Friday, January 18, 2013

Crossway Book Review: Pursuing Peace by Dr. Robert D. Jones

Pursuing Peace: A Christian Guide to Handling Our ConflictsPursuing Peace: A Christian Guide to Handling Our Conflicts by Robert D. Jones

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I was very excited to read and review this book published by Crossway and written by Dr. Robert D. Jones. Dr. Jones was my biblical counseling professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He class did not disappoint and neither did this book.

"Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God." Matthew 5:9

This passage from the Sermon on the Mount is the last sentence of this book and it is an appropriate ending. Dr. Jones does a masterful job of dealing with interpersonal conflict from a biblical perspective and gives gospel solutions. If you want to get to the heart of your conflict and not deal superficially merely with outward behavior, this book is perfect for you.

The two chapters on forgiveness alone make the book worth far more than the cover price. Dr. Jones helps us understand the two levels of forgiveness as God defines forgiveness. Really what he deals with is forgiveness (my letting go of something) vs. reconciliation (a restored relationship). This second level is contingent upon repentance and mutual working towards the repaired relationship.

The book outlines very simply like this:

THE PATH FOR PURSUING PEACE

Step 1: Please God
Step 2: Repent
Step 3: Love the Person
A. Attitudes of Grace
B. Forgive
C. Confront
D. Serve

The chapters of the book expound each of these points in the outline. Each chapter lays out "ministry strategies" that are gospel centered, practical, and to the point. Whether you have conflict in your marriage, with your kids, with co-workers, with you boss, or anywhere, Dr. Jones' book can help you seek peace God's way. There is even a chapter on what to do when all of this doesn't work, which I found refreshing and encouraging knowing that sometimes even after you do all you can do peace is simply not possible.

Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this book...and read it!



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