The peace maker Essay

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The peace maker

"The Peace Maker"
Critical Book Review





















Ryan Stewart
February 6, 2005
CO/BU 4493
A "biblical guide to resolving personal conflict", this, in a nutshell is what "The Peace
Maker" is all about. In this critical book review I will be taking topics from the book
and giving the reader my personal views on how I either reacted or related to the topics
covered. My goal for this paper is to give the reader a non-biased opinion of "The Peace
Maker", which was published by Baker Books in June of 2004.

To first critique a book you must have some background information on the author himself
and why he is qualified to write a book on conflict management through a biblical
perspective. Ken Sande is the author of the book as well as being the president of
Peacemaker Ministries, which is a company designed to offer Christians conflict training
by using the bible and its scriptures. Mr. Sande who is an engineer and lawyer by trade
has been using his peacemaking skills since 1982 to solve conflicts in business, in the
church and in family disputes. Ken is a Certified Christian Conciliatorâ„¢ and has served
on such committees as the Christian Legal Society and the Dispute Resolution Committee of
the State Bar of Montana, which is where he earned his qualifications to write this book.

"The Peace Maker", is what I would describe as a self-help book that can be read by anyone
that wants to have a solid understanding of conflict resolution and it does not matter if
you are a Christian or not this book makes good points on how to solve conflict. If you
are a non-Christian this is a bit harder of a read because of the constant reference to
the bible and its scriptures but there are a lot of valid points that are made even
without the references to the bible.

The purpose of this book is to inform the reader of the best course of action to take when
trying to resolve conflict while at the same time preserving God's good grace, which can
be difficult even at the best of times. In order to do this the reader must stick to the
four G's of biblical conflict management which are to Glorify God, Get the log out of your
own eye, Gently restore and Go and be reconciled. By following these four G's you will
bring praise to God and hopefully open up others to his glorious ways. At times in the
book the author's point of view goes from being an informer of ways to deal with conflict
into being more of a preacher of the ways of Christianity. In my own mind everyone is
entitled to their own opinion on religion but in this book there seems to be some
reference to going out and persuading others to believe in the ways of Christianity. To
try and persuade someone to believe in religion, if they are not willing listen, is a sure
fire way to start a conflict, which is why I feel this book contradicts itself in some
ways. An example of this is where Sande wrote in chapter 7on page 145:

"The apostle Paul could be similarly indirect. Instead of hitting the Athenians head-on
with their idolatry, he first engaged them on a point of common interest and moved
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