I coauthored my first book with someone who used to be one of my closest friends. Ironically (and that’s using the true sense of the word ironic), even though she and I were both Certified Christian Conciliators with The Institute for Christian Conciliation, we got into a terrible conflict while we were writing the book Peacemaking Women. So we had to hire two mediators (one of whom we had trained on how to be a Christian mediator!) to mediate this book. Life is so crazy sometimes!
You can read all about our conflict, mediation, and reconciliation in the Conclusion of the book.
Tara Klena Barthel formerly served as the Director of the Institute for Christian Conciliation. As such, she oversaw the delivery of all conciliation services and advanced conciliator training. Currently, she serves her family as a homemaker while regularly mediating, writing, and speaking at conferences and retreats. Prior to moving to Billings, Montana to lead The Institute for Christian Conciliation, she worked as an attorney and business consultant in Chicago. Tara earned her law degree and M.B.A. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and her B.A. in psychology from Augustana College (Illinois). Tara is currently enrolled at Reformed Theological Seminary where she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Religion.