Don’t Read This New Book If…
- Don’t read this book if you can’t stand the truth about your own role and agency creating conflict.
- Don’t read this book if you don’t want to be held accountable.
- Don’t read this book if you like the status quo.
- Don’t read this book if you aren’t willing to struggle with instead of against the rest of us.
Rev. Tamara Franks, lead pastor at High Country United Church of Christ in Vilas, NC, doesn’t hold back with her perspective. She continues,
Facing and meeting conflict squarely, often many times each day, may and can offer dynamic, creative energy that will transform lives, communities and cultures. Seemingly a Mission Impossible, Dr. Nate Regier, in his book Conflict without Casualties offers history, theory, real-life stories, practical uses and relevant descriptions for anyone willing to use conflict for creation instead of destruction.
The chapters are readable, to the point, full of real-life, easy-to-understand examples, and offering a look into the miracles resulting from a commitment to compassion instead of drama.
Using statistical data, life experience as parent, therapist, facilitator and business owner, each page turned forces one to look into the mirror. Ouch! Our individual agency creates the worlds we inhabit Dr. Regier ably conveys.
However, the title states, “. . . without casualties.” While hard truth can be uncomfortable, the casualties of broken relationships, lost clients and job contracts and one’s physical health can be avoided. Regier defines and teaches the reader the intricacies of the world of “Compassionate Accountability.” Consisting of openness, resourcefulness and persistence, when engaged, co-opted and put into the daily crevices of our lives, conflict offers energy and creativity.
Conflict without Casualties offers a concrete roadmap of questions to ask, statements to hear, practices to engage, hard truths to accept and tips to follow. This journey, if we want to accept our Mission, to live into our agency will create homes, churches, schools, offices, and towns (maybe even a world) of strength, health, and convergence; in a nutshell — a healthy, strong community.
I hope you choose to accept this mission.
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