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In Defense of Kindness

Why It Matters, How It Changes Our Lives, and How It Can Save the World

Bruce Reyes-Chow

144 pages
Chalice Press
When did kindess become a sign of weakness? What if kindness actually has the power to change the world? Culture is at a crossroads when it comes to kindness. These days we either view kindess as an inert act based on the absence of being a jerk, or we see acts of kindness as heroic and herculean, beyond the reach and capability of mere mortals. Choosing kindness is also exhausting. The public and private back-and-forth exchanges of hatred and de-humanizing that is more about ratings, retweets, and winning than relationships and community is taking a toll on our motivation to even contemplate kindness as a valid response. In Defense of Kindness makes a case that we each can choose kindness as a way to experience community and wholeness in new ways. With a playful spirit, tender heart, and unwavering commitment to justice, "kindness enthusiast" Reyes-Chow explores the many ways in which kindness can bring about healing, wholeness, and hope in ourselves and the world. Through unfiltered sharing of his own experiences, Bruce invites the reader into an adventure of discovery and rediscovery of kindness of heart, mind, spirit, and action.
Author Bio
Bruce Reyes-Chow is a kindness enthusiast. A Presbyterian pastor, leadership coach, spouse, and parent to three children, he has spent 25 years working with individuals and organizations helping them to work through conflict and change having to do with technology, race, relationships, religion, leadership, and change. He is the author of several books, including But I Don’t See You as Asian: Curating Conversations About Race and Rule #2: Don’t Be an Asshat: An Official Handbook for Raising Parents and Children.