I think you’re wrong (but I’m listening)
Run, don’t walk, to get this book! Reshape your thinking, hold on to your convictions, and grow in political conversations through I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening)
Why is this book needed?
With the state of our country and the political environment of much of the last decade, we, as a country, have got to get closer together, instead of further apart. And it shouldn’t take a natural disaster or tragedy to get us there.
We, as a country, need to reshape how we view issues, politicians, and the people around us. We need a reset to realize that people on the “other side” are more like us than we think and we may not know everything we hold to be true.
To reshape our country, we first need to understand what we actually believe and why. This book shows exactly how to do that and go from there. We all come from different background which leads to different conclusions about the world.
Growing up we often discussed two topics most families rarely did: politics and religion. I grew up in a Catholic Republican household. Most of my family was Republican and for years I went along with whatever, half tuning out discussions that were often over my head.
The more I learned through college at the conservative school of Texas A & M University, I found myself pulled in different directions depending on the topic. I consider myself a pro-life Democrat which is a unique label to say the least. I’m somewhat of a news junkie. I’ve recently found Jen Hatmaker through a close friend and through her I found Pantsuit Politics.
This podcast has been my saving grace through the last year. Frequently Sarah and Beth give facts before opinions and in-depth context before sharing their side of the topic. Just recently they gave facts about the Green New Deal in one episode of their podcast before their varying opinions in the next.
Many times while watching the nightly news, I think to myself, Gosh, I hope the Pantsuit Politics ladies will teach me more about this and the history of it in our country.
Reading I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening) gives me great insight to how Sarah and Beth came to the point at while they’re at currently on their podcast. They make discussions look easy, not like many discussions I’ve encountered where I leave angry or in tears.
If you’re tired of always having to pick a side or politicians only voting with their party because of political repercussions, read this book.
Every chapter of I think You’re wrong (But I’m Listening) ends with homework to make you reflect on your thoughts and feeling. After all, we have to start with ourselves. Throughout the book, Sarah and Beth give specific examples of how they’ve changed their views on things by having a real discussion. They’ve opened their minds and allowed a space where they didn’t assume they knew everything about a topic.
Consider an environment where everyone knows the political persuasions of everyone else and it makes things better instead of worse. Instead of seeing someone as a Democrat or Republican, you would see them as the complex person they are. Just because you know someone’s political affiliation, do you know their background, do you know how they feel on each and every issue and the way they came to these beliefs?
There have been many times listening to either the book (thanks Audible) or the Pantsuit Politics podcast that I find myself agreeing with two different sides of one issue. I think Oh Sarah makes so much sense. Wait, so does Beth.
Read this Book and Pass it On
This book and the lessons it teaches are just what we need to reset our political nation. I’ve already learned so much about my upbringing and the assumptions I bring to my beliefs. I’ve seen the need for more in-depth conversations and research. Read this book carefully and thoroughly and pass it on to a friend, loved one, or political leader. Let’s flip around our conversations and political assumptions until the media, politicians, and other Americans follow suit.
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