Tension in our personal relationships are at an all-time high. Dialogue-when it happens at all-is heated. It isn't that we've lost hope in what faith and politics can accomplish in our world. It's that in our polarizing times, faith and politics seem to be leading more to rage than actual change. It's discouraging, disheartening, and disappointing. But it doesn't have to stay that way. Civility is not a pipe dream. Nuance is not unrecoverable. Peace is possible. And it can all start right here, right now, with us.
For those who are looking for a better way to engage on the topics that mean the most to them,
for those who are looking to build a bridge with the people politics and religion has isolated them from,
for those who won't settle for the growing space between us and who believe there's a better way,
this book is for you.
Bauer served in President Ronald Reagan's administration for eight years, as Under Secretary of Education and Chief Domestic Policy Advisor.
After leaving the Reagan White House, Bauer became President of the Family Research Council and a Senior Vice President of Focus on the Family.
Bauer took his pro-family, pro-life message across the country during the 2000 Republican presidential primaries and debates.
Today, Bauer serves as a Trump appointee to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, as Chairman of Campaign for Working Families PAC, dedicated to electing conservative candidates to Congress, and as President of American Values, an educational non-profit organization.
In 1973, Bauer received his law degree from Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C. He is married to the former Carol Hoke, and lives in Virginia. Gary and Carol have three grown children.
Chapter 1: Connection vs. Distance
Chapter 2: Presence vs. Desertion
Chapter 3: Out of Bounds vs. Boxed In
Chapter 4: Posture vs. Position
Chapter 5: Faith vs. Fear
Chapter 6: Peacemaker vs. Peacekeeper
Chapter 7: Commonalities vs. Exclusivities
Chapter 8: Re-membering vs. Division
Chapter 9: Curiosity vs. Shaming
Chapter 10: Engagement vs. Building Walls
Chapter 11: Naming vs. Narrative
Chapter 12: Wonder vs. Expectation
Chapter 13: Mystery vs. Certainty
Chapter 14: Liturgy
Personal reflection questions following every chapter in a section called: "What Now?"