The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict – Book Review

The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict by The Arbinger Institute June 2015 – Conflict in high places, conflict in low places. There is no escape from intolerance within that becomes battles without. The world needs to practice what is conveyed in this book. Fostering peace is a heart level strategy. When a friend gave me a copy of this book she told me it was life changing. share_04I wondered what was in it that impressed her with such cogency. Through the pages of this book, I came to understand why she said with unwavering conviction that this book had undeniable truths that could make a difference in whether relationships were built or destroyed because of how conflicts were handled. Written in almost the style of a novel, this volume is packed with realism and authentic wisdom. Early in the book I caught this quote, “The secret to war is to have a heart at peace.”  Read the full review of the book here.


Joy will not find you … go find it and bring it back.

Confused about the way you should go? Me too. In fact I was contemplating this morning and before I had a chance to stress about it, I decided to write to God. As I was writing out my prayer “Read Psalms” came to my mind. I chose Psalm 32 and look what it says in verse 8. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

You know what? Nothing catches God by surprise. He has our life all mapped out for us. I’m going to make the best choices I’m capable of, and trust that God has his loving eyes on me. If I mess up, He’s going to cover for me because he knows I’m not perfect – but I’m loved.

What’s on your mind today? If there are any embers of worry and doubt, maybe you can take time to talk to God about it and find confidence instead of conflict. I didn’t want to bring this up, but well, here is is in verse 9. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.

Don’t worry though. God isn’t going to hold that against you. See? Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him.

Look for the good in every day. I know. It can be pretty tough, but there is something to be thankful for, there is some element of joy in every day. Joy is not going to find you. You have to go find it and bring it back. Then share it – lavishly share it!

Treat yourself to joy every day!