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Overview Feminism Euthanasia Homosexuality Abortion Can you talk to people who don't think like you do about these polarizing issues? Equip yourself to look beyond the politics that divide us to the common ground that unites us. Author Barbara Curtis, a former hippie and political activist, shares here amazing story of transformation from a life without Christ to a freedom in Him she never knew existed. Curtis shares practical suggestions for connecting with people who think differently than you do about today's most divisive social issues. She reminds us of God's love for all mankind - regardless of our politics.
Publishers Description Feminism. Abortion. Homosexuality. Euthanasia. Is there a way to bridge the gap between the polarized platforms on either side of the most volatile issues of our times? In Reaching the Left from the Right, author Barbara Curtis, a former hippie, anti-war activist, and pro-choice advocate, shares her amazing story of transformation from a life without Christ to a freedom in Him that she never knew existed. With wisdom and insight, she encourages Christians to look beyond the politics that divide us to find the common ground that unites us. She offers practical suggestions for learning to talk with people who think differently about today's social issues and shows us that regardless of where a person stands politically, God loves and cares about all people and He is the only One who can help us bridge the gap in our divided world.
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Studio: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.78" Width: 6.26" Height: 0.52" Weight: 0.54 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2006
Publisher BEACON HILL PRESS #29
ISBN 0834122022 ISBN13 9780834122024
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More About Barbara Curtis
Barbara Curtis, a convert to Catholicism, is the author of nine books and has had over 1,800 articles published in numerous publications, including Guideposts, Focus on the Family, The Washington Post, and The Christian Science Monitor. Her stories have been included in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She has won numerous writing awards, including the Christian Journalism Award from the Evangelical Publishers Association in 2005 and 2006. She and her husband have twelve children, including three adopted sons with Down syndrome, and thirteen grandchildren. The Curtis family makes their home in Loudoun County, Virginia.
Barbara Curtis currently resides in Waterford, in the state of Virginia. Barbara Curtis was born in 1948.
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Wow, Another Great One From Barbara Curtis! Jan 19, 2007
I have read all but one of her books and I don't think there is one thing I don't agree with her on. She is a gifted writer as well as a compassionate person. When I think of a TRUE Christian, she definately hits it dead in the center. This is so transparent from her writing. You get to know her. As Christians we are to love everyone! Not beat them up with our words and actions. We all could use more of the love and understanding that she willingly offers in so many of the "hot debates". Thank you Barbara for this one. It has personally brought me to a better place as a person and as a Christian.
An Important read! Sep 18, 2006
In Reaching the Left from the Right, author Barbara Curtis gives new meaning to the phrase, "been there, done that." As a previous I-hate-America hippie activist to a reformed Christian woman who loves the Lord, Curtis opens our eyes to what it means to look at all of God's children with love and acceptance--even when they have different moral or political values than yours.
You know what I enjoyed about this book? Truth. The kind of no-holds-barred truth that hit me right between the eyes and convicted me of my own prejudices towards others, who thought and believed differently than I did. I didn't avoid them because they didn't act or look the way I did. I avoided them because I didn't understand their position, their thoughts, or their beliefs. And because I didn't understand, I never took the steps to get to know them better. My great loss.
But as Christians we're called to action. Curtis lends sage advice stemming from years of experience of living on both sides of a movement on how to bridge the gap between the left and rightmovements. As she describes these groups in her book, the similarities between the two sides is uncanny, "It's justthat members of each group--thinking inside their own established paradigms--have a hard time seeing this about the other side, because the ways of going about it are radically different."
Curtis coaches us to compare what the Lord says in the Bible and the beliefs of others, while sharing ideas on how as Christians we can step outside of our comfort zones and reach out to others who we might normally avoid.
If you want a book that will teach you to compassionately connect with those around you, then I highly recommend Reaching the Left from the Right. Jesus did not come to minister to those who were saved, but to the unsaved. If we are going to do what Christ calls us to do, then we must first learn what others believe so that we have the compassion to meet them where they live.
Armchair Interviews says: An appropriate book for this world today.
Review from the left she is trying to reach Sep 1, 2006
I am a big fan of Barbara Curtis's writing. As a non-Christian liberal, I often have a lot of trouble even understanding what Christians are trying to say, much less finding areas of common ground. So when I discovered Barbara's blog, Mommylife.net, I was thrilled to find a person espousing different beliefs than mine who I could not only communicate with, but also connect with.
Barbara has lived on both sides of the equation, living in the San Francisco Bay Area for years, and changing from being a liberal activist to a strong conservative with her conversion to Christianity, so she understands a lot of the ways in which liberals think about things. This knowledge makes it easier for her to know how to communicate her Christian and conservative beliefs to liberals.
Christians would like to think that for a liberal like me, reaching out and conversing with Christians about their religious and political beliefs would be easy if the desire was there to do so, but it is not. In the section on communication, Barbara says that, "Most Christians are probably not aware that sometimes the "language" they speak is almost as alien to nonbelievers as Spanish is to English-speakers."
As a non-Christian, I can assure Christians that this is absolutely true. I reached out and tried to speak with a couple of Christians that I know in person, and didn't have much success in finding common ground. Words and phrases like "the good news", covenant, "feel convicted", testimony, "sin nature", and the frequency with which Christians say the names Jesus, God, and Christ, are disconcerting to non-Christians, and Barbara has a whole section listing some of the words that non-Christians may find off-putting or not understand. She also shares some communication strategies that Christians can use to be true to their God without stunting conversation with non-Christians.
Barbara also talks about a lot of politically charged social issues such as abortion and homosexuality. She talks about the liberal belief system that leads us to many of our beliefs and shows some of the most compelling conservative and Christian arguments against those beliefs. She also has a section at the end of each chapter with questions to ask yourself and discuss with others, issues to research or think about more deeply, and things that real people can do to get involved in their community and make a difference on the issues that Christians and conservatives often care about the most.
What I loved most about this book is the way Barbara is able to be clear-eyed and honest about the ways conservatives and Christians need to improve in order to make a convincing stand against these issues. She doesn't just bash the evil liberals like many have made a living doing, she endeavors to provide understanding of both sides, and constantly encourages humility and warns against self-righteousness, so that Christians can make good use of their opportunities for friendship and discussion with those who don't think like them.