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Restoring Civility Across the Political Divide

Endorsed by Richard Rohr, noted spiritual teacher:  

“This book is a helpful guide to how to understand people in such a way that you can talk to them more productively.“

Chosen as part of the Civility Project at Oakland City University.

If you would like to order the book, Persuade, Don't Preach: Restoring Civility Across the Political Divide, you can go to,  Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Tolino, Bibliotheca, Vivlio and Kobo. If you want to order books in a quantity for a group or organization, you can order books at a discount directly from the publisher by using the form on the left.  Just click discount bundle.

If you want to form a book study group, be sure to order your copies at a discount using the form at the left and remind Karen via email to send you a free copy of her discussion guide for groups.

Here's a link to an interview with Karen.  

Karen (and her book) has been recently quoted in an article on transphobia on, and one about real life examples of Maslow's hierarchy of needs on upjourney.  She has also been featured in articles on Conflict Resolution Tips on, in an article on how these ideas can help us make ethical decisions in UpJourney, in an article on how to deal with elderly parents, in an article on self love, and article on how to overcome barriers to diversity training, an article on what causes political polarization, an article on how to combat climate change denial and on being a "Karen" in the Newark Star Ledger. Also, here's a link to an interview with her on the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting site: (Quaker). Recently, she was also quoted on how to deal with people who have hurt you in this article in UpJourney.

Bobby Trice, an Engagement Associate at Friends Committee on National Legislation, has written about his understanding of her technique in this blog and is conducting training sessions on this for this lobbying organzation.    

Other features have been on Thrive Authority magazine, Medium and one in the Bucks County Courier Times on the issue of vaccine hesitancy. The Alton Telegraph has featured her tips on how to have a Peaceful Thanksgiving.  And now mentioned in Emotional Intelligence Magazine in an article on why we need to overcome duality!  


An important resource

 “Persuade, Don’t Preach is an important resource for those who would like to see more civil discourse around hard issues in our polarized society. Quakers and others who seek to see that of God in all people will find it especially helpful.”

Brent Bill, Quaker Author

Simple and easy to implement

[Persuade, Don’t Preach] is an amazing breakthrough on getting productive dialogue started … with examples [that] are simple and easy to implement and adapt to personal style.

Patricia Kane, former Director of Education, NJ Audubon

(Karen) is at the cutting edge of this intersection of faith, politics and polarization. 

Our book study group concluded our discussion of Persuade, Don’t Preach a couple of weeks ago, after about 4 months.  It was a very good experience for us, and I believe we all found some new tools that will help us going forward. ,  I find myself pondering which “ethical zone” someone might be operating from, and considering what different approach I might take.  Thank you for the book, and also for the group discussion questions that you shared with me!

Rick Schoeff

Persuade, Don’t Preach offers a fresh look at the United States’ polarized political landscape by examining the ethical frameworks within which liberals and conservatives operate.

Karen Tibbals @KarenTibbals

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