Retired Presbyterian pastor Hutcheson identifies himself as a conservative evangelical. Shriver, also a Presbyterian and the author of several books, including The Bible Vote, considers herself a liberal feminist. In this collaboration, they strive to identify their shared beliefs and to honor and respect each other when they differ. This work, based largely on interviews with anonymous church leaders, clergy, and church members, provides a means by which mainstream Christians of good will can achieve the same goals. The authors state that most American Christians occupy the middle ground and want to get on with the work of the church instead of fighting with one another. Certain issues, however, especially abortion and the ordination of noncelibate clergy, will resist resolution for the foreseeable future. A thoughtful, positive work, recommended for most collections.--Richard S. Watts, San Bernardino Cty. Lib., CA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.