Library Journal Review
This much-needed book from business coach Holland and city commissioner -Silvers (Paducah, KY) arrives at a time when many families and friends find themselves on opposite sides of the aisle when discussing political issues. The authors share how to give grace and be vulnerable when addressing topics that affect families and communities. They offer exercises and reflections for keeping conversations productive and flowing as well as unpack the reasons why we feel the way we do-our deeper values and concerns-to assist in honing future conversations around hot-button subjects. VERDICT A must-read and relevant text for anyone talking about today's politics. © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
Holland, a former Hillary Clinton campaign staffer, and Silvers, a life and business coach, provide ways for Christians to respectfully engage in political discussions in this instructive guide. The authors, sorority sisters who both attended Transylvania University in Kentucky, began engaging in public Facebook discussions about politics in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential campaign. Holland took a very liberal stance, whereas Silvers is a conservative. Expanding on those discussions, the authors ask readers "to hear each other's thoughts, to test our own beliefs against each other's philosophies, and to better appreciate our own core beliefs by having to articulate and challenge those beliefs." Most of the book sticks to this point and doesn't touch on the underlying disagreements that sparked the authors' initial discussion. This feels like a missed opportunity, especially given their claim that people often spout opinions without researching the facts behind their stances. When the authors do delve into politics, such as in their examination of the history of welfare, they powerfully demonstrate what gracefilled political discussions can look like. Holland and Silvers remind readers that Christian identity doesn't necessarily determine political affiliation. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.