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  • Book Imparts Valuable Insights

    “Persude, Don’t Preach: Restoring Civility across the Political Divide,” is a must-read for any individual, group, or organization that seeks to influence or sway others to their point-of-view. In what is a very divided country, Americans are either talking passed each other ineffectively, or retreating into the safety of the communities to which they belong and identify. Building on the insightful concepts introduced in her first book, “Ethical Frames”, Karen J. Tibbals masterfully delivers a deep dive into how people’s inherent and/or learned beliefs and values filter their world view. And if you want to influence them or change their behavior in some way, you first need to understand their values and beliefs, or Ethical Frames. After explaining the richly researched science behind her key concepts, such as how our sense of Belonging drives our attitudes, Tibbals provides a thoughtful, pragmatic step-by-step process for initiating effective communications with others despite our different mindsets. While it’s challenging to sum up such a detailed, documented work in just a few words, suffice it to say, this book is a blueprint for communicating respectfully across our many cultural, social, and political divides to influence, persuade, and inspire change.

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  • Great tips for understanding and persuading others

    This book provided relevant and easy-to-follow examples and tips for how to communicate and persuade others. It focuses mostly on political issues but these tips could be applied to any message you are trying to convey. I often struggle with understanding how others could disagree with me on what feels (to me) like very obvious "right" and "wrong" issues. This book helps to uncover the underlying ethical framework that lead people to their beliefs and disagreements and defines strategies for leveraging those ethical zones to get others to see your point of view. Once you read the book, you start seeing examples everywhere of how the concepts could be/are being used!

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  • Ethics and Politics

    I am not quite sure what to think about this book. For one thing, I don't think the title of the book really conveys what it is about. It doesn't really seem to be about persuading, not preaching. Rather, the author puts forth an ethical framework—which takes a substantial amount of the book to explain—that is meant to help us understand why people on opposing sides of a political debate think in such very different ways and explains why sometimes it is so difficult to find common ground. In the rest of the book, she specifically looks at certain issues within the current political climate. She also looks at the ideal ethical framework for understanding. The bulk of this book is pretty heady stuff, very theoretical and not seemingly practical. It does get more interesting when she gets more specific about things that are going on in the current political climate, but I felt like she sometimes stopped short of fully explaining the relation of those current issues to her broader theoretical ones. I like to think I'm relatively smart, but even I found parts of this book confusing, even if it was interesting. If you want to stretch your brain a little and consider politics from a broader ethical perspective, you might enjoy reading this book. I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.

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