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The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict (Sande)

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When The Peacemaker was first published in 1991, it set the standard for biblical, God-honoring conflict resolution. Now in its third edition, Ken Sande freshly presents the fruit of his twenty-plus years of faithful conflict resolution ministry within the Christian community. The choicest of that fruit is to be found in chapters 5 through 7, which have been updated and reworked, as well as a new appendix on how to create a "culture of peace" in the local church.

Here you will find a theology of conflict resolution even richer than that presented in the previous editions. Sande weaves that theology into a tapestry portraying Jesus Christ and his gospel as the only true foundation for peacemaking, which he illustrates with fresh examples of resolving conflict in the family, church, and workplace. Central to this enriched theology is an enlightening inquiry into how we can identify and overcome controlling desires that, left unidentified and unconfessed, can fuel conflict further.

Sande also provides additional helpful insights into how we can gently and lovingly help others see their part in conflict situations and lead them to forgiveness and reconciliation. He shows how such conflict 'assignments' provide opportunities to glorify God by representing the love, mercy, and forgiveness of God in Jesus Christ. Finally, the new appendix on developing a 'culture of peace' is an article that every church and Christian should read and heed if they want to be blessed.

I highly recommend this 'new and improved' version as a staple in the theological arsenal of every believer, particularly those in church and ministry leadership. -- Dennis Rainey, president of FamilyLife and radio host of FamilyLife Today*, Little Rock, Arkansas

Table of Contents:

Part 1 – Glorify God

1. Conflict Provides Opportunities

2. Live at Peace

3. Trust in the Lord and Do Good

Part 2 – Get the Log Out of Your Eye

4. Is This Really Worth Fighting Over?

5. Conflict Starts in the Heart

6. Confession Brings Freedom

Part 3 – Gently Restore

7. Just between the Two of You

8. Speak the Truth in Love

9. Take One or Two Others Along

Part 4 – Go and Be Reconciled

10. Forgive as God Forgave You

11. Look Also to the Interests of Others

12. Overcome Evil with Good  



Ken Sande is president of Peacemaker Ministries and author of the bestselling The Peacemaker. He regularly conciliates business, family, and church disputes and serves as a consultant to pastors and attorneys as they work to resolve conflicts outside of the courtroom. Sande conducts seminars on biblical conflict resolution through the United States and lives in Billings, Montana.



"Blessed are the peacemakers,' said Jesus. With crystal clarity this manual lays before us the wisdom that leads humble souls into that blessing." - J. I. Packer, author of Knowing God

"Of people alive and writing today, I know of no more reliable guide for peacemaking in church and family than Ken Sande." - John Piper, pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church