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A Language of Healing for a Polarized Nation: Creating safe environments for conversations about race, politics, sexuality, and religion

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Are you tired of all the animosity and vitriol that fill our society at every mention of politics or religion dividing us into two hostile camps on every possible side?
So are we! We’re looking for others who want to change the dialogue from the rhetoric of polarizing animosity that is destroying the social fabric of our nation to a language of healing, where honest
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 19th 2019 by Blue Sheep Media
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Anna LeBaron
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Reading this book was like eavesdropping on an important conversation I needed to hear. It taught me a more nuanced way of speaking with people who don't look like me, vote like me, love like me, or worship like me. Evolving as a culture will require the generosity of many ordinary citizens who desire to learn this new language and are willing to risk being in close proximity to those different from themselves. This book gave me the courage to lean in and begin learning A Language of Healing.
Peggy Brown
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Do not miss this opportunity to "eavesdrop" on the important conversation that Wayne, Arnita, and Bob have in this exceptional book. We're all looking for a way to bring civility back to our personal as well as community conversations. A Language of Healing is a brilliant place to start!

Encourage your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers ... and especially your social media contacts ... to get this book. Find a few open-hearted friends and read it together. Process the content and the
Monica Horngren
Oct 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Jeremiah Henson
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is for those who want to find ways to communicate and cooperate beyond our most deeply rooted differences, realizing that in the shared spaces of our society we have more to gain through mutual understanding than the politics of polarization.
Robyn Gillies
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A brilliantly written book presenting real and rational solutions to today's hostile narrative. Seriously, everyone should read this book!
Carole Moody
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Arnita, Wayne and Bob engage their readers in a enlightening, respectful, and constructive conversation about how to move away from polarized rhetoric to healing dialogue. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to find ways to contribute to deescalating political, racial, and religious tensions.
Angela Garvey
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can't say enough good things about this book. It's one of the most needed messages and would most definitely be a great group reading or book club selection!
Ian Roberts
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an opportune moment for a much needed book not just for the USA (to which it is aimed by its American authors) but to all countries where we are seeing far more polarization of opinions and the rhetoric that accompanies their expression . The art of disagreeing in a respectful way seems to be lost, particularly on social media. As the Introduction says "Our differences cannot be an excuse to vent our anger and animosity. We can hold to differing views and argue for them passionately ...more
Rory Wynhoff
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very needed perspective in our world today!

I love how the conversation moves from one person and viewpoint on to the next. Three seemingly very different people come together to offer symbiotic thoughts to the obvious division all around us.

Highly recommended!
Jon Gibson
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is no question when you look at the news, the internet, social media, or any kind of medium today where there is interaction among people or expressions of opinion that our society is polarized. News is often portrayed by the extremes. Gone are the days of unbiased or objective reporting. Instead, news is spun to convey the predominant views or ideologies of whichever news source is reporting.

How does one communicate in such a society? How does one navigate conversations in a healthy and
Beverly Flanagan
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In light of the constant un-civility in our common life today, this book provides food for thought. Our society is polarized, full of animosity, and every side believes they are right & others wrong. People are hateful, media is hateful, and this is affecting each & every one of us, in our homes, neighborhoods, workplaces, faith communities, and within our hearts & souls.

In this book, three very different people get together to dialogue about the problem of that un-civility and
Mark Youngkin
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an important book that could well become a catalyst for a healing in our national dialogue.

Its impact will necessarily be partial in that regard. Social media has intensified and shone a spotlight our unfortunate trend toward demonizing each other verbally. But that trend is at least as old as I am. I can't remember a time when politicians and activists on both sides didn't accuse the other side of the worst possible motives while ascribing purity to themselves. If social media has done
Crista Kettenhofen
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from the publisher. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

“Where loyalty to the tribe is the overriding value, truth and honesty get lost; it keeps us from growing and discovering better solutions to our problems.”

A Language of Healing for a Polarized Nation is the product of a collaboration among Wayne Jacobsen, Arnita Willis Taylor, and Robert L. Prater. The subtitle is “Creating safe environments for conversations about race, politics, sexuality, and religion.”
Courtney Birkbeck
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How can I start? This book is something America, the church and just everyone in general should read. It's so hard in the world of racism, religion and differences that range so radically from each other. It's hard to know how to communicate sometimes, because we walk on egg shells hoping we aren't going to offend someone, or hurt someone and damage them in a way we didn't intend. This book gives me hope for being able to communicate with people and love them in a way that is real, solid and ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading a pre-release copy of this book. I was challenged and inspired. The world we live in today needs this timely message. I aspire to listen past words, past race, gender or lifestyle and see value. Order from Amazon and let’s start really talking and listening.
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading a sneak preview of this book. You know the term,'easy listening'? This book is 'easy reading' in the sense that it is written as a conversation between three people. However, clearly, the content challenges us all to move beyond our own 'tribes' and to grow in compassion and understanding 'for the common good.' I have some work to do! Definitely worth your time and consideration.
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Arnita, Bob, and Wayne lead us on a sometimes tough journey using conversations. A Language of Healing has opened my eyes and forced me to hold a mirror to my face. The easy, informative style of the book is like sitting down with old friends who love me enough to tell me the truth. I look forward to putting what I’ve learned into action. A Language of Healing is a life changing book.
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As an American living overseas in Japan, I've seen the way the current political climate in my home country has infected social media (as well as the Japanese and global church). I've been shocked at the anger that cross-pollinates between church and politics and between brothers and sisters in Christ. Folks also deny that racism even exists or that there are gender barriers. Those in the majority want to keep it that way, to the detriment of minority groups and individuals.

Because I've been
Nick Rea
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mother Teresa once said, "if we have no peace, it is becausewe have forgottenthat we belong to each other."A Language of Healingis a life-giving conversation, showing us what it looks like when we begin to remove our imaginary barriers of "us and them."Thisis the space that Love invites us into. It is an invitation to leave behind a world of black and white and fall further up and further in to a world that is exploding with color and life. May the conversations in this book spark in us a desire ...more
Regina Chari
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most important books for the world we live in. It’s written in a unique way, and feels like you’ve been given a seat at the table of an extraordinary conversation. I was challenged, I found myself agreeing and disagreeing in ways that surprised me and most of all I found myself learning a new language. Do yourself a favor and read this before you gather around your Thanksgiving table this year. You’ll be grateful you did! ...more
Roseann Elliott
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am not sure there has ever been a more needed and timely book in our country than "A Language of Healing for a Polarized Nation" ... The style in which the book is written makes the reader feel like they have pulled up a chair and joined in the conversation! There are 3 distinct voices ... sharing one heart... how to engage in conversations with those who don't think, look, believe or even live like us! We desperately need to find a better way forward as a county... I think this book will be a ...more
Dee Cocina
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book. A Language of Healing is a book that is going to impact friendships, families and the workplace. No matter where we live we are doing life with people that believe differently. This is not a book just for political conversations. You can apply insights from A Language of Healing to many aspects of difficult conversations that could otherwise divide us. A great read for a book club and to recommend to friends and family.
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an amazing book , truly one of a kind. At times it was like sitting at a table of friends and listening to them talk and at other times listening through a door . Either way I loved this book.
Marci Elliott
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm only 4 chapters in, but this book has already made a profound difference in my thinking. I've been hesitant to bring up difficult topics for fear of saying the wrong thing or stirring a pot I don't want to have my spoon in. The conversational nature of this book makes you feel that you're right there with the authors. The insights that each one of them brings shows that it is indeed possible to have civil conversations even when there is disagreement. "If our conversations begin with the ...more
Pam McCoy
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Change your thinking.
Change your life.
Possibly change the world.

Is it possible to have a language of healing?

Is it possible for both sides to come together and have a conversation?

Is it possible to seek a common ground through mutual respect and compassion?

Are you tired of how divided our country is. You turn on the news and this person is saying this about that person and that person is saying such and such bad things about that person. We are such a divided country. Is it possible for us to
Mirah W
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reading 'A Language of Healing for a Polarized Nation' is like sitting at a round table and taking part in a conversation about civility and understanding. I was not familiar with any of the authors before reading the book and I felt they were genuine and honest about their interactions with others and their own shortcomings in communication and how they learned from those experiences. While I do consider myself to be open-minded, there were times when reading that I realized I may have ...more
Emily P
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
" A Language of Healing.." is a book that you must prepare your heart to read. It isn't an easy read, but with the divisiveness apparent in today's society, any book that can help open dialogue and conversations is worth the investment of time to read. We have to understand even those who think differently than us if we are to truly create community and mutual respect.

There are many perspectives within this book that I might not normally have been open to hearing, but I think as long as we're
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading the Language of Healing for a Polarized Nation and getting to listen in on Conversations about difficult topics with Arnita, Wayne and Bob has been very enlightening. There is alot of Animosity in our Nation and Racism and these three shed light in a unique way and show compassion and help bring Awareness and a Common ground in a respectful way.
I believe every person would glean from reading this book and will help them to grow and learn how to have Conversations with people that are
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book opened my eyes. I'm a born debater. And sometimes it is extremely difficult to understand why other people choose to believe or follow the things they know to be true. And then there was this. This book will heal SO many readers. I can't wait to pass on this message. Can we all just kindly and openly discuss and listen without arguing and fighting - we can hear others without having to feel like their goal is to change our minds and thoughts or be warped and hurt. We can pause and ...more
Sarah Bowler
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
In a world filled with vitriol, it is refreshing to see these three authors—Arnita, Bob, and Wayne— engage in positive conversation that focuses on how to talk with others who may have different perspectives or backgrounds.

Throughout the book, the authors dialogue in script format. As they do so, they demonstrate how to converse respectfully with others. They also offer several suggestions and tips throughout the book on how to reach a healthy consensus when you disagree with others.
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Wayne Jacobsen was a pastor for 20 years and a Contributing Editor to Leadership Journal and has authored numerous books and articles on spiritual formation, relational community and engagement of culture. Wayne also cohosts a weekly podcast at, out of which came his collaboration on the writing of The Shack and helped create Windblown Media, the publishing company behind the ...more
“consensus, I envision people putting their best ideas on the table and crafting a different option that both sides can embrace.” 0 likes
“Polarity damages people. The current atmosphere is saturated with disdain for one another. It’s time for a new approach that celebrates our common humanity.” 0 likes
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