In her new book, Loving Well In A Broken World, blogger Lauren Casper draws from the wealth of her own experiences with the missteps and fumbles that she had to overcome to learn how to love better and show how she now adopts those lessons to guide her children in a similar manner. She references Biblical characters and the stories that illustrate the need for more human empathy but she also invokes lessons from pop culture icons like Mother Theresa, Trevor Noah , Elie Weisel and Ta-Nehisi Coates, and shows how she has incorporated their messages into her own habits. Loving Well In A Broken World is not a playbook for what to do in every situation, because among the pages, Casper confesses instances where she’s gotten it very wrong, but with each faux pas she admits, she also counters with the lesson learned and what she would do next time if she had that opportunity again.
Casper’s writing is rich with quotable passages, like this one
Learning to love your neighbors is a little like learning to tune a violin. We have to listen before we can love. Learning from and listening to our neighbors cultivates empathy within us, which enables us to love well. So many hurt feelings, shouting matches, unnecessary offenses, and harmful actions could be avoided if we all tuned out ears to one another.
Because the author is a mother of two children who she and her husband adopted and are raising to overcome physical and developmental disabilities, the personal stories she shares are textured and substantive but also overlaid with raw emotion that makes them immediately relatable. I deeply admired how transparent Casper tried to be in sharing some of the challenges she and her family have faced but also without making her book too prescriptive. Too often, there are people who want to be allies and advocates but their efforts, instead, erase the very voices they set out to champion. I think this author addresses sensitive issues with the right attitude, one of empathy with a view to listen and understand to see if and how to help and if there is one takeaway from this book, it should be to adopt this mindset as a first step to learning how to love better.
Kudos to Lauren Casper for writing a book on how to apply love lessons that are as old as time, but also giving us practical applications for our current times.
What The Publisher Says About Loving Well In A Broken World
How can we love our neighbors amid so much division and hurt?
Loving your neighbor as yourself would be easy if your neighbors were all people you understood, people you agreed with, people like you. But what about playground bullies, colleagues, refugees, online adversaries? They’re all our neighbors, and Jesus said to love them. Every one. But how?
Lauren Casper believes the key is the lost art of empathy, stepping into other people’s shoes and asking what if?—what if it were my child? What if it were me? Casper helps us discover how to
- identify our blind spots and tune our hearts to the stories around us;
- seek and extend forgiveness with grace and humility; and
- engage in diverse and meaningful relationships.
- Title: Loving Well In A Broken World
- Author: Lauren Casper
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 219
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson
- Publication Date: February 18, 2020