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Shalom Sistas

Living Wholeheartedly in a Brokenhearted World
Shalom Sistas

By author: Osheta Moore   Foreword by: Sarah Bessey
Product Code: 01490
ISBN: 9781513801490
Pages: 248
Binding Information: Paperback / softback
Size: 8.50 x 5.50 inches

Publication Date: 10/3/2017

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Like a lot of women, blogger Osheta Moore loved the idea of shalom: God’s dream for a world that is whole, vibrant, and flourishing. But honestly: who's got the time? So one night she whispered a dangerous prayer: God, show me the things that make for peace…

In Shalom Sistas, Moore shares what she learned when she challenged herself to study peace in the Bible for forty days. Taking readers through the twelve points of the Shalom Sistas’ Manifesto, Moore experiments with practices of everyday peacemaking and invites readers to do the same. From dropping “love bombs” on a family vacation, to talking to the coach who called her son the n-word, to spreading shalom with a Swiffer, Moore offers bold steps for crossing lines between black and white, suburban and urban, rich and poor.

What if a bunch of Jesus-following women catch a vision of a vibrant, whole, flourishing world? What happens when Shalom Sistas unite?

Free downloadable study guide available here.

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Review: Publishers Weekly starred review - September 1, 2017
“Moore, a podcaster and advocate, debuts with a passionate memoir and guidebook to living that is drawn from her experiences as a minister and activist. In 2005 Moore was doing community development work in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina forced her to relocate to Boston. After losing all of her possessions, she had a spiritual reawakening and decided to forge a new identity as a “shalom sista”: a peacemaker grounded in love, not fear. For herself and other followers of Christ who seek peace on Earth, Moore presents a 12-part manifesto that advocates choosing subversive joy, serving before speaking, and telling better stories. She explains how to deepen everyday spirituality through stories of her own life as a black minister and podcaster married to a white minister and raising their three children; through revisiting her blogged essays; and through Bible stories applied to contemporary political situations. With sass, common sense, humor, and wisdom, Moore embraces mothering and sistering, provides recipes, and decries racism. Through all these diverse threads, the book doesn’t become unwieldy. Fans of Elizabeth Cunningham, Anne Lamott, and Nadia Bolz-Weber will be delighted with this new, exciting voice.”
Review by: Rachel Held Evans, author of Searching for Sunday and A Year of Biblical Womanhood - August 3, 2017
“A clarion call to justice, peace, and good old-fashioned laughter, Shalom Sistas will leave you changed. It’s a book I can recommend to friends across the political and cultural spectrum—not because it is safe but because it is profoundly, prophetically true.”
Review by: Bruxy Cavey, Author of Reunion and teaching pastor at The Meeting House - July 7, 2017
“Thank you, Osheta Moore, for capturing the joyful challenge of being a peacemaker! Shalom Sistas will shake up your conceptions of what it means to follow Jesus.”
Review by: Sarah Bessey, Author of Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith - June 6, 2017
“Osheta Moore is the best sort of friend for this journey of shalom: funny, warm, welcoming, challenging, wise, strong, and real. Osheta gives us the tools and practices to begin to live out our deepest longings for the kingdom of God in the midst of our messy, imperfect lives.”
Review by: Christena Cleveland, Author of Disunity in Christ - June 6, 2017
“Osheta Moore has a gift for blazing a path toward liberation, hope, and purpose in any circumstance—in times of leisure or stress, abundance or scarcity, clarity or confusion. All people will benefit from her careful and wise guidance.”
Review by: Shannan Martin, Author of Falling Free - June 6, 2017
“Shalom Sistas made me want to stand up and cheer! This hopeful manifesto is guaranteed to move you—to action, to peace, and ultimately toward the weird way of Jesus, where the gospel upsets our tired ideas and compels us to greater love.”
Review by: Melanie Dale, Author of It’s Not Fair and Women Are Scary - June 6, 2017
“All the jazz hands for this book! Shalom Sistas is the book we all need right now. Osheta Moore will make you laugh, challenge you, and offer you a practical path to peacemaking. You will want to be her friend and show up at her house for red beans and rice.”
Review by: Deidra Riggs, Author of One and Every Little Thing - June 6, 2017
“God calls us beyond the surface kinds of friendships we’ve gotten used to and invites us into the richness of deeply meaningful relationships. Shalom Sistas extends the invitation once again, because clearly, God is not giving up on us.”
Review by: Idelette McVicker, Founder of SheLoves magazine - June 6, 2017
“I am so grateful for Osheta Moore’s sassy voice, calling forth the Shalom Sistas of our generation. She invites us to practice ordinary acts of peace. She’s my kind of woman, and I love her book.”
Review by: Gail Song Bantum, Executive pastor of Quest Church - June 6, 2017
“In a world often wrought with unrest, Shalom Sistas offers a compelling way forward. A must-read for all who are determined to find and create life-giving spaces in the midst of chaos!”
Review by: Margot Starbuck, Author of Small Things with Great Love and coauthor of Overplayed - June 6, 2017
“Osheta Moore is the leader I want to follow. She loves God and is passionate about building God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. If you are committed to seeking shalom right where you are, Shalom Sistas can show you how.”
Review by: Jessica Honegger, Founder of Noonday Collections - June 6, 2017
“Osheta Moore writes about shalom in the same voice she uses when she calls up a girlfriend from the carpool line. I want to put my phone on speaker and chat with her all day.”
Review by: Dennis Edwards, Senior pastor of Sanctuary Covenant Church - June 6, 2017
“Shalom Sistas is a practical, engaging, theologically informed, poignant, and witty presentation of what peacemaking can look like in our time. Anyone who reads Shalom Sistas will be challenged and encouraged to make peacemaking more than just an idea but rather an integral part of everyday life.”
Review by: Kathy Escobar, Author of Faith Shift - June 6, 2017
“Filled with real stories and tangible practices, Shalom Sistas will challenge, encourage, and strengthen readers to respond to God’s call and bravely engage in the beautiful kingdom work of peacemaking.”
Review by: Kathy Khang, coauthor of More Than Serving Tea - June 6, 2017
“Don’t even think about using a highlighter as you read Shalom Sistas. You’ll end up with entire pages colored in neon yellow! Instead, sit down with a cup of coffee, an open heart, and a box of tissues. Osheta Moore writes with conviction and humor about God’s invitation to be a peacemaker.”
Review by: Jessica Kelley, Author of Lord Willing? - June 6, 2017
“Strolling through the pages of Osheta Moore’s Shalom Sistas is like taking a long walk with a dear friend. Relatable, brave, witty, and inspiring, this intimate work educates and empowers women to seek shalom in every aspect of their lives.”
Review by: Jerusalem Greer, Author of At Home in This Life - June 6, 2017
“Gloriously filled to the brim with Osheta Moore’s wit, wisdom, courage, and beautiful honesty, Shalom Sistas challenges and propels me toward a joy-infused life of peacemaking for years to come.”
Review by: Kurt Willems, Pastor of Pangea Church and podcaster at Theology Curator - June 6, 2017
“Osheta Moore reminds us all that peacemaking happens in the ordinary spaces of life. Read this book, if you dare, but beware: you might just become convinced that shalom seeking is for regular folks in regular places.”
Review by: Meghan Good, Teaching pastor at Trinity Mennonite Church - June 6, 2017
“Osheta Moore breathes hope into the daily lives of women by exposing the hidden revolution at the heart of the ordinary. With a perfect blend of sass and grace, Osheta casts a vision for a world-rocking peace that takes shape one laundry load at a time.”
Review by: Drew Hart, Author of Trouble I’ve Seen and assistant professor of theology at Messiah - June 6, 2017
“Shalom Sistas reorients our daily Christian practice toward God’s dream of shalom. Osheta Moore is thoughtful and down-to-earth, and thankfully, the God she speaks about looks and sounds like Jesus. In an age of despair and violence, this storied manifesto is a necessary encouragement.”
Review by: Megan Tietz, Creator and host of Sorta Awesome podcast - June 6, 2017
“I can’t remember a book I’ve waited for with more anticipation than Osheta Moore’s Shalom Sistas. Her writing and teaching have revolutionized my life, and her approach to the active, engaged, and vital work of peacemaking has the potential to change our world.”

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