If you are in a family you gotta learn to fight. Dan and I stepped into our marriage not having a clue on how to resolve clashes. Contrary to what outsiders may think, Christian homes are not immune to conflict, and we longed desperately for someone to show us the Biblical way to disagree. We watched how other families handled conflict. Most were peace-breakers, resolving conflicts by manipulation. Others performed as peace-fakers, denying that there were any conflicts. But we didn't find many who knew how to operate as peacemakers, responding to conflicts in a Biblically faithful manner.
If you believe peacemaking is essential to your Christian witness then shouldn't it have a profound effect on how you raise your children? Ken Sande, with the help of credible real-life stories, explains how to build a harmonious home based on basic conflict resolution skills found in Scripture. Through Scripture, we see that relationships invariably involve conflict. God, through His Word, teaches us how to respond to these conflicts in a variety of constructive ways. The Scriptures were given to us not because we intuitively respond right, but because we don't. We need commands about love because we instinctively hate, submission because we desire to rule, and obedience because we are naturally inclined to rebel.
Knowing how to be a peacemaker will equip you and your children for a victorious life in your careers, church fellowship and homes. After 25 years of marriage, we still don't have it right, but we are getting closer, thanks to exceptional books like Peacemaking for Families.