Thank you to Dr. Conrade Yap & Pastor Chris MacKinnon for your reviews of “Redeeming Church Conflicts”

What a blessing to end my day by reading two (positive!) reviews for Redeeming Church Conflicts:

Chris MacKinnon’s Book Review of “Redeeming Church Conflicts”

Dr. Conrade Yap Book Review of “Redeeming Church Conflicts”

I particularly appreciated Pastor MacKinnon’s apt summary of the book:

“Only when we understand our individual and corporate roles in the light of eternity and God’s design will we be able to redeem our conflicts.”

And Dr. Yap’s summary as well:

“The key is redeeming in the light of God’s Word, God’s love, and God’s direction. Far too many leaders say and think all the right ideas, but fail to put them adequately into practice. This book takes away any excuse not to practice forgiveness. It restores the need for us to recollect God’s perspective. It sharpens our need for discernment. It increases the importance of leadership by example. It boldly calls for a biblical responses as individuals as well as as a body.”

Thank you, gentlemen.


About Tara Barthel

Tara Klena Barthel formerly served as the Director of the Institute for Christian Conciliation. As such, she oversaw hundreds of conciliation cases (including conflicted church interventions) through the international network of trained conciliators. Tara also provided oversight and leadership for all advanced conciliator training. Currently, she serves her family as a homemaker while occasionally accepting cases as a mediator, arbitrator, and conflicted church intervention team member. Currently enrolled at Reformed Theological Seminary and pursuing her Master's Degree in Religion, Tara consults with businesses and ministries on the legal risk management issues attendant to conflict; designs and presents custom training on biblical conflict resolution for churches, missions agencies, and parachurch organizations; speaks frequently at women’s conferences and retreats; and is currently working on many new writing projects. Tara is the author of the Living the Gospel in Relationships video series and co-author of Peacemaking Women—Biblical Hope for Resolving Conflict (Baker Books, 2005), and Redeeming Church Conflicts--Turning Crisis into Compassion and Care (Baker Books, 2012; second imprint Hendrickson Publishers 2016). Prior to moving to Billings, Montana to join the staff of Peacemaker Ministries, Tara worked as an attorney and business consultant in Chicago. Tara earned her law degree and M.B.A. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and her B.A. in psychology from Augustana College (Illinois).
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