Coffee Shop Conversations
Thank you to Zondervan for providing me with a copy of this book.
I found Coffee Shop Conversations to be helpful in showing me how to have meaningful conversations with others who do not share my faith. There is a gentleness,a respect and love in their instruction for being in relationship with others.
Early on in the book, the Finchers remind us that "walling people into categories prevents us from loving them." This is true. We cannot love people if we've made negative judgements and especially when we do it within the first seven seconds of meeting them.
Authors Dale and Jonalyn Fincher are doing great work in the area of developing tolerance toward all.
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Audra…I like the concept of, “having meaningful conversations with others who do not share my faith”. It sounds so respectful of others and their right to choose. D 🙂
I like it too and it's an easy thing for us to forget at times.
Sometimes, if you give a person a chance, you’ll be surprised how more alike we are than different. We are covering for another doctor this week and one of his Muslim patients came in. She was a young mother wearing a veil over her face. But she was so bright and friendly that the two of us chatted and laughed while waiting for the doctor. If you closed your eyes you would have imagined a 20-something in jeans and a rocker t-shirt.
But, honestly, in the back of my mind I couldn’t help wondering how much of a hassle she gets these days because of her traditional dress. We all need to be more tolerant!
This statement says it all “walling people into categories prevents us from loving them.” This is true. We cannot love people if we’ve made negative judgements and especially when we do it within the first seven seconds of meeting them.”
We must see past our own views and see people for how they really are. I have found that we are all much more alike than we are different, no matter what cultural or geographical boundaries may seperate us.
Thanks for your thoughts Keith. I too, am finding that we are so much more alike than different. There is a deep beauty in that.
Great thoughts, thanks for sharing. I'll bet her life is very, very hard. So glad to hear from you!!!!