Loving Well in a Broken World
Momma Leighellen's Book Review + Giveaway
Loving Well in a Broken World could not have come to me at a better time. I admit I was in a crap mood yesterday. My kids are back in school, my business is suffering because of Covid, and yet another black man was shot by police.
I have attended the protests, walked in the marches, signed the petitions, called my legislators, donated money, and supported black businesses. And yet it seems daily there is a new headline and change is slow to come. I am normally a positive, forward focussed, upbeat person but today I woke up slow and weary. This book is just what I needed to reset my heart. To remember how to keep going, one step at a time.
Loving Well in a Broken World is written by Lauren Casper, a middle aged white momma to two brown children both of whom have special needs. She too is weary and wonders what more can she do to educate and protect her kiddos. She believes people have stopped listening and loving, and that the key is empathy.
“In a world gone mad, we can choose to stay in the thick of it and love our way to the other side. We can be with instead of against. We can identify our blind spots and ask questions when we don’t understand someones point of view. We can lean into our discomfort and big feelings instead of denying them.”
She uses stories from her own life experience sprinkled with biblical wisdom to encourage more listening, more learning, and more loving to create change. To meet this beast of racism and hate head on and not cower from the overwhelming pain of it. The chapters are short and cover a wide range of topics
“The world is in crisis today. How do I live in this mess? What is my role?”
I can identify my own blind spots. I can continue to love well and both seek and provide forgiveness. And I can invest in diverse and meaningful relationships that seek to propel us into a better future filled with hope.
“This is the kind of hope driven by empathy. It’s the reason any of us bother to care and love our neighbors in the midst of an upside-down, messed up, inside-out world. Because we believe it matters. Because we have hope”
To win a copy of this book for yourself, please:
- Comment below with one thing that gives you hope during this season or one thing you are actively doing to be more antiracist
- open to US only
- must be 18 or older
- ends 8/29/21 at midnight EST
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