Required Reading for Any Bridge Builder

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.

Much love.

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About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • carl

    It’s already on my on-deck pile. I LOVED Simple Spirituality. In fact, it was one of the few books better than Love Is an Orientation from last year. :)

  • http://www.loveisanorientation.com Andrew Marin

    Carl – :) Alright, alright…I’ll give it to you.

  • Heidi Miller

    So…do you know the authors? Because, WEIRDLY, I work in an office right next to one of them! I have never heard of this book before though! I am putting it on my must read list and I will definitely be asking Christine about this tomorrow morning! :)

    • http://www.loveisanorientation.com Andrew Marin

      I don’t know Christine, but I know Chris Heuertz really well. I believe in this book so very, very much! They did an unreal job.


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