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Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities Into Unity, Wholeness and Justice

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Missio Alliance Essential Reading List of 2015 We can see the injustice and inequality in our lives and in the world. We are ready to rise up. But how, exactly, do we do this? How does one reconcile? What we need is a clear sense of direction. Based on her extensive consulting experience with churches, colleges and organizations, Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil has created a ...more
Hardcover, 142 pages
Published December 4th 2015 by IVP Books
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Hannah Notess
Well, everything about this book is timely, practical, and relevant. Much like the New Testament (ha!) this book is deceptively short, and yet if you were to follow its advice, it would most likely require you to change everything. The parable of the rich young ruler, which she quotes, is particularly relevant.

If you are an evangelical Christian interested in breaking down racial barriers, seeking justice, and shaking up your predominantly white organization, this is THE book for you. Dr. Brenda
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So good, challenging, and helpful! I am excited to talk to people about it and continue on the ongoing path of reconciliation. Also love that McNeil prayed for us multiple times throughout the book.
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the first things I have read on racial reconciliation that actually offers some concrete steps of how a concerned citizen can work to change their own prejudices and be a part of helping their community make positive change. McNeil offers hope in a world that seems lost in a darkness of racial tension. It is designed to be read through with a group, and I hope at some point I get to reread it that way.
Joel Wentz
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Don't let your possible fatigue regarding terms like "racial justice" and "reconciliation" prevent you from picking up this book. If anything, the practicality and clarity offered here, will inject some energy and hope to restore you!

Brenda (or Dr. B) is a true gift. Here, she draws on a lifetime of pastoral experience and offers a compelling, clear, and realistic vision for undergoing a healthy communal process that results in transformation and wholeness around justice issues. She doesn't avoi
Jesse Ludema
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Especially in circles of religion and community justice, the word "reconciliation" seems to have ten-thousand definitions. Some perceive the word with a negative stigma, and others with rosy optimism. Brenda Salter Mcneil offers a concise definition of biblical reconciliation. She avoids the temptation of fitting the work of reconciliation into a "plug and play" formula, yet details a constructive way forward to the destination of unity, wholeness, and justice in our communities. Her approach is ...more
Akash Ahuja
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve heard so much about this book, and I’m glad to have finally read it. Brenda Salter McNeil is clearly gifted with a heart to see others and to value lives. Her book is incredible, but the best use of it is in community and in the hands of leadership. Give this book to the pastor of your church, or to the people in your community who want to take steps to include those who have been excluded and marginalized.
Tori Ford Jowers
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Practical and insightful.
Jeff Lochhead
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tangible, practical steps to seek justice and equality in a world in such disarray. There is such need for it to be seen that there is strength in diversity!
Eric George
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Review on roadmap to reconciliation by Brenda Salter McNeil

Looking for a book that can show the art of how to settle with your foes, or the people one has had a hostile dispute with in the past is a useful task. Roadmap to reconciliation target on moving communities into Unity, wholeness and justice. The book says it promise to make the reader take a step into unity, wholeness and justice.

About the author
Rev . Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil is an American woman who works as an pastor, public speaker
Catherine Lowe
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
The format of this book requires that a group of diverse people read and discuss it together. That the power to succeed in reconciling with others can only spring from Christ's work to reconcile people to God is somehow lost in the author's exhausting call to self-effort and change makes the road to reconciliation a weary road indeed. ...more
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Helpful, relatable, and realistic. Didn't always love the writing style, but very much appreciated the perspective and practical approach. ...more
Bob Wolniak
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: leadership, christian
In an age of contention over what loaded terms like racism and reconciliation actually convey, the author works hard to establish a spiritual and dynamic definition, "an ongoing spiritual process involving forgiveness, repentance, and justice that restores broken relationships and systems to reflect God's original intention for all creation to flourish." The book lays out a path toward wholeness and justice without getting bogged down and lost in debates. Truly a short and very much to the point ...more
Chad Benkert
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is well written as a practical guide to starting the journey. The ending was Very strong and left me feeling encouraged and convicted at the same time: "and may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in the world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done to bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor. Amen" ...more
Mark Oppenlander
Perhaps it's just because I read it hard on the heels of White Fragility, but this book came as a breath of fresh air to me. 2020 has been a dark time for race relations in this country, so it's invigorating to hear a message from someone who still expresses hope. The Reverend Doctor Brenda Salter McNeil has spent decades consulting with individuals, churches, and organizations in the areas of racial, ethnic, and gender reconciliation. "Reverend Brenda" (as she is known on our campus) has walked ...more
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Summary: This veteran of racial reconciliation work shows us not only that reconciliation is necessary but the path individuals and groups must take to pursue that reconciliation.

One cannot embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ without embracing the idea of reconciliation. Central to the gospel is the truth of God reconciling an estranged humanity to himself through Christ, and in the process reconciling people to one another across their deepest divisions. Sometimes in the depths of our woundednes
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Last spring, I heard Brenda Salter McNeil speak on racial conflict in America, particularly American churches. Her voice is powerful and moving, and I looked forward to reading something from her. I finally got around to it.

This probably wasn't the best choice as it is a curriculum designed to be done as a group. I read the parts I could read, which were good, but I skimmed over the group activities. After all, I am not a group, and I only have my perspective, so there was nothing to be gained
Mike Jorgensen
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it
The greatest accomplishment of this book is incorporating our present struggle into the entirety of the biblical narrative (and metanarrative). The use of scripture was outstanding and the exegesis of our culture, history, and institutions was equally impressive.

The practical "how-to" section is generally helpful but seems a bit vague and ethereal. The reflection questions were as helpful as they could be, but the "roadmap" itself can only be implemented by the leaders of an institution or organ
David Campton
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A relatively brief but excellent handbook on how to motivate individuals, churches and communities to become active in addressing division and injustice. Written from the context of racial inequality in the US in the wake of the post-Ferguson tensions, but before the advent of Trump, McNeil's closing reference to MLK's vision of A Beloved Community, 50 years after his death demonstrates that the process of realising this is not a quick fix and requires sustainable strategies such as outlined her ...more
Steph Nannen
This book is essential for majority-culture Christian leaders seeking to move their homogeneous organizations toward ethnic diversity. Dr. Salter Mcneil brings a wealth of research and personal experience to this topic. I loved her diagram (referred to throughout the book) that explains how transformation happens in any group (or person), and why it sometimes doesn't happen (and the consequences of that.) It is a sober warning of the incredible commitment and maturity required of leadership to w ...more
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It took me almost a year and a half to finish this book - but only because I read it as I lived it. Dr. McNeil is spot-on accurate with describing the pattern of the reconciliation journey. It was a comfort to know that everything I have experienced or felt was not new and was understood. She has made me feel equipped, encouraged, and hopeful to continue on and never stop pursuing racial reconciliation in The Church. Every Christian should read this. It lacks absolutely nothing. I have never und ...more
Tyler Brown
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book had some awesome moments. It was much more of a sociology work than a theological work. She largely assumes the biblical premise for the work and that diverse communities are already present and desiring reconciliation before starting down the roadmap. It’s a helpful flowchart but very narrow in its focus and wouldn’t apply to many situations.
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great tool and inspiration

This reading offers great practical and accessible ideas to do justice at an individual and organizational level. Strongly recommend this to anyone who cares to do justice and reconciliation.
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very practical guide for churches and organizations desiring to pursue racial reconciliation from the highly experienced Rev. McNeil. Some lack of focus on the power of the gospel to accomplish this goal.
Mollie Meyer
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book provided a tangible and easy-to-understand foundation for how to implement and structure racial reconciliation. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to see racial equity in religious spaces, but doesn't know how to make it a reality. ...more
Jamie Pennington
I wish it were this easy. But I along with thousands and hundreds of thousands and perhaps even millions in the dream.

But as the author points out I too have read the end of the book and we win. Not only with Christ’s victory but also multiculturally.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, own-voices
Such a clear, compelling call to action, with very practical tools to diagnose and move forward as communities. I liked this very much and it gave me direction as a leader new to this conversation. Thank you, Mcneil.
Anthony Johnson
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reconciliation
Very good book for Chrisitan organization engaging in reconciliation work. The road map is a good paradigm for helping your organization thinking through the process of pursuing the gospel of reconciliation and gospel. It's what I will use when I plant a church. ...more
Christine Allen Carlsson
Loved this book! Dr. Mcneil is so challenging and practical and inspiring!
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic tool for individuals and communities who are asking, “What’s Next?” and desire to bring the Kingdom of God to all facets of Creation and work for racial justice.
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
the best book on working with communities for unity, wholeness and justice, I have read quite a few and this is the gold standard, read it first, own it and apply it. Seattle author.
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