Particularly helpful are Blackburn’s hands-on applications that range from guided reflections to exercises designed with interaction in mind. (One roleplay centers on resolving challenging relationship issues, and readers are encouraged to practice forgiveness when collaborating with others.) Drawing on her and her interviewees’ personal experiences for learning opportunities, Blackburn shares how she has cultivated inclusivity while building new relationships with co-workers, neighbors, and others—and she commiserates with the inner fears and struggles many face when initiating new friendships or social encounters.
Blackburn professes "I believe that we have no choice but to figure out how to honor, respect, and know 'the others’ in our midst.” That rousing sentiment runs throughout the book as she provides tips to engage in healthy communication and active listening in an effort to build commonality with others. The material is as inspirational as it is constructive, but it’s also practical. Blackburn examines how to set boundaries and stretch comfort zones. This is a winning resource for anyone seeking meaningful and strong connections with the people around them.
Takeaway: Inspiring, practical resource for cultivating multicultural community.
Comparable Titles: Brené Brown’s Atlas of the Heart, Jennie Allen’s Find Your People.
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