I am 100% convinced that story is the answer to most everything that ails us, divides us. If we sit and really listen to someone share their story, share their truth, even if we’re coming from completely opposite ends of the proverbial spectrum, it changes us. We find room for empathy, for love, in spite of differences.
I recently read a book called Hillbilly Elegy, a stark contrast to my usual fare of black history, racial reconciliation, and refugees (and 1984). And, because of the author’s brilliant, honest storytelling, I found myself understanding why the working class poor viewed the recent election so differently than I did. Do I agree with them? Have I changed my worldview? No, but I have more compassion.
May I encourage you to read my friend Brett Trapp’s story of coming out gay as a preacher’s son in the conservative South? It will touch your heart, I promise. Will you walk away having changed your mind about what you believe the Bible says about homosexuality? Possibly, but probably not. But your heart will be bigger for hearing about his life and struggles.
I’m finishing up my latest e-book, Shipwrecked: the Unlikely (but True) Story of a Family Rescued by Refugees. I so want everyone I know to read it, and not just for the $2 I’ll get per copy ordered (you can have it for free). Will it change your mind about executive orders and letting more refugees into the U.S.? Maybe, maybe not, but it will expand your heart to let more people in.
Whose story have you read lately that grew your heart?
p.s. I’m looking for “People of Peace” to read my new e-book (FREE copy!) and share it with friends. Let me know if that’s you.