Taking Civility Out of the Box: The Insanity of Incivility and What Can Be Done About It by Barbara Mason Condra
Offering a thorough, yet concise discussion of the epidemic of incivility afflicting America, the author challenges readers with simple, practical suggestions at the end of each chapter that can have an impact on the problem. Her granular examination of the thought processes feeding this plague of incivility and disrespect invites serious reflection. The author’s perspective is based on Christian principals and pulls the effectiveness and practicality of Jesus’ teachings on relationships into sharp focus. The author offers no apologies for calling on the Christian community to reassess their perceptions on issues facing our country. For those of us who are disturbed by what’s going on, she makes her case for an about-face attitude adjustment in the way we relate to others, especially those who are “different” or think differently from us.
The book warns of the impending danger to our society if we accept the status quo of contempt and incivility in all areas of our lives. Action is needed NOW and readers are challenged to start a movement that could alter the course we are on.
Some of strategies offered may take readers out of their comfort zones. The book concludes with an invitation to readers to share the strategies with others who don’t like what’s happening. and challenges readers to start a movement that could change the world they live in.
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Barbara is a retired teacher and school administrator. Although this is the first published book she has written she has been writing and doing public speaking throughout her life. Barbara believes that each one of us is here to make a difference in other people’s lives. She has lived out this belief by helping to establish a Christian school in Siliguri, India, serving on a national committee with the Assistance League and serving as president for the Assistance League of Kansas City. Barbara is married to her college sweetheart, Harold. They have two children, six grandchildren and one great grandchild.