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Books on Ethnic Reconciliation and Conflict Mediation

We recommend these books on ethnic reconciliation and conflict mediation. Our friend Craig Hendrickson helped prepare this list. We welcome your comments and recommendations.

Augsburger, David W. Conflict Mediation Across Cultures. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1992. A practical and readable resource providing valuable insights into conflict resolution patterns across different cultures.

Barnes, Sandra L. Subverting the Power of Prejudice. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2006. Fusing theological and sociological insights, this book discusses the reasons for prejudice and practical ways to transform it.

DeYoung, Curtiss Paul. Reconciliation: Our Greatest Challenge—Our Only Hope. Valley Forge, Penn.: Judson, 1997. Rooted in Scripture, DeYoung’s message about the barriers and hard work of reconciliation comes from a life-long commitment to racial boundary crossing.

Hines, Samuel, and Curtiss Paul DeYoung. Beyond Rhetoric: Reconciliation as a Way of Life. Valley Forge, Penn.: Judson, 2000. This unique, coauthored book, rooted in a crossgenerational, biracial partnership, explores theological, congregational and practical matters of reconciliation.

Lederach, John Paul. Preparing for Peace. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 1995. An extremely valuable resource that provides both theoretical and practical resources for training people to resolve crosscultural conflict utilizing local cultural resources.

Salter McNeil, Brenda, and Rick Richardson. The Heart of Racial Justice. 2nd ed. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2009. Goes beyond so- cial models of racial reconciliation rooted in interpersonal or institutional change by developing a model of racial healing rooted in God’s story.

Yancey, George. Beyond Racial Gridlock. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2006. Yancey describes four common ideologies concerning racial dynamics in American society and constructs his own view, building on biblical and sociological principles.

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