Like a lot of women, blogger Osheta Moore loved the idea of shalom: God’s dream for a world that is whole, vibrant, and flourishing. But honestly: who's got the time? So one night she whispered a dangerous prayer: God, show me the things that make for peace…
In Shalom Sistas, Moore shares what she learned when she challenged herself to study peace in the Bible for forty days. Taking readers through the twelve points of the Shalom Sistas’ Manifesto, Moore experiments with practices of everyday peacemaking and invites readers to do the same. From dropping “love bombs” on a family vacation, to talking to the coach who called her son the n-word, to spreading shalom with a Swiffer, Moore offers bold steps for crossing lines between black and white, suburban and urban, rich and poor.
What if a bunch of Jesus-following women catch a vision of a vibrant, whole, flourishing world? What happens when Shalom Sistas unite?
Free downloadable study guide available here.
“Osheta Moore is the best sort of friend for this journey of shalom: funny, warm, welcoming, challenging, wise, strong, and real. Osheta gives us the tools and practices to begin to live out our deepest longings for the kingdom of God in the midst of our messy, imperfect lives.”Sarah Bessey, Reviews
“Osheta Moore has a gift for blazing a path toward liberation, hope, and purpose in any circumstance—in times of leisure or stress, abundance or scarcity, clarity or confusion. All people will benefit from her careful and wise guidance.”Christena Cleveland, Reviews
“Shalom Sistas made me want to stand up and cheer! This hopeful manifesto is guaranteed to move you—to action, to peace, and ultimately toward the weird way of Jesus, where the gospel upsets our tired ideas and compels us to greater love.”Shannan Martin, Reviews
“All the jazz hands for this book! Shalom Sistas is the book we all need right now. Osheta Moore will make you laugh, challenge you, and offer you a practical path to peacemaking. You will want to be her friend and show up at her house for red beans and rice.”Melanie Dale, Reviews
“God calls us beyond the surface kinds of friendships we’ve gotten used to and invites us into the richness of deeply meaningful relationships. Shalom Sistas extends the invitation once again, because clearly, God is not giving up on us.”Deidra Riggs, Reviews
“I am so grateful for Osheta Moore’s sassy voice, calling forth the Shalom Sistas of our generation. She invites us to practice ordinary acts of peace. She’s my kind of woman, and I love her book.”Idelette McVicker, Reviews
“In a world often wrought with unrest, Shalom Sistas offers a compelling way forward. A must-read for all who are determined to find and create life-giving spaces in the midst of chaos!”Gail Song Bantum, Reviews
“Osheta Moore is the leader I want to follow. She loves God and is passionate about building God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. If you are committed to seeking shalom right where you are, Shalom Sistas can show you how.”Margot Starbuck, Reviews
“Osheta Moore writes about shalom in the same voice she uses when she calls up a girlfriend from the carpool line. I want to put my phone on speaker and chat with her all day.”Jessica Honegger, Reviews
“Shalom Sistas is a practical, engaging, theologically informed, poignant, and witty presentation of what peacemaking can look like in our time. Anyone who reads Shalom Sistas will be challenged and encouraged to make peacemaking more than just an idea but rather an integral part of everyday life.”Dennis R Edwards, Reviews
“Filled with real stories and tangible practices, Shalom Sistas will challenge, encourage, and strengthen readers to respond to God’s call and bravely engage in the beautiful kingdom work of peacemaking.”Kathy Escobar, Reviews
“Don’t even think about using a highlighter as you read Shalom Sistas. You’ll end up with entire pages colored in neon yellow! Instead, sit down with a cup of coffee, an open heart, and a box of tissues. Osheta Moore writes with conviction and humor about God’s invitation to be a peacemaker.”Kathy Khang, Reviews
“Strolling through the pages of Osheta Moore’s Shalom Sistas is like taking a long walk with a dear friend. Relatable, brave, witty, and inspiring, this intimate work educates and empowers women to seek shalom in every aspect of their lives.”Jessica Kelley, Reviews
“Gloriously filled to the brim with Osheta Moore’s wit, wisdom, courage, and beautiful honesty, Shalom Sistas challenges and propels me toward a joy-infused life of peacemaking for years to come.”Jerusalem Greer, Reviews
“Osheta Moore reminds us all that peacemaking happens in the ordinary spaces of life. Read this book, if you dare, but beware: you might just become convinced that shalom seeking is for regular folks in regular places.”Kurt Willems, Reviews
“Osheta Moore breathes hope into the daily lives of women by exposing the hidden revolution at the heart of the ordinary. With a perfect blend of sass and grace, Osheta casts a vision for a world-rocking peace that takes shape one laundry load at a time.”Meghan Good, Reviews
“Shalom Sistas reorients our daily Christian practice toward God’s dream of shalom. Osheta Moore is thoughtful and down-to-earth, and thankfully, the God she speaks about looks and sounds like Jesus. In an age of despair and violence, this storied manifesto is a necessary encouragement.”Drew G. I. Hart, Reviews
“I can’t remember a book I’ve waited for with more anticipation than Osheta Moore’s Shalom Sistas. Her writing and teaching have revolutionized my life, and her approach to the active, engaged, and vital work of peacemaking has the potential to change our world.”Megan Tietz, Reviews
“A clarion call to justice, peace, and good old-fashioned laughter, Shalom Sistas will leave you changed. It’s a book I can recommend to friends across the political and cultural spectrum—not because it is safe but because it is profoundly, prophetically true.”Rachel Held Evans, Reviews
“Moore, a podcaster and advocate, debuts with a passionate memoir and guidebook to living that is drawn from her experiences as a minister and activist. In 2005 Moore was doing community development work in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina forced her to relocate to Boston. After losing all of her possessions, she had a spiritual reawakening and decided to forge a new identity as a “shalom sista”: a peacemaker grounded in love, not fear. For herself and other followers of Christ who seek peace on Earth, Moore presents a 12-part manifesto that advocates choosing subversive joy, serving before speaking, and telling better stories. She explains how to deepen everyday spirituality through stories of her own life as a black minister and podcaster married to a white minister and raising their three children; through revisiting her blogged essays; and through Bible stories applied to contemporary political situations. With sass, common sense, humor, and wisdom, Moore embraces mothering and sistering, provides recipes, and decries racism. Through all these diverse threads, the book doesn’t become unwieldy. Fans of Elizabeth Cunningham, Anne Lamott, and Nadia Bolz-Weber will be delighted with this new, exciting voice.”Reviews