‘An essential read for anyone who wants to understand the meaning of reconciliation and for all who want to live as reconcilers’ is how Sandra Cobbin – and experienced mediator – describes the book Living Reconciliation. She welcomes the rich tapestry of stories that bring the concept of reconciliation alive ‘in all its messiness, costliness and riskiness.’ She says it is an uncomfortable read, but one that overflows ‘with the hope of God’s kingdom.’
In this wonderful book the authors invite us into a deep understanding of reconciliation by weaving a rich tapestry of stories from the Bible, from churches and from the Anglican Communion Indaba process. The stories bring the concept of reconciliation to life, in all its messiness, costliness and riskiness. We are challenged to live reconciliation in our relationships, not as an option extra but as core to the Gospel and our shared life. This is an uncomfortable read, which calls us away from easy answers and quick fixes to complex and sometimes painful places of difference and disagreement; yet its pages overflow with the hope of God’s kingdom coming as we do so. An essential read for anyone who wants to understand the meaning of reconciliation and for all who want to live as reconcilers.
Sandra Cobbin, Clarity Development, trainer and mediator.