The moral, spiritual, and political gap between the red and blue states is deepening. How can "purple" Christians find middle ground in a divided culture? Empowering you to build relationships, Detweiler shares practical strategies for promoting pro-life positions in a pluralistic society, loving members of the gay community, relating to people of other faiths, and more. 250 pages, softcover from Harvest.
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A Purple State of Mind by Craig Detweiler was a shock to my system that made me want to turn off the DVD and put down the book, but Im glad I pressed on. Politically, our nation is separated into red states and blue states. The purple state refers to a merging of the two culturally where we can all just get along. At first, I saw this as the lukewarmness that the author warns about, but as I read (and watched) further, I realized that this wasnt about a Christian easing up on his convictions, but about obedience to Gods command to love others.Craig, the author, and John met in college and were roommates. It was Craigs first year as a Christian and Johns last. When I read that statement, I was intrigued and saddened and curious and prayerful. The four conversations that followed between Craig and his friend, John, are hostile, sometimes blasphemous and painfully real. Where many of us attempt to separate our Christian life from the rest of our existence, A Purple State of Mind shows us just how impossible that is. Christianity is not what we are, it is who we are, if at all. A Purple State of Mind has forever changed me for the better. I have a greater understanding of the concept, love the sinner, not the sin. And I more clearly see the Bible as a mirror to examine myself rather than a microscope to judge others. This book has also made me want to study apologetics so that I better understand why I believe what I believe so that I may be ready to give an answer to the hostile individuals in my life who ask those questions. Craig Detweiler has brought thinking mans Christianity to light.