means caring for and affirming EVERY part. Native Christians, contrarily, have been taught that they need to turn their back on their culture and ways in order to be true Christians. Twiss calls for the need to affirm Native Culture and embrace the god-given blessings and gifts to the church through Native peoples. ...more
Tim Hoiland
Jan 15, 2012 Tim Hoiland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A couple of weeks ago I read One Church, Many Tribes (Regal) by Richard Twiss, a member of the Rosebud Lakota/Sioux tribe and the head of Wiconi International. Through Wiconi, Twiss serves Native groups through education and practical help to improve their quality of life and build relationships that point the way to a hope-filled future for those who have not previously been given much reason to hope. Twiss and his wife started Wiconi with one seemingly simple concept in mind: “You can be Nativ ...more
J. Allen
Aug 07, 2010 J. Allen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful book for discovery. The author is truly a man of God and of vision. A heart rendering unbiased historical account of indigenous peoples and early european american settlers. Richard Twiss (the author) does an excellent job of pulling covers of both cultures while building a solid case for reconciliation amongst both cultures. I am especially impressed how Richard utilizes Biblical scripture to validate First Nations peoples ancient ceremonial practices. Simultaneously, the author pul ...more
Sep 28, 2013 Owlcourt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this book hugely. I read the book just after the author had died of a massive heart attack, which made the reading poignant and sad. Richard Twiss is a tremendous loss to the first nations people, and in fact to all Jesus followers. I loved that he went after a doctorate in theology so that could be what he calls a "smarty pants" along with the non-aboriginal theologians, could interact with them on their own level, and could advocate for his people in their need to worship the Creator i ...more
Trevor Bryant
A must read for anyone who wants to work in Native American Ministry. Still very valuable as it discusses the nature of worship and how we naturally worship God through our own culture. Missionaries have a problematic history of condemning native cultural expressions of worship as demonic that has hindered the pathway of the gospel in indigenous cultures. We are to worship God through our transformed culture as it is part of our identity, not abandon our culture (and identity) altogether. Excell ...more
Oct 11, 2014 Barbara rated it liked it
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The author had some very interesting, thought-provoking comments on Native Americans and their difficulty fitting into mainline church denominations. I agree with many of his points, and am unsure about others. He had many ideas about how we need to integrate other cultures into our worship services, and how we need to work together to forgive anger from past treatment.
Jan 29, 2010 Colletta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brother Twiss tells the story of the harsh realities that First Nations people faced when immigrants from Europe first brought Christianity and Manifest Destiny to this continent. With extreme intelligence and brilliant humor this book is a must for anyone wanting to understand reconciliation between First Nations People and Anglo-Americans.
Chris Walsh
Sep 24, 2013 Chris Walsh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tremendous book! How God calls every tongue, tribe and people to Himself, through Jesus! That one does not need to lose our language, culture, tribe, to come to Him, but that Jesus redeems our culture, calling us to holiness and wholeness, to become like Him, not nessesarily like how the traditional white, Western church depicts Him.
Aug 02, 2011 Rwh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If you consider yourself a Christian, I highly recommend this book.

Richard Twiss gives a engaging history lesson of what it means to be a First Nation believer in Jesus Christ (the good and the bad). Our FIrst Nation brothers and sisters have suffered much (often at the hands of other "Christians" ) and have much to offer the world. A good read.
Michelle Young
Jul 10, 2007 Michelle Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all Christians
My favorite question from Richard is "Why should we [Native peoples] trade our sin-stained culture for white people's sin-stained culture?" This guy has much wisdom and brings a needed Native voice to the table.
Patrick Lennox
May 03, 2014 Patrick Lennox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I have much more to learn about Native American Christianity, I would suspect this would be a standard read for anyone (Native and non-Native alike) looking to better understand where we are in history and how we can do better looking forward.
An intelligent and beautifully visioned presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the First Nations Peoples are uniquely positioned to carry it to the world.
Oct 20, 2008 Banana is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
this guy spoke at my church and he's hillarious. book about how first nation's people could be the link to spreading the gospel to the world. interesting stuff....
John Lussier
The death of Richard Twiss was a great loss for the church, but his work lives on. How can we be faithful to the Jesus way, without bringing in a non-biblical worldview, or forcing that on others?
I don't agree with everything the author says, but I really loved the new perspective it gave me on Native Americans and the Christian faith.
Ina Montoya
Nov 27, 2014 Ina Montoya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great hook to keep readers interested. About Native American life and Christian life. Approaches church mission strategies, how the church can use the contemporary Native person in them.
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God is Sovereign.
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boring tripe
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