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Andrew F. Bush, Learning from the Least: Reflections on a Journey in Mission with Palestinian
Christians, Cascade Books, 2013
Missionary, church planter, and teacher, Andrew Bush tells the story of his years spent living in the West Bank, and the Palestinian Christians whose lives inspired him to write this book. It presents a challenge to the Western church to listen to and learn from their brothers and sisters who have made costly decisions to follow Christ.

Elias Chacour, Blood Brothers, Chosen Books, 1984, 2003
Born in the Arab Christian village of Bir’am in the North of what is now Israel, Elias Chacour tells the story of the loss and destruction of his village and how his family became refugees. Compelled by a deep love for the Jewish and Palestinian people, Elias has spent his life living and telling the message of how to live at peace in the midst of conflict and hostility.

Julia Fisher, Meet Me at the Olive Tree 2012, and What is God Doing in Israel? 2016
Julia Fisher has compiled stories of Jews and Arabs in Israel and Palestine who have met the Messiah. Reconciliation is at the heart of every story.

Emmanuel Katongole, Mirror to the Church: Resurrecting Faith after Genocide in Rwanda,
Zondervan, 2009
Using the tragic history of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Emmanuel Katongole lifts up a mirror for the Church to examine itself. In 1994 Rwanda was the most Christianized country in Africa. Yet tribal identity led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Rwandan Christians at the hands of their brothers and sisters in Christ. This sobering account is also a story of hope, with a strong call to the Church to recognize the supremacy of its identity in Christ.

Salim Munayer & Lisa Loden, Through My Enemy’s Eyes: Envisioning Reconciliation in Israel-Palestine, 2013, Paternoster
Salim Munayer is an Arab Palestinian Christian; Lisa Loden is an Israeli Messianic Jew. Together they have written a book that examines the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, including the divisive issues of theology, the land, politics, and justice. While presenting in-depth their distinct perspectives, they also see themselves as brothers and sisters in Christ. They both are deeply committed to reconciliation in the body of Christ in the Holy Land.

John Perkins & Thomas A. Tarrants III, He’s My Brother: Former Racial Foes Offer a Strategy for Reconciliation, Chosen Books, 1994
John Perkins was born in Mississippi into a family of sharecroppers. Tom Tarrants was an active member of the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi. Their stories present a moving example of the power of reconciliation to transform lives and cause enemies to recognize their unity in Christ.

John Perkins, One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Race and Love, Moody, 2018
As John Perkins approaches the end of his six decades of work as an activist, reconciler, advocate for the poor, and minister of the gospel, he has written what may be his final call to the Church to be the Church.

Robert F. Wolff Executive Editor, Unity: Awakening the One New Man, Drawbaugh Publishing Group, 2011
Unity is a compilation of essays written by Messianic Jewish and Gentile leaders on the subject of unity and the ‘One New Man’ of Ephesians 2:15. It is a call to the Church to walk in the unity that can only come through Christ.

 

Websites

www.musalaha.org
Musalaha means “reconciliation” in Arabic. It was founded in 1990 with a board of Palestinian Christians and Israeli Jewish believers. Based on Biblical principles, the organization works towards facilitating reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.

www.peacecatalyst.org
Peace Catalyst International is an organization founded in 2010. Its foundation is the belief that Jesus is the ultimate peacemaker, and He is calling His followers to work for peace in every area of life. The goal is to ignite a global peacemaking movement, especially between Christians and Muslims.