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Loving well in a broken world : discover the hidden power of empathy
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9780718085551
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xviii, 219 pages ; 22 cm
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How can we love our neighbors amid so much division and hurt? Loving your neighbor as yourself would be easy if your neighbors were all people you understood, people you agreed with, people like you. But what about playground bullies, colleagues, refugees, online adversaries? They're all our neighbors, and Jesus said to love them. Every one. But how? Lauren Casper believes the key is the lost art of empathy, stepping into other people's shoes and asking what if?-what if it were my child? What if it were me? Casper helps us discover how to identify our blind spots and tune our hearts to the stories around us; seek and extend forgiveness with grace and humility; and engage in diverse and meaningful relationships. Following these steps will enable us to connect in simple but life-altering ways, to respond to conflict with grace, bring about needed change, and shine God's unconditional love into a dark world.
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How can we love our neighbors amid so much division and hurt?

Loving your neighbor as yourself would be easy if your neighbors were all people you understood, people you agreed with, people like you. But what about playground bullies, colleagues, refugees, online adversaries? They're all our neighbors, and Jesus said to love them. Every one. But how?

Lauren Casper believes the key is the lost art of empathy, stepping into other people's shoes and asking what if?--what if it were my child? What if it were me? Casper helps us discover how to

identify our blind spots and tune our hearts to the stories around us; seek and extend forgiveness with grace and humility; and engage in diverse and meaningful relationships.

Following these steps will enable us to connect in simple but life-altering ways, to respond to conflict with grace, bring about needed change, and shine God's unconditional love into a dark world.


Author Notes

Lauren Casper is a writer, speaker, and amateur baker. She is the founder of the popular blog laurencasper.com and has had numerous articles syndicated by the Huffington Post, the TODAY Show, Yahoo! News, and several other publications. Lauren and her husband, John, have two beautiful children and one fluffy dog. They make their home in the Shenandoah Valley of Virgin.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Blogger Casper (It's Okay About It) skillfully weaves personal stories and biblical lessons into this persuasive invitation to "love your neighbor as yourself." Casper argues that becoming a better listener and extending one's tent of "neighbors" to include those on the fringes of society form the core of being an empathetic Christian, and challenges readers to break new ground within themselves by using criticism as a personal trainer, forming empathetic connections on the internet, and helping the disenfranchised amplify their own voice instead of speaking for them. Casper illustrates her points by sharing her own story and divulges her struggles with infertility and epilepsy, as well as her experience with adoption and parenting a child with autism. Whether exposing her own emotional wounds, offering a fresh perspective on a biblical parable, or guiding readers toward positive change, Casper remains conversational and open throughout. This articulate exhortation for Christians to lead with empathy will please fans of Rachel Held Evans. (Feb.)


Table of Contents

A Way Back to Lovep. xiii
1 The Antidote to Indifferencep. 1
2 We All Fall Downp. 11
3 Blind Spotsp. 24
4 Born for Othersp. 37
5 Tuning Our Hearts to the Stories Around Usp. 50
6 The Magic of What If?p. 63
7 Big Feelings Lead to Big Lovep. 75
8 Scarlet Letters and Strings of Pearlsp. 89
9 Strangers Are Just Neighbors We Haven't Met Yetp. 103
10 The Next Right Thingp. 116
11 Yours, Mine, Oursp. 129
12 The Buddy Benchp. 140
13 Four Hundred and Ninety Times Morep. 150
14 The Internet Is Still Real Lifep. 163
15 Pass the Micp. 173
16 Comfort vs. Criticismp. 184
17 Hopefully Ever Afterp. 196
May We Walk in Lovep. 205
Acknowledgmentsp. 209
Notesp. 213
About the Authorp. 219