When people ask me about other books out there that focus on bridge building that I would endorse, I have responded with the same answer every time:
“Unfortunately, and quite sadly, I haven’t found another book that I could get behind that I believe is a true bridge building book.”
That was my answer until now. Friendship at the Margins: Discovering Mutuality in Service and Mission by Christopher Heuertz and Christine Pohl is as real and honest of a confession of bridge building as Love is an Orientation. While I was reading it I kept thinking: It’s as if I wrote this book. They just put into words many of the exact things I have been thinking in my own head.
Heuertz and Pohl speak clearly and poignantly about true reconciliation; diving deeply into living in tension, personal sacrifice, human dignity and what it means to befriend someone not as an evangelism opportunity but as an opportunity to know freedom in being authentic where authenticity is the last thing expected.
This short book (142 pages) is packed with so much brilliant deep reflection and revelation, that every person needs to not only read it, but soak it in and implement its words. If this is done, I promise our culture will look totally different!
In my opinion, this book is required reading for anyone who is serious about building a bridge.
This is not a shameless plug for a friend, it is a serious petition because I know this book will make a significant impact for the Kingdom and advance this bridge building work. And the unique part to Friendship at the Margins is that “margins” can be whatever group is opposite to yourself, no matter where you’re coming from!
I will be starting a devotional series on this book shortly, diving deeper into some of the points that I feel are indispensable. You can purchase Friendship at the Margins here.