Loving well in a broken world: Discover the hidden power of empathy

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long-time book discussion leader

Title:

Loving well in a broken world: Discover the hidden power of empathy

Author:

Lauren Casper

Publisher:

Nelson Books

Date:

2020

Format:

Paperback

Length:

221 pages

OVERVIEW


Author Lauren Casper shows readers how to break down barriers by choosing empathy over anger or being judgmental. She discusses, among many things, neighbors, racial issues and the Internet, using her personal experiences as well as Scripture at the start of each chapter and Scriptural stories throughout. She asks “how do we love our neighbors when we’re afraid of stepping on toes or don’t know how to connect” and then goes on to tell us how in very clear terms.

As a person who feels they are empathetic, I have to tell you I was changed by this book. I found myself evaluating my responses to various situations and at times finding myself lacking. Casper’s words provoked a change in my reactions and I am a better person for having read her book. Highly recommended.

ASSESSMENT

Rating (1 to 5):

5

Suggested Audience:

All adult Christians desiring to have a more empathetic approach to life.

Christian Impact:

This book may change the life of the reader by using the key the author gives us: empathy will help us love our neighbors well in this world of anger and outrage.

Other Notes:

Also includes:

-notes for each chapter

-about the author

About Cecelia Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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