with a foreword by Lee C. Campauthor of Who Is My Enemy?

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letterstrans.jpgFrom the back

In 1984, Ron Sider challenged that until Christians are ready to risk everything in pursuit of peace, “we dare never whisper another word about pacifism … Unless we are ready to die developing new nonviolent attempts to reduce conflict, we should confess that we never really meant that the cross was an alternative to the sword.”  From this challenge, Christian Peacemaker Teams was born. Nearly 30 years later, Michael McRay too explored Sider’s challenge, interning with CPT in the West Bank city of Hebron. Alongside local and international peacemakers, McRay learned how to resist the violence of occupation, sharing in the stories of a suffering people as he struggled to embody the peaceable spirit of the rabbi from Nazareth. This book tells those stories.

Drawing on his personal experience with the land and its history, McRay’s raw letters home tackle critical issues relevant to peacemakers everywhere: What is really happening in Palestine that mainstream media fails to report? How are Palestinians’ lives being affected? How can one be peaceable amidst such violence and oppression? How should Christian discipleship influence one’s pursuits of peacemaking and reconciliation? McRay’s letters illustrate both the challenge and promise of the cross in today’s world.

 


“Our field needs passionate, on-the-ground, firsthand descriptions of the challenges of constructively engaging … conflict. McRay’s book provides … such”
— John Paul Lederach, author of The Moral Imagination

 

“Surprisingly invitational … worth reading and rereading”
— Kathy Kelly, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

 

A valuable resource”
— Brian D. McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christianity

 

“Down-to-earth yet profound”
— Marc H. Ellis, author of Toward a Jewish Theology of Liberation

 

“As unflinchingly faithful to the Christian gospel as a book can possibly be”
— Richard T. Hughes, author of Myths America Lives By

 

“An important read”
— Tarek Abuata, Executive Director of Friends of Sabeel, North America

 

“Pay serious heed to Michael McRay”
— David Dark, author of Life’s Too Short to Pretend You’re Not Religious

 

“Highly recommended”
— Gary M. Burge, author of Whose Land? Whose Promise?

 

“This book matters … listen closely”
— Paul Alexander, author/professor at Eastern University

 

“Compelling, honest, and engrossing “
— Chris Haw, author of From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart

 

“Invites us into new realms of social justice and peacemaking”
— Rev. Stephen Sizer, founder and director of Peacemaker Trust

 

“A personal and passionate account”
-— Kathy Pulley, professor of Religious Studies at Missouri State University

 

“Well-crafted and compelling”
— Bruce T. Morrill, SJ, Chair of Catholic Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School

 

“Stop reading these blurbs and buy this book.”
— Richard C. Goode, Professor of History, Lipscomb University

 

Below is a short video summary of a book talk at Lipscomb University, in Nashville, TN on October 21, 2013.

Below is a video interview (March 22, 2013) by Dr. Gladys Ganiel in Belfast about Letters from “Apartheid Street”.

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