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From friendships to Facebook to far-off countries, what do we do when our lives seem mired in conflict? How do we find connection when our differences are constantly on display and even exacerbated by algorithms and echo chambers? How do we build a kinder society?
If you are tired of the anxiety, frustration, and fear that pervade your connections with other people, both online and in real life, Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers want you to know one thing–you are not alone. In this book they will help you understand the powerful connections you have with other people on a personal, community-based, national, and even international level. Then they show you how to
– engage your family with a spirit of curiosity
– listen closely to the anxieties and fears of your friends
– explore shared values within your community
– understand your work as a citizen in a diverse country
– hold lightly those things that are beyond your control around the world
The status quo isn’t working. If you long to be a peacemaker and a positive influence in your spheres, Now What? is your door to a future that is characterized by hope, love, and connection despite our differences.
So much valuable advice!
Remember when you were in school (high school, college, whatever) and you were reading your text book and highlighting the important themes or vocabular words or passages about notable people…and the next thing you knew you’d highlighted the entire page? That’s what happens with this book. There is SO much greatness it is hard to explain. So may small things that I could identify with and think, “YES! That’s exactly it!” or “ooooh, that would have been so useful in that messy conversation.” Divided up into really well-thought-out chapters, this book will be incredibly valuable to refer back to and reread topics that arise at any given point in my life.
A gentle taking of your hand and guiding you through difficult things.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve grown to embrace the idea that sometimes we each just need someone to take our hand and lead us through the messiness that life hands us. Someone gently saying, “that’s not how things work, you probably need to take a step back, and perhaps consider this.” How often do we, as humans, get caught up in the thick of a life event (good or rough), look around, and think, “wait – I’M the grown-up here?” Now What? can provide support when you want to find an adultier adult, but you know that needs to be you.
The Final Verdict
My rating: 5 stars
Would I recommend? Yes
I highly recommend this book!
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