Now What?: How to Move Forward When We're Divided About Basically Everything

  • 5h 1m 3s
  • Beth Silvers, Sarah Stewart Holland
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2022

From friendships to Facebook to far-off countries, what do we do when our lives seem mired in conflict? How do we find connection when our differences are constantly on display and even exacerbated by algorithms and echo chambers? How do we build a kinder society?

If you are tired of the anxiety, frustration, and fear that pervade your connections with other people, both online and in real life, Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers want you to know one thing—you are not alone. In this book they will help you understand the powerful connections you have with other people on a personal, community-based, national, and even international level. Then they show you how to engage your family with a spirit of curiosity; listen closely to the anxieties and fears of your friends; explore shared values within your community; understand your work as a citizen in a diverse country; and hold lightly those things that are beyond your control around the world.

The status quo isn't working. If you long to be a peacemaker and a positive influence in your spheres, Now What? is your door to a future that is characterized by hope, love, and connection despite our differences.

About the Author

Sarah Stewart Holland is cohost with Beth Silvers of the popular podcast Pantsuit Politics and coauthored I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening): A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversation. She attended Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, and later received her Juris Doctor from American University. Sarah began her career as a congressional staffer, campaign aide, and blogger and social media consultant. She lives in Paducah, Kentucky, where she served a term as a city commissioner and sits on the board of numerous civic organizations. She speaks frequently to universities, businesses, and civic organizations about improving political dialogue. Sarah shares life with her spouse, Nicholas, and children Griffin, Amos, and Felix.

Beth Silvers is cohost with Sarah Stewart Holland of the popular podcast Pantsuit Politics and coauthored I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening): A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversation. She attended Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, and later received her Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky. Beth has practiced law and served as a human resources executive and business coach. She lives in Union, Kentucky, and serves on several local boards of directors. She speaks frequently to universities, businesses, and civic organizations about improving political dialogue. Beth shares life with her spouse, Chad, and children Jane and Ellen.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - Our Families of Origin: Don’t Question Grandma and Other Unwritten Rules
  • Chapter 2 - The Families We Create: We Are More Than Our Opinions about Julia Roberts
  • Chapter 3 - Raising Citizen: “Everything’s Going to Be All Right” and Other Lies We Tell Kids
  • Chapter 4 - Friendships: Best Friends Forever . . . or Until We Disagree
  • Chapter 5 - Workplaces: From the Food Chain to the Garden
  • Chapter 6 - Community-Churches and Nonprofits and Schools: Why Churches Don’t Belong on Yelp
  • Chapter 7 - Local and State Government: Culture Wars and Poop
  • Chapter 8 - National Politics: You Deal with Your Pain Your Way, I Deal with My Pain Mine
  • Chapter 9 - Social Media: Twitter Ain’t Church, but a Group Might Be Good for Your Soul
  • Chapter 10 - Global Politics: Future Problem-Solving Forever
  • Conclusion
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