A Purple State of Mind: Finding Middle Ground in a Divided Culture
Our culture is reeling from divisiveness and strife. People are divided politically (into red and blue states), morally, and spiritually. Successful author and Hollywood filmmaker Craig Detweiler reveals how to be a “purple” Christian—a follower of Christ who finds middle ground, not to compromise but to converse. He empowers readers to build relationships rather than erect barriers so they can more effectively communicate and live out the good news. This relevant and practical guide reveals ways to...* communicate the gospel with humility* promote prolife and pro–family positions in a pluralistic society* love members of the gay community* relate to people in other faith traditionsThe Christian community has become known for what it opposes rather than what it proposes—faith, hope, and love. A Purple State of Mind dismantles unhelpful misrepresentations of Jesus’ life–giving message and presents it in a fresh, contemporary way.
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Part 3 of Craig Detweiler discussing his new book "A Purple State of Mind: Finding Middle Ground in A Divided Culture."

Part 2 of Craig Detweiler discussing his new book "A Purple State of Mind: Finding Middle Ground in A Divided Culture."

Part 1 of Craig Detweiler discussing his new book "A Purple State of Mind: Finding Middle Ground in A Divided Culture."

Craig Detweiler and John Marks have known each other for twenty-five years. When they roomed together as sophomores at Davidson College, they were devout Christians. It was Craig's first year in the faith, John's last. After college, they parted ways, and when they met again, years later, they never talked about what happened... until now... Check out the movie 'Behind the Scenes' on Craig's and John's journey together.
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As a Christian living in a blue state, I was interested in reading Purple State of Mind. The advertisements made it sound as though it would be a good discussion between an intelligent and committed Christian and an intelligent atheist/agnostic. It was noted that the two had been friends for a long time and that they dialogued together about their differences to help create more understanding of where both were coming from.


This is the story of a conversation between two old friends. They roomed together as sophomores at Davidson College in 1985. They were both devout Christians. It was Craig Detweiler's first year as a Christian and John Marks's last. Craig went on to become a film producer, minister and seminary professor. John pursued a career in journalism including 60 MINUTES. When he was laid off from 60 MINUTES, he remembered a question asked of him by a Christian couple he interviewed for a special on the hugely successful Biblical End Times series called LEFT BEHIND.