This book continues to solidify Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil as a practical theologian and a prophetic voice of biblical reconciliation and justice. Her insights and wisdom within this resource are a powerful classroom of unifying principles and concepts. Everything she writes should be read and applied by people of faith that we might be a force of transformation in a broken and divided world.
– Efrem Smith, President and CEO, World Impact, author of The Post-Black and Post-White Church
While many evangelicals express angst over a perceived decline of Christianity in the United States, there is a burgeoning movement of reconciliation that is capturing the imagination of a new generation of believers. The ministry of reconciliation sorely needs an ecclesial center and Brenda Salter-McNeil presents this text as a positive response. This book offers helpful categories to sharpen our discussions and useful exercises that are both practical and applicable. Dr. Salter-McNeil provides a roadmap to reconciliation that needs to be embraced by Christians who seek a way forward.
– Soong-Chan Rah, North Park Theological Seminary, author of The Next Evangelicalism and Prophetic Lament
Roadmap to Reconciliation is both practical and deeply theological, and a welcome addition to the ministry of reconciliation. Drawing from qualitative data as well as practical experience, Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil offers a a step by step process for reconciliation that both new and seasoned reconcilers will find profoundly useful. For the newcomer, Salter McNeil shines a light on the often enigmatic and challenging path toward reconciliation, uncovering potential pitfalls. For the road-weary old timer, she dips into the well of her experiences as a lifelong reconciler to offer wisdom that promises to demystify the process and bring hope to even the most cynical. I recommend this book as a practical handbook for small groups, leaders and anyone willing to engage in justice-based reconciliation.
– Christena Cleveland, Associate Professor of the Practice of Reconciliation, Director of the Center for Reconciliation, Duke Divinity School, author of Disunity in Christ
For more than two decades I have listened to the voice of Brenda Salter McNeil. Because she is honest, I have heard things spoken in a timbre of truth. Because she is a prophet, I have heard things I don’t always want to hear. Because she is one of the great living preachers of the day, I have heard things articulated with gospel clarity. Because she is a trusted friend, I have heard things spoken in fierce love. Because she is a teacher of reconciliation, I have seen her stand in contested places with bold, unwavering courage. Her voice is to be trusted, heard and honored. Read her words and listen for a voice of wise and honest truth. Listen. She writes words we need to hear.
– Keith Anderson, President, Professor of Practical Theology, The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology
Here’s an interview I did for my publisher if you’d like to know more about it before you buy…
You have been tackling reconciliation issues for a long time. What brought about the idea for this particular book, Roadmap to Reconciliation?
Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil: This is the book I wish I had as an emerging reconciler. There are many who have been doing this work of reconciliation, but who don’t have a resource for how to define what it is, or to get guidance on how to do it. There is also a growing sense of motivation in the Church, but a lack of direction, tools, and guidance.
Who is Roadmap to Reconciliation for?
Dr. Brenda: This book is for established and emerging leaders in the realm of reconciliation. The divisions in our society across race, class and gender are more substantial than ever, and our world is in desperate need of thoughtful, credible, Spirit-led reconcilers. I see young leaders across our country that have heard the call of God to step into this void, but they are consistently frustrated by the lack of viable resources for them to grow and succeed as leaders. My prayer is that Roadmap to Reconciliation will become a gift to those leaders.
What is the main idea you hope to convey to readers?
Dr. Brenda: Roadmap to Reconciliation is a one-stop resource to inspire, equip, and train an emerging generation of leaders. Reconciliation leaders will walk away from this book with a clearer sense of vision based on a proven model; a deeper theology to teach and lead from; a more coherent language by which to talk about it; a guiding set of principles from which to orient themselves along the journey; numerous real life examples to be inspired from; and a comprehensive plan for approaching this call from a Christ-centered, missional perspective.
What do you hope readers learn or take away from Roadmap to Reconciliation?
- To inspire those who have heard the voice of God calling them to the ministry of reconciliation to proceed boldly with courage and conviction
- To equip reconcilers by deepening the theological roots for reconciliation while also developing a concrete model with applicable tools for the task ahead
- To frame reconciliation as an ongoing journey, and develop language that can chart progress and name landmarks as reconcilers progress down this path
- To increase the capacity of reconcilers to fuse both personal relationships and structural justice into a comprehensive approach
- To see that reconciliation is a deeply spiritual endeavor, and encourage them as they learn to be led by the Spirit and renewed daily by the power of God
My Other Books
A Credible Witness: Reflections on Power, Evangelism and Race
by Brenda Salter McNeil
A Credible Witness gives a fresh new perspective on Jesus’ encounter with the women at the well. It is filled with examples from my own experiences and struggles, from my thirst for living water to my desire to reach out to others with this good news. Also included is an appendix with questions for discussion, reflection and application.
The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change
by Brenda Salter McNeil & Rick Richardson
The racial divide is one of the most pervasive problems the Church faces. In The Heart of Racial Justice we posit that this problem is ultimately spiritual and must be solved using a new approach that produces both internal change and social transformation.