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Shalom Sistas: Living Wholeheartedly in a Brokenhearted World

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  199 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Like a lot of women, blogger Osheta Moore loved the idea of shalom: God’s dream for a world that is whole, vibrant, and flourishing. But honestly: who's got the time? So one night she whispered a dangerous prayer: God, show me the things that make for peace…

In Shalom Sistas, Moore shares what she learned when she challenged herself to study peace in the Bible for forty day
Paperback, 248 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Herald Press
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Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Osheta Moore is a writer who makes you feel; truly feel! She helps you understand things in a better light. She makes you laugh, cry, sing, and dance. I am so thankful she is my sista.

In this book, Osheta gives lessons she has learned in her own life through some tough situations she has had to face. Each time, she has found Jesus, or Jesus found her. He made her a peacekeeper in the process no matter what she faces.

"When God wants to take charge of the world, h doesn't send in the tanks. He sen
Amy Langmaack
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2017
Earlier this year, I was introduced to the Shalom in the City podcast with Osheta Moore. I began to hear stories of living as a person of peace. The idea of being a person of peace in the way Moore speaks of was new to me. Moore asks us to consider what it means to bring peace to our homes and cities by the ways we live and approach our lives. Being a Shalom Sista is not a sitting back and doing nothing kind of way of bringing peace. Instead, being a Shalom Sista means living life intentionally ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've been following the Shalom in the City podcast since close to the start and have been so encouraged to find a forum for such candid honesty about how to move towards peace in our communities, homes and world. That said, a lot of times podcasters who write don't always give me something new. Shalom Sistas was one of the more uniquely wonderful books I've read about hopeful resistance lately (and I've read several lately).
I am an avid note taker and this book gave me about 6-7 pages of notes:
Cara Meredith
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Quick. Run, stat. Pick up a copy of the pending release and be changed by Moore's clear, sassy, inviting voice.
Michael-David Sasson
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are many things to love about this book: vision, humility, audacity, humor, compassion, a story of a life of faith being lived well, real talk about attempts to parent and engage in community from a place of love...

As a man, it was interesting to read a book whose voice assumed as the reader I was female and that was written explicitly as if talking only to women even while many of the teachings seemed easily transferable to my (potential) life.

There were only two things that I found trou
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Shalom. The Hebrew word often translated as “peace” in the Bible, shalom is God’s dream for the world as it should be: whole, vibrant, flourishing, unified, and yes, at peace. Shalom is God’s dream for his love to bring wholeness and goodness to the world and everything within it, including you and me."

In Shalom Sistas, Osheta Moore shares biblical insight and practical stories from her own life with warmth, honesty and humour. In the book she discusses 3 areas she hopes to see Shalom in: Shalo
Kaytee Cobb
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Osheta Moore is a spicy, spunky Southerner with a pure heart for Jesus. My favorite kind. This book draws from her Lenten practice of seeking Shalom, God's peace for his kingdom in her current life circumstances, no matter where she's landed. Drawing on the points of her Shalom Sistas Manifesto (which you can see on her website -, this chapter dives deep into the practical steps of peacemaking in your personal life, your relationship with God, with others, and with t ...more
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shalom Sistas is a compelling and uplifting book. I laughed, I cried, and most of all I was challenged to consider the ways I live God's shalom in my day to day life. Osheta Moore encourages and challenges readers to make a difference in their own circles. We learn how little acts of shalom bless those around us and create wider circles of change in the world. I heartily recommend this book!
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Osheta is so relatable. This books felt like having coffee with a girlfriend and sharing laughter and tears. Consider this your manual on moving forward into real and intentional friendships while tackling the tough subjects with both grit and grace.
Annie Rim
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Sometimes I get overwhelmed by what I can't do in this phase of life - I can't drive without the demand for kid music; I can't read more than a paragraph in a book without interruption; I can't attend protests or marches. Sometimes I wonder what I CAN do. How can I make a difference in the midst of my own everyday story?

Osheta Moore answers that question with grace and enthusiasm. In "Shalom Sistas," she reminds me what everyday peacemaking looks like. It looks like getting to know my neighbors;
Nicole  Walters
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you want to be a part of real peace - in your own life, the kind that passes understanding - in the world today, this book is for you. Osheta engages you with honesty and humor and you will walk away with steps towards being the peacemaker you want to be in the world today. You will feel like you are sitting down with a friend when you read this book, that you found someone who has lived in the trenches of peacemaking to give you advice and laugh with you along the way. A must read!
Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a Shalom Sista because I am a peacemaker, not a peacekeeper. Moore walks us through what that means in making room for Shalom in our everyday lives. As a WOC the world is throwing so many punches, and they are all landing. Shalom Sistas is a response that speaks directly to our hearts. We are moved to make room for Shalom. I can't recommend this book enough.
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
From the moment I began reading Shalom Sistas: Living Wholeheartedly in a Brokenhearted World, I wanted to tell all my friends that they, too, should give Osheta Moore a chance.  I remember joking on Facebook that it was rare of me to savor a book but I was taking my time with this one.  And then it took me an entire summer and into fall to reach the final pages. It wasn't for lack of love for Moore and all her book stands for.  Oh no, Moore is a champion peacemaker and a superb storyteller.  An ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shalom Sistas is a book for every woman who looks at the world and wonders how she can be a peacemaker, who wonders how to live out her calling in God’s kingdom. Out of all of the books on peacemaking and justice I have read in the past few years, Shalom Sistas is by far the most practical, the one I know I will turn to again and again. (I’m already starting my second read-through.) Osheta writes with a voice that is fun, sassy, and wise. She is accessible without being trite or syrupy, and she ...more
Renee Davis Meyer
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shalom Sistas: Living Wholeheartedly in a a Brokenhearted World has given me so much to think about. I've listened to the author's podcast and read her writing online for a while now, much of it on the topic of pursuing Shalom. So I wasn't expecting to learn so many new things, and be challenged in so many different ways.

Because Osheta is so funny and a great story teller, I was expecting to fly through this book. It is an easy read for sure, but I kept slowing down to think about how to live o
Holly Rogers
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a book the world needs right now. Deep down, I think we all long for wholeness and flourishing, no matter what our religious or spiritual background might be. And some days, that ideal seems SO VERY far away. But Shalom Sistas is a book of hope. One part autobiography, one part invitation, Osheta weaves practical steps for peacemaking with hopeful visions of a future we all want to manifest; everything whole, nothing broken or missing, the world as it should be. Her writing is down-to-ea ...more
Jordanna Reeds
Let me tell you. I love, love, LOVE this book! I have been following Osheta's blog for years and more recently her podcast as it has been SUCH a blessing to my life. I talk about so often that my friends can often anticipate when Im going to quote Shalom in the City. So when I found out that she was writing a book I immediately preordered 2--one for me and one to share with a friend. Ya'll...BEST DECISION EVER. This book has been such a blessing. It has caused me to rethink so many things in my ...more
Chelle Hershberger
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We are enough. I know I need to be reminded of this once in a while. Even when the darkness of the world seems overwhelming we need to be confident in the fact that we can be wholehearted peacemakers right where we are at.

Osheta Moore has written a beautiful book that will set you on a path towards peace and she guides you there with easy to remember manifesto points such as: I will choose Subversive Joy, and “I will tell better stories. She is also a kindred spirit and wonderful story teller.
Sarah Centeno
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In a world that has been feeling increasingly heavy, I have been struggling so much with how to practically engage and make a difference without being completely overwhelmed. This book has given me the encouragement and tools to do something and not feel helpless to make a difference. It has encouraged me that the small choices of our everyday matter. That if we devote ourselves to just one thing or one person today and do it wholeheartedly that we are practicing shalom.

I love that Shalom Sista
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faith, 2017
This book is a breath of fresh air. Osheta Moore (author) is not afraid to be bold in helping those who love Jesus to actively seek peace and reconciliation in the small, seemingly ordinary ways. I practically highlighted the entire book because I resonated with so much of it. One part that really stuck out to me was looking at Sabbath in a different way. Instead of viewing it as a way to rest and just chill by ourselves because we need it, she encourages the reader to help others to rest as wel ...more
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been following Osheta Moore's blog and podcast for several years now, and so I was so excited to learn that she was authoring a book. Her honest depiction of her journey as a peacemaker has been so inspiring to me as I have struggled to find ways to participate in peacemaking in this busy season of my life as I work and parent young children, and so I am so thankful her timely message of bringing shalom to all areas of her life and the world is being shared with an even greater audience. ...more
Christa Brooks
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can often feel overwhelmed by the brokenness before me, inside me, all around me... but this book has brought so much hope and encouragement! Osheta brought me into her world with grace and sass by telling her story and giving practical ways to live out shalom in my everyday life. From being evacuated by Hurricane Katrina to the infamous “Jeep Driver” in the school pick up carpool lane… I finally felt like someone could relate. Her manifesto points will have you wanting to paint your kitchen w ...more
Kim McCarthy
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is such a timely book with wisdom about being a peacemaker (not a peacekeeper!) in the midst of our all too divided and broken world. Shalom is a word that when spoken seems to bring peace. Moore does an excellent job of breaking the concept of Shalom into an inspiring manifesto, each point revealing something important about the concept of Shalom. Shalom in our relationship with God, Shalom in our relationship with ourselves, Shalom in our relationships with others, and Shalom in our world ...more
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Shalom Sistas will flip what you think about peace and shalom on its biblical head. Full of wit, real-life experiences in finding shalom, and theological support, Shalom Sistas is a book we need in this world of chaos, frustration, and division. Osheta uses her sparkly personality and wicked sense of humor to be real and honest about shalom fails and triumphs, and uses Biblical support to teach us what shalom and peacemaking is supposed to be like as followers of God. I both enjoyed this book an ...more
Jennifer Dickerson
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shalom Sistas is an excellent choice for anyone who seeks to be a peacemaker and help others do the same. Osheta mixes personal anecdotes with Scripture (and a little sassiness) to create a book that touches all aspects of life. Every chapter had me nodding my head in agreement or making notes on how to practice subversive joy, tell better stories, find rest in God, and experience joy through other peacemakers…all with a dance party or two thrown in. I love this book and know I will read it many ...more
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was introduced to Osheta through her podcast, and her book speaks in the same voice. She wove so much Scripture into her stories and told them with honesty and vulnerability I admire. And she's hilarious, so that helps. Osheta does a great job dealing with controversial topics in a way that is gospel-centered and nonjudgmental, and we need more of that in the world. Her practical steps for living out what she believes are a starting place for all of us who feel like something must be done but ...more
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Osheta Moore has written an honest and practical manifesto for women who want to bring peace and SHALOM to their own families and communities. This is not written for the theologians among us... it's written for the everyday woman who knows there is more peace to be found in our lives. I strongly related with the manifesto point about "telling better stories" because Osheta put into words a feeling I had never been able to describe so well. I will be popping this book open every time I need a li ...more
Kelly Bosch
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is for you. Yes you. It doesn't matter where you find yourself in this life.

We live in a world desperate for peace. It feels big and weighty and probably like it's something you can't do anything about. But you can. Osheta breaks things down into manifesto points that lead us to every day peacemaking. It is phenomenal in every way.

Don't dismiss the ordinary of your life. It holds the key to peace...for yourself, your circle, and the world.

Plus, Osheta Moore will make you laugh and sh
Angela Jones
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shalom Sistas: Living Wholeheartedly in a Btokenhearted World is a book carefully woven with sass, humor, healing, and truth. Moore seamlessly balances being a theologian, story teller, and comedian all while giving you the feeling of being in your pjs chatting with your best gal pal. This book is not only a must read but a blue print for living a more whole life. Excluding my bible I can quickly see Shalom Sistas being the most used book I own.
Tina Simmons
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is like listening to a kind, wise friend. Ms. Moore’s communication style is infused with warmth & compassion. I tend to be more spice than sweet, and I found this book very encouraging and attainable. I especially love the breakdown of the steps at the end. I’ll be putting those on index cards on my mirror for a bit. I surely hope this sweet sista writes more books. She is a blessing.
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