Title: Loving Well in a Broken World
Author: Lauren Casper
Release Date: February 18th, 2020
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
How can we love our neighbors amid so much division and hurt?
Loving your neighbor as yourself would be easy if your neighbors were all people you understood, people you agreed with, people like you. But what about playground bullies, colleagues, refugees, online adversaries? They’re all our neighbors, and Jesus said to love them. Every one. But how?
Lauren Casper believes the key is the lost art of empathy, stepping into other people’s shoes and asking what if? — What if it were my child? What if it were me? Casper helps us discover how to:
-identify our blind spots and tune our hearts to the stories around us;
-seek and extend forgiveness with grace and humility; and
-engage in diverse and meaningful relationships.
Following these steps will enable us to connect in simple but life-altering ways, to respond to conflict with grace, bring about needed change, and shine God’s unconditional love into a dark world.
Loving Well in a Broken World is an inspirational book about having empathy and loving everyone, not just those we get along or agree with. Lauren Casper’s writing is beautiful and inviting.
The introduction to the book really stuck with me. When Lauren had to explain to her child about why it was important to be kind to someone even when they were being mean/bullying made me realize that sometimes as adults we don’t practice what we preach to kids/youth. It is so easy to be angry or mean to those we don’t always agree with, but why?
Lauren breaks it down for us with personal stories and referencing scriptures to put everything in perspective. She poses many ‘what ifs’ and made me realize that everyone is going through something whether it be good or bad. I have always heard to love thy neighbor and this book made me realize that I don’t always do just that. It sounds so simple, yet we tend to make it difficult.
I give Loving Well in a Broken World 5 stars. Yes, our world isn’t perfect and we come in contact with many nice and not so nice people but it is up to us to handle every situation with empathy, compassion, and love. I am inspired to understand and have more empathy for everyone. I want to be a better person for myself, my family, and others so that I can live a happier life. Thank you to Lauren for writing this book and for the inspiration.
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