“Sarah and Beth are an absolute gift to our culture right now. Not only do they offer balanced perspectives from each political ideology, but they teach us how to dialogue well, without sacrificing our humanity.”
—Jen Hatmaker, New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and founder of Legacy Collective
“Sarah from the left and Beth from the right serve as our guides through conflict and complexity, delivering us into connection. I wish every person living in the United States would read this compelling book, from the youngest voter to those holding the highest office.”
—Emily P. Freeman, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Simply Tuesday and The Next Right Thing
More than ever, politics seems driven by conflict and anger. People sitting together in pews every Sunday have started to feel like strangers, loved ones at the dinner table like enemies. Toxic political dialogue, hate-filled rants on social media, and agenda-driven news stories have become the new norm. It’s exhausting, and it’s too much.
In I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening), two working moms from opposite ends of the political spectrum contend that there is a better way. They believe that we can
- choose to respect the dignity of every person,
- choose to recognize that issues are nuanced and can’t be reduced to political talking points,
- choose to listen in order to understand,
- choose gentleness and patience.
Sarah from the left and Beth from the right invite those looking for something better than the status quo to pull up a chair and listen to the principles, insights, and practical tools they have learned hosting their fast-growing podcast Pantsuit Politics. As impossible as it might seem, people from opposing political perspectives truly can have calm, grace-filled conversations with one another—by putting relationship before policy and understanding before argument.
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About the Author
Sarah Stewart Holland(from the left) is a former Hillary Clinton campaign worker and Capitol Hill staffer who left her life in DC behind to move back to her hometown of Paducah, Kentucky, to raise a family. In 2016, she went back to politics in a big way with the launch of Pantsuit Politics and her decision to run for the Paducah City Commission. After knocking on 5,523 doors, Sarah was elected in November and is serving her first term on the City Commission.
Beth Silvers (from the right) is a business coach, speaker, and yoga teacher. After law school, Beth joined a prestigious Cincinnati-based law firm, where she worked in business restructuring during the worst financial crisis of our generation and eventually became an HR executive. Beth now helps businesses and individuals realize their potential. She is a graduate of Leadership Northern Kentucky and has been named an HR GameChanger by Workforce Magazine and one of Cincinnati's Forty Under 40. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Union, Kentucky.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Pantsuit Politics is the closest thing we have to “Profiles in Courage” by JFK from an unbiased and historical standpoint, but only in a podcast form. However, this book is a manual as to how to practice thought-based politics and stories of Sarah and Beth’s experiences. My reaction to “Profiles in Courage,” definitely falls into the category or lesson of chapter 2 of learning to take off my jersey. That chapter is the introduction of how to see across the other aisle. In that chapter, they go over the history of the welfare system, which was very insightful. I would recommend this for anyone. This includes a high school government class, young adults, and your elected officials.
Political discussions these days aren't usually ones that are peppered with grace and patience. But they should be. We ought to be able to discuss political issues with those around us without fear of arguments, and this practical book helps the reader understand how best to proceed in dicey waters. Sarah and Beth are the hosts of Pantsuit Politics Podcast. One is a Democrat, one a Republican. As you read the book, you are aware that there are many questions and issues at hand that do not have an easy black and white answer. The nuances of perspective and life experience of course color our views of politicized issues. How can we get back to being able to 'agree to disagree' while still being civil to each other? Each chapter of the book offers conversational points and questions at the end, allowing the reader to look at the topics discussed in that chapter a little more closely. Obviously this is not a book that you can read and expect to hand you answers. These are merely suggestions from two women who care deeply about the disconnect and fear the current political climate creates. Since every person has their own defining points in life, we should take the time to sit across the table from those we disagree with and find commonality. We must not be afraid to speak up when politics are discussed and instead, feel confident enough in our own convictions to allow others to express theirs alongside our own. We might not bridge all the gaps, but we sure can learn more about the human being "across the aisle" from us. I was part of an early reader group and was able to read a PDF of the book. I truly think this is one I will have to purchase as a hard copy so that I can highlight and notate the most helpful parts for me. All opinions are my own and I was not required to leave a positive review. I am appreciative for the opportunity to read early. We can do better, and we should. The person who you see across the table from you is still a human, no matter if they agree with you or not. I hope that books like this continue to challenge and inspire us to self reflect.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone, especially a person with a religious background, who feels frustrated by our current political climate. Whether you're tired of facebook conversations that devolve into name calling, dread it when politics comes up at family events, or feel like you need to take a bath after watching 30 minutes of cable news, this book will feel like water in the desert. I've read several "post mortems" from the 2016 election, but nothing really felt like a guide forward. I hear calls from people to "have civil conversations," "compromise," "put country over party," and "see your political opponents as people," all the time, but those calls are so rarely followed up with actionable steps. In I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening) Sarah Holland and Beth Silvers open-heartedly discuss both politics and how we talk politics. They show their reader how to turn the temperature down in political conversations, and make a compelling case for *WHY* we need to step into these conversations rather than avoiding them. I'm grateful that they point out that one of the BIG reasons we should engage in these conversations it that they're enjoyable. They also empower their reader to engage in a way that is authentic and meaningful to them. As a person of faith, I am grateful for the way they gently incorporated biblical texts and faith into their book. I have often felt "Bible beaten" by the religious right and feel like Holland and Silvers bring a fresh perspective to what letting our values and faith into our politics *could* look like. They bring a faith-based perspective to politics without leaving their reasoning skills at home. Even if you are not religious, I think that their reimagining of faith in politics is refreshing and a valuable antidote to some of the problematic co-opting of Christianity in our current political battles. If you're looking for a source of hope, inspiration and guidance as we watch candidates hop into a new Presidential election cycle, you have found a wonderful starting point in this book. I cannot recommend this book enough.