ABOUT THE BOOK
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?
- 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.
Following these steps will enable us to connect in simple but life-altering ways, to respond to conflict with grace, bring about needed change, and shine God’s unconditional love into a dark world.
“With our world feeling more divided than ever, I truly believe this book holds a key for changing hearts, minds, and stories. Loving Well in a Broken World is a humble but challenging book with great possibility to heal. If you have felt despair or hopelessness, Lauren's book is a manifesto and guide for rising to the questions of our time with love and faith and hope.”
—Sarah Bessey, author of Miracles and Other Reasonable Things and Jesus Feminist
“Loving Well in a Broken World” is a powerful and spirited manifesto. Lauren Casper challenges us to break out of our shells and revisit what it means to truly “love our neighbors”. With insight and infectious passion, Casper pushes us to see and embrace empathy in a new way, encouraging us to overcome the ills that often hold us back loving others with abandon.”
—Matthew Paul Turner, author of When God Made You and When I Pray for You
“In a world where we are more connected than ever, yet struggle to really bear one another's burdens in love, Lauren shares with us her hard-won secret to this problem: deciding that if something affects our neighbor, it affects us, too. We are daily confronted with stories of pain, sadness, and injustice and it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless. This book will empower you to truly love your neighbor, even the ones you haven't met yet.”
—Taylor Schumann, writer and contributor to If I Don’t Make It, I Love You
“Casper leads us on a journey to discover what might happen when we start to look at things differently. We're all longing for a deep connection with others in these divided times, and through her captivating story Casper helps us realize this is possible and--as feels urgently important--she shows us how. What a gift!”
—Hayley Morgan, author of Preach to Yourself and co-author of Wild and Free
“Lauren Casper urges us not to settle for fracture when flourishing waits past the edges of our comfort. Bold, luminous, and pulsing with possibility, this book offers the permission we need to trade our fears for the promise of connection. I’m cheering wildly for this one.”
—Shannan Martin, author of The Ministry of Ordinary Places and Falling Free
“It is the answer to our division, the secret to effective leadership, essential to loving our neighbors, and yet a shockingly overlooked practice. Empathy is one of the most underestimated tools in our spiritual tool belt, but through her story telling, self-reflection, and biblical insight, Lauren Casper makes the case for its transformative power. We are a people and a church in desperate need of empathy, which is why I truly believe each of us needs this book. I sure did.”
—Sharon Hodde Miller, author of Nice: Why We Love to Be Liked And How God Calls Us to More
"In a world where division and "us" vs. "them" seems to be growing out of control, Lauren Casper reminds the reader of the lost art of empathy and the power it has to unify and create an "us for them" mentality. Loving Well in a Broken World is a book I hope everyone reads because it reminds how to do just that."
—Heather Avis, bestselling author and narrative shifter
“Lauren Casper’s Loving Well in a Broken World is a kind but firm reminder of what we are called to do: care for one another with empathy and love while navigating this world. Using personal experience and relatable storytelling, Lauren helps us learn how to take a walk in someone else’s shoes. This book is a must read.”
—Rachel Von Stein, writer, speaker, and advocate
"Loving Well in a Broken World is a gift to the church. Lauren discusses the impossibility of love that’s made possible only through seeing and knowing our neighbor, by believing with and for them. In creating the curriculum on how to love, Lauren generously offers up moments of grief, despair, and longing from her own life, allowing her vulnerability to be part of our education. This book anchors the most frustrating, debilitating parts of loving others to the one thing that could make it all worth it: hope. The Bible’s simplest commands are often the hardest to keep, but Loving Well in a Broken World provides essential tools to help us along the way."
—Joy Beth Smith, author of Party of One: Truth, Longing, and the Subtle Art of Singleness
“Loving Well In A Broken World is a book meant to help us each restore the covenant in our own hearts. We are to love God, and love each other. Lauren Casper eloquently helps the reader believe that they can find the strength to love again, even when it hurts.”
—Dr. Heather Thompson Day, author, communication professor, speaker
“It’s the thing so many of us are trying to do, to love those around us while living in a world that is not as it should be. However, I don’t want to listen to just anyone on this topic; I want to hear from the people doing the awkward, difficult, service-centered work of loving their neighbors. Lauren Casper is one of today’s trusted voices in pursuit of empathy. In Loving Well in a Broken World, Lauren shares both personal mishaps and poignant lessons giving her credibility and endearing her to the reader. The world needs more of the life laid out in this book. May we read it and follow Lauren’s lead.”
—Alexandra Kuykendall, author of Loving My Actual Neighbor and co-founder of The Open Door Sisterhood