One: Unity in a Divided World

One: Unity in a Divided World

by Deidra Riggs


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Jesus didn't say that the world would know we are his followers by our biting rhetoric, our political leanings, our charity work, or even by our knowledge of Scripture. He said the world would know us by our love for one another. Yet it's so easy to put others at arm's length, to lash out, to put up walls. Deidra Riggs wants us to put our focus on self-preservation aside and, like Jesus, make the first move toward reconciliation.

In One, Riggs shows readers that when Jesus offered himself up in our place, he was not only purchasing our salvation but also setting an example for us to follow. She helps readers understand that they are secure in God's inexhaustible love, making them free to love others lavishly—not just in what they do but in what they say, what they don't say, what they will endure, and what they will forgive.

Anyone who longs for unity in the church, in their family, and in their community will find in this book both inspiring examples of loving done well and encouragement to begin the often unnoticed hard work of building bridges with those around them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801018435
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Deidra Riggs is the author of Every Little Thing, as well as an influential blogger at her own blog, JumpingTandem, and at DaySpring's (in)courage, and has served as managing editor for She has been a speaker for TEDx and IF:Gathering and has organized her own women's retreat, hosting speakers like Lisa-Jo Baker, Holley Gerth, Amena Brown, and many more. She and her husband have two adult children and live in Lincoln, Nebraska. Learn more at

Table of Contents

Introduction 13

1 A Soul that Hears Well 23

2 Integrated Experiences 43

3 What Do We Do about Evil and Injustice? 61

4 Let It Go 79

5 The Power to Unite 95

6 Awake in the Dark 111

7 Our Breaking Point 131

8 Beyond Our Wildest Imagination 143

9 One with Ourselves 153

10 Return to Home 167

Conclusion 177

A Note from the Author 185

For One… or More: A Study Guide 191

Acknowledgments 197

Notes 199

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