The Peacemaker: Student Edition – Handling Conflict without Fighting Back or Running Away


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Sooner or later, conflict will come. But how you handle it makes all the difference.

You might be dealing with a bully at school, parents who just won't see things your way, a coach who has it in for you, or some other conflict; it's a part of life you can't escape. The good news is that God cares about your struggles and gives you powerful truths in his Word. Practice his way of handling issues and you can start turning frustrating conflicts into opportunities to grow closer to others and to him. You'll learn:

  • When to defend your rights
  • When to forgive
  • How to strike bargains
  • When you should (and shouldn't!) let it go
  • How to admit wrongs

In a world full of conflict, God wants to involve you in making peace. This book shows you how to approach conflict in any situation in a way that will change your relationships--and your life.

This edition of The Peacemaker includes questions for discussion and reflection and has been completely rewritten with young people in mind.


"The Peacemaker Student Edition is engaging, concise, practical, and biblically on-target. Ken Sande and Kevin Johnson have done a marvelous job with this book. It has life-changing and freedom-giving potential for young and old alike. I highly recommend it, as I do Peacemaker Ministries."--Randy Alcorn, author, HeavenThe Grace and Truth Paradox, and Safely Home

"Conflict is a part of life. What makes this book so important is that Ken and Kevin understand that resolving conflict is not simply a skill that can be taught. It's how we live out the reality of the gospel in our own lives. Jesus said that the whole of the Old Testament can be summed up in two commands--to love God and to love our neighbor. This book will help students understand what to do and how, through the power of God's Holy Spirit, to do it."--Bob Lepine, co-host, FamilyLife Today

"Having seen the effectiveness of peacemaker training in my church, I am excited to recommend this student edition. This should be a must read for all students. It is practical, clear, insightful, and motivating as well as scriptural. Not only does this book teach God's way of handling conflict, but it is useful in building confidence and leadership by example."--Joel C. Hunter, senior pastor, Northland--A Church Distributed, Orlando, Florida

"The Peacemaker Student Edition is an excellent, biblically sound book that provides age appropriate peacemaking illustrations for youth. I highly recommend it as a resource to teach high school students principles of biblical peacemaking which can be used throughout their lives."--Tony Evans, senior pastor, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship; president, The Urban Alternative

"Ken and Kevin rightly call this the 'student edition,' and their wisdom will help young adults who are still in school. But we're all 'students' in the deeper sense. The biblical word for it is disciple. And though my student days lay far in the past, this book taught and re-taught me many things essential to living well."--David Powlison, author, Speaking Truth in Love; editor, The Journal of Biblical Counseling


Ken Sande

Ken Sande is the founder of Peacemaker Ministries, the Institute for Christian Conciliation and Relational Wisdom 360. Trained as an engineer, lawyer and mediator, Ken has conciliated hundreds of family, business, church, and legal conflicts. As president of RW360, he now focuses on teaching people how to "get upstream of conflict" by developing skills that strengthen relationships and reduce conflict in the family, church and workplace. He teaches internationally and is the author of numerous books, articles, and training resources, including The Peacemaker, which has sold over 500,000 copies in seventeen languages. He is a Certified Relational Wisdom Instructor and Conciliator, Emotional Intelligence Certified Instructor (through TalentSmart), and has served as a church elder and as an Editorial Adviser for Christianity Today. He and his wife, Corlette, have married children and a growing number of grandchildren, and love to hike and ski in the mountains near their home in Billings, Montana.


Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson ( is the creator of the first-of-its-kind Pray the Scriptures Bible and the bestselling author or coauthor of more than sixy books and Bible products for adults, students, and children. His training includes an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary and a BA in English and print journalism from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. With a background as a youth worker, senior nonfiction book editor, and teaching pastor, he is now a career consultant and executive coach in Minnesota, helping people take their bold next steps in work and life. Kevin is married to Lyn, and they have three grown children.


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