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The Journey Toward Reconciliation

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We live in a diverse, but interdependent world. Even with modern technology, communications, and travel, we still need to build relationships leading to reconciliation.John Paul Lederach shares insights gained from years of work in international mediation and deep spiritual reflection on the task of reconciliation. From personal experiences and the Bible story, he finds Go ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published April 1st 1999 by Herald Press (VA) (first published January 1999)
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Sagely
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I found The Journey Toward Reconciliation hard to put down. I don't feel that way all to often about a book. Maybe I'd say it about Terry Pratchett or Patrick Rothfuss, things fantasy and sci-fi, but not often a book about peacemaking. But I wanted to keep reading and reading JTR.

Lederach subdivides JTR into three parts. Part one draws on Lederach's work in international peacebuilding. Some of these anecdotes read with the intensity of a spy novel yet deeply tragic and real. Alongside these narr
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Amy Lawton
Aug 28, 2014 rated it liked it
This is such a well-intentioned book, and reconciliation is such a powerful idea, that I was prepared to embrace any insight it may offer even though I'm not a Mennonite. Unfortunately, I was really left with the impression that this book is for Mennonites only (other radical pacifists might not resonate with the insider lingo).

My biggest complaint is that the book needed stronger editing. Even students of theology need a better context for abstract ideas which vary widely based on the translat
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Rachel
Feb 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I liked the theme of reconciliation being a journey in this books and the discussion of the various methods that can be used to make this journey. Lederach has very easy to read, almost conversational style - which definitely helped. So often I've found that the texts I have to read for my course are an awful slog. This is far from that.
Peppered throughout are stories - from Lederach's personal experience, from the Bible or ones that have been told to him. This offered a nice break from the more
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Kaia
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, honest, practical, and inspiring. Why did I wait so long to read this? Chapters 4 ("The Meeting Place" of Truth, Mercy, Justice, and Peace) and 13 ("Wander, Wonder, and Wait") were particularly meaningful to me.
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John Paul Lederach is Professor of International Peacebuilding at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, and concurrently Distinguished Scholar at Eastern Mennonite University. He has written widely on conflict resolution and mediation. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Colorado. In 1994 he became the founding director for the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at ...more
“We commit ourselves to the journey toward reconciliation because we believe it is right-even when we are not sure, as John Paul says, how it will progress or end. We believe that walking down the path to peace offers a way better than violence and an instrument more powerful than force to conduct the affairs of humankind. We pray that others will join us.
-Harold”
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