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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 lavishlynot 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.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
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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 TheHighCalling.org. 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 www.DeidraRiggs.com.
Table of Contents
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
A Note from the Author 185
For One… or More: A Study Guide 191
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In a world that is consistently drawing more and more lines of division in the sand, it is more important now than ever for Christians to talk openly and honestly about the reconciliation that Christ brings and should seek to model this oneness within the body of Christ. As one who is involved in a gospel-centered multi-cultural church plant, this book really drew me in. Many would acknowledge that we are still in many ways divided by race and culture in our society and even still within the church, and there are many different theories and suggestions on how to address this segregation. What made Deidra so refreshing was that this book was simply her sharing her heart as she recalls various episodes in her own life while meditating on Scriptural principles. If I had to boil what I liked about this book down to one thing, it would be how Deidra takes the two greatest commandments of loving God and loving neighbor and calls the reader to simply listen and love. Although Deidra does share some practical tips on pursuing reconciliation, she does not lay out a detailed step by step process but simply calls us to listen to and empathize with each other. Deidra strives to go to the heart of the issue before getting to the solution. As I finished reading, I could not help but think that when our hearts are truly transformed by the amazing grace of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 2:13-18), the solution may not be far behind. May God grant us to see gospel-centered unity in a divided world beginning with the local church. Note: I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
“One” by Deidra Riggs is a great book on unity and on building more bridges rather than walls with each other. Deidra goes in depth on how to do this. She focuses on how we need to show love and grace to each other rather than segrate ourselves from each other. I love what she wrote about reconciliation: “Reconciliation invites everyone to the table. All of us, even those we wouldn’t have necessarily chosen to invite. And isn’t that the point? We are not in charge of the guest list. We are guests along with everyone else.” I love this! This really made me look at reconciliation in a different light. We are all the same! There were so many thought provoking statements in this book. Deidra writes in a very easy to read style. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I received this book from Baker Books for my honest opinion.
I started listening to NPR a few years ago because I had entered a season of needing to hear a different voice, of wanting to listen to viewpoints and encounter opinions that I did not share. In these days of challenging conversations around politics and race, it’s important for me to remember that I am called to love, to trade my litmus tests for conversations with real people. In navigating the deep divides within the church on everything from immigration and the role of women to worship style and the definition of family, more than ever the body of Christ must be the force that passes through our differences all the way to grace. Deidra Riggs reminds me in ONE that Unity in a Divided World must be an intentional thing, something that we pray for and work toward. Jesus modeled this focused attention in His prayer recorded in John’s Gospel: 20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. This begs the question for this middle-aged, stodgy, and opinionated soul: Can I love my neighbor “without being concerned about whether [my] neighbor is right?” King Solomon and Parker J. Palmer invite me into a Third Way in which my soul hears well and is, therefore, enabled to choose the God-honoring, others-serving path that may go against the grain. Ambassadors of Unity Deidra traces the path of reconciliation that leads to oneness, urging readers: to ask challenging questions about our motives for living toward the homogeneous and the “safe”; to offer and to seek forgiveness; to continually remind one another that we are one. The Two Chairs Whenever people come together, there are two chairs in the room. One is the seat of justice, and the other is the seat of mercy. “Only God has the credentials to sit in both of those seats and perfectly administer both justice and mercy,” (64) and while we may crave justice, it is critical to recall that God “does not ignore our broken hearts” when He invites us to sit in the seat of mercy and to view life from the perspective of someone who has wronged us. (75) When Jesus prayed for his followers (present and future), He would not have been blindsided by the fact that an outcome of His magnificent creativity would be uniqueness — manifested in differences of opinions. It would be alarming if we all walked in lockstep on every issue. “Oneness is not about conforming. Oneness is about transforming.” (97) The oneness that Jesus prayed for us is bigger than our position on an issue or our political affiliation. The challenge is to love well — especially if disagreements make love an unlikely thing, for then the radical love of God is put on display. Going to Ferguson Because her heart was broken, and because she needed to see the fallout from the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Deidra boarded a plane and spent three days in the sweltering heat, living in the midst of the tragedy and joining in the lament. Two years later, when Alton Sterling was killed, she . . . finish reading at Living Our Days