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Books by Dr. Brenda

Roadmap to Reconciliation 2.0

Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness, and Justice


We can see the injustice and inequality in our lives and in the world. We are ready to rise up. But how, exactly, do we do this? How does one reconcile? What we need is a clear sense of direction.

Based on her extensive consulting experience with churches, colleges and organizations, Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil has created a roadmap to show us the way. She guides us through the common topics of discussion and past the bumpy social terrain and political boundaries that will arise.

In this revised and expanded edition, McNeil has updated her signature roadmap to incorporate insights from her more recent work. Roadmap to Reconciliation 2.0 includes a new preface and a new chapter on restoration, which address the high costs for people of color who work in reconciliation and their need for continual renewal.

With reflection questions and exercises at the end of each chapter, this book is ideal to read together with your church or organization. If you are ready to take the next step into unity, wholeness, and justice, then this is the book for you.

There is also a Roadmap to Reconciliation 2.0 Implementation Guide (IGuide), which is a companion to be used alongside the book. It is a digital and downloadable PDF curriculum designed to be used as a 6-12 month program for an internal leadership team within a ministry context. This resource guides the process of leading systemic and internal change. The IGuide curriculum includes video and PowerPoint content to supplement all seven IGuide Phases, which correspond with content from the book.


The journey towards engaging deeper levels of reconciliation is an important one, but one also fraught with unforeseen landmines. Organizations looking to walk this path are wise to learn from the wisdom of those have gone before them, and to rely on curriculum that will help steer them through these complicated waters. Roadmap to Reconciliation 2.0 is the fruit of over three decades of lived experience. If your group is looking to undertake a journey to more deeply and authentically engage with reconciliation, you should read this book!

Rev. Dr. Daniel Hill, 

Senior Pastor, River City Community Church, Chicago, 

Author of White Awake


Our church has pursued racial reconciliation and racial justice for several years and Roadmap to Reconciliation 2.0 has helped us honestly evaluate ourselves, our leadership structure, church culture, discipleship practices, and outreach activities in our neighborhood and city. This book will push your church to repent and reflect on individual and systemic injustices. In short, Roadmap to Reconciliation 2.0 is a model for becoming a long-term reconciling community. I highly recommend it!

Dr. Won Kim, Director of Community Groups

New Community Church - Bronzeville, Chicago, IL


The Church needs to recover the systemic realities of justice, advocacy and power that biblical reconciliation was always meant to address is we are going to embody true reconciliation and racial justice. So, if your ministry knows that you should and could do more to live out your commitment to reconciliation and racial justice, but are not sure how to take the next step, this book will guide you on that journey. Roadmap to Reconciliation 2.0 will help you plan for and implement a systemic shift toward faithfulness around reconciliation, race and faith that will bless your ministry and build God’s kingdom! 

Rev. Dr. Liz Mosbo VerHage, 

Associate Pastor of Global & Local Ministries, Quest Church, Seattle, WA


If you liked Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil’s book, Roadmap to Reconciliation, you are going to love this Roadmap 2.0 version! It dives deeper and gives more content into how we pursue this path to reconciliation, while nuancing how the journey is different for people of color and allies, who are trying to walk alongside us. This book take seriously the need for self-care, restoration and being recharged and refilled by the Spirit to be healthy and have longevity in the ministry of reconciliation. If your church or ministry organization is ready to go deeper in your reconciliation journey, this book if for you!


Dominique Gilliard, 

Evangelical Covenant Church Director of Racial Righteousness & Reconciliation

Author of Rethinking Incarceration

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