What do two old people do while the older man is in rehab after a bout with pneumonia? They care for each other, that’s what. John Lederach, father of John Paul Lederach, loaned us the signed copy of his son’s book, Reconcile – Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians.
My Joy and I are ordinary Christians and we enjoy sharing the insights of this devoted and scholarly author. The father has a close place in the memory of My Joy. She was uniquely blessed when her tenant farmer father moved to a school district in Nebraska that required her to graduate from High School. After graduating, she volunteered to do laundry at a summer camp where she met John Lederach who encouraged the young women in the laundry to attend Hesston College that fall.
From Hesston College she followed the young Canadian who was to become her “Dave” to the Goshen, Indiana, area. Decades later she became My Joy and I became her Martin, and we went together to hear John’s son John Paul speak on “What a Healthy Church would Look Like.” (Click on the link to connect to the lecture.) A healthy church is a compassionate church. The lecture prepared us to benefit from the book.
The book comes from a scholar who has actively promoted peace in many problem areas of the world. This gives it a grassroots aura. My Joy and I have read to each other and discussed the first four chapters of the book. We are thinking carefully. While sitting here in front of the computer I have skimmed ahead in this amazing book.
From my perspective John Paul Lederach’s book is Anabaptist, theological, and Biblical. It explores ancient stories and poetry of the Old Testament, exalts Jesus and his life and is an exposition of the enigmas of the early church and the apostles. It is Jesus centered. As Bill and Lynne Hybels wrote in the foreword, This book truly has the power to change the world.