One: Unity in a Divided World by Deidra Riggs
Our world needs fewer walls and more bridges. Be a bridge builder.
Our world is marked by disagreements and division, and sadly, so are many of our churches. But Jesus said we would be known by our love, not our hate. How do we begin to unify amidst varying opinions, preferences, and political leanings?
In One: Unity in a Divided World, author Deidra Riggs offers words of hope for the family, the church, and our communities. Riggs offers stories as examples of bridge-building in the midst of a world torn apart. Readers find inspiration, encouragement, and hope for unity.
Jesus didn't say the world would know we are his followers by our rhetoric, our political leanings, our charity work, or even by our knowledge of Scripture. He said the world would know us by our love for one another. Yet it's so easy to put others at arm's length, to lash out, to put up walls.
Deidra Riggs calls us to put our focus on self-preservation aside and, like Jesus, make the first move toward reconciliation. She helps us understand that we are secure in God's inexhaustible love, making us free to love others lavishly--not just in what we do but in what we say, what we don't say, what we will endure, and what we will forgive.
Paperback: 208 pages
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.3 ounces
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Diedra Riggs is an author, a speaker, and a self-proclaimed lover of disco. She lives in Bloomfield, Connecticut, with her husband as an empty-nester couple and proud parents of two adult children. They live with Santana, their farm dog named after musician Carlos, and SashaFierce, their Shi-Poo who requires lots of attention.
Through her writing and speaking, Riggs seeks to offer a gentle nudge to the status quo. She additionally seeks to help readers and listeners fully embrace the present life, the only space in which we can receive the best of love.
“This book will challenge, excite, transform, and inspire everyone who dreams of an end to division and polarization—in the Church, in our communities, in the workplace, in our homes, and in our very own souls.”
—John Perkins, cofounder, Christian Community Development Association; founder, John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation, Justice and Christian Community Development; author of Dream with Me
“If you’re searching for tools to help you rebuild unity in today’s divided world, learn from Deidra. She’s a wise, humble, and hope-filled guide.”
—Jo Saxton, speaker and author; board chair of 3D Movements
“One brings hope and healing to a divided and broken people. I highly recommend it to those seeking to understand the first and next steps toward racial unity.”
—Tasha Morrison, founder of Be the Bridge
“Deidra has always been one of my favorite leaders, and with ONE she’s become one of my very favorite storytellers. In ONE, Deidra leads her readers toward reconciliation, justice and peace with urgency, wisdom, and deep compassion. ONE is a vital contribution to the cause of peace and Deidra’s voice is a lighthouse beckoning us home to love.”
— Glennon Doyle Melton, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of LOVE WARRIOR