with a foreword by Lee C. Camp (author 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.

What People Said

“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/professor

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

“A valuable resource”
Brian D. McLaren, author/speaker

“Down-to-earth yet profound”
Marc H. Ellis, author/professor

“As unflinchingly faithful to the Christian gospel as a book can possibly be”
Richard T. Hughes, author/professor

“An important read”
Tarek Abuata, Christian Peacemaker Teams

“Pay serious heed to Michael McRay”
David Dark, author

“Highly recommended”
Gary M. Burge, author/professor

“This book matters … listen closely”
Paul Alexander, author/professor

“Compelling, honest, and engrossing “
Chris Haw, author

“Invites us into new realms of social justice and peacemaking”
Rev. Stephen Sizer, author

“A personal and passionate account”
Kathy Pulley, professor 

“Well-crafted and compelling”
Bruce T. Morrill, SJ, author/professor

“Stop reading these blurbs and buy this book.”
Richard C. Goode, author/professor

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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