Neighborliness: Love Like Jesus. Cross Dividing Lines. Transform Your Community.
By David Docusen
Paperback ~ Kindle ~ Audiobook
Do you want to love your neighbor as yourself but don’t know where to start? This practical, accessible guide to bridging the dividing lines of politics, race, and economics, both individually and as the church, will help you amplify Jesus in your community and build God’s kingdom.
When asked what the greatest commandment is, Jesus gave a two-part answer: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” and also “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Love God. Love others.
Jesus’ simple command to love your neighbor can feel overwhelming when your neighbor looks, lives, and votes differently than you do. Racial and economic tensions across the country have resulted in deep dividing lines that seem really intimidating to cross.
Docusen breaks down these lines in approachable chapters, including topics like these:
- how to actively seek out people you can benefit and encourage,
- what it means to find a diverse and supportive community that fulfills needs,
- examples of real-life experiences, including highlights and missteps of Docusen’s ongoing journey, and
- how churches can teach on difficult topics with grace and truth.
What a wonderful and humble story. We get a real inside look into David’s life and the barriers he finds in the church. As a Christian I’ve seen this in my life through some of the churches I’ve been to. My life was far from perfect and for the larger half of my life I struggled with addiction. With God’s love and mercy I made it out of that life alive. However, I’ve been to churches where I feel like a complete outcast – tattooed, broken teeth and poverty stricken – and it’s sad to watch people look down on me when they are supposed to be Christians themselves. I’ve also been to churches where I felt totally at home and loved – no matter my appearance or lack of fancy clothes. We are all God’s children and should be treated equally. David Docusen really drives this home – Love your God and your neighbor. A wonderful book.
About The Author
David Docusen has spent twenty years investing into communities as a pastor, speaker, teacher, advocate, and author. After pastoring in the local church for twenty years, David and his wife, Dara, launched Docusen Ministries. Now, through the Neighborliness Center, David invests in churches, nonprofits, and businesses across the world through speaking, teaching, and writing. After completing his doctoral degree studying the cyclical patterns of generational poverty, he worked with a group of businesspeople as a founding board member of Freedom Communities, an organization that focuses on equitable access to education, employment, healthcare, and housing. He travels and speaks extensively to churches, community groups, and universities in spreading the Neighborliness message, and he also serves as a member of the executive board of Relevant magazine. David and Dara live in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with their four kids: Max, Mary, Jack, and Ben.
Huge thanks to Front Gate Media, Thomas Nelson Books & David Docusen for my gifted copy. To grab a copy for yourself click the link below!
Have a blessed day my friends!