Unified

How Our Unlikely Friendship Gives Us Hope for a Divided Country
Narrated by: J D Jackson, John McLain
Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
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Publisher's Summary

In a divided country desperate for unity, two sons of South Carolina show how different races, life experiences, and pathways can lead to a deep friendship - even in a state that was rocked to its core by the 2015 Charleston church shooting. 

Tim Scott, an African-American US senator, and Trey Gowdy, a white US congressman, won’t allow racial lines to divide them. They work together, eat meals together, campaign together, and make decisions together. Yet in the fall of 2010 - as two brand-new members of the US House of Representatives - they did not even know each other. Their story as politicians and friends began the moment they met and is a model for others seeking true reconciliation. 

Here, Senator Scott and Congressman Gowdy, through honesty and vulnerability, inspire others to evaluate their own stories, clean the slate, and extend a hand of friendship that can change your churches, communities, and the world.

©2018 Tim Scott and Trey Gowdy (P)2018 Oasis Audio

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Love + Faith + Compassion = Lasting Friendships

Genuine friendship in politics is almost taboo in today’s political climate. More than that, the friendship these two esteemed gentlemen enjoy is truly transcendent. Admittedly, in most cases, I completely disagree with their political views. However, I can appreciate hard work, genuineness, faith, & civility when I see it. Those are qualities fully displayed in the lives of these two respectable men. What impresses me the most about Sen. Scott & Rep. Gowdy is their persistence in maintaining faith & friendship in a wholly toxic environment. If we only had their story as an example, it’d be a benchmark on the power of friendship which supersedes race, ethnicity, religion, or status. Thank you gentlemen for this inspirational piece of literature!

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Inspirational true story!

The authors are two South Carolina politicians who are close friends, but this must-read book is apolitical. J. D Jackson narrates the part written by Tim Scott while John McLain narrates the words of Trey Gowdy. Very highly recommended!!

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well written

the relationship these two men have forged is an inspiration. this book made me laugh, cry and really reflect on how I can do things differently how to connect with others in a meaningful positive way.

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The heart of the matter

Initially skeptical that two conservative politicians could really bring a message of “unity through determined effort,” I was ultimately convinced they are addressing the heart of the matter for America’s greatest challenge. Unification. If you hesitate to hear/read the book because you disagree with their politics, you are precisely positioned to benefit from their message.

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Great book

You both have done and continue to do great things thank you for sharing. Enjoyed it greatly!

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A ray of hope!

These men are who I want governing our nation. Not because they are Republicans, but because they embody the spiritual faith that made us great. May they be the spark that returns us to the leadership that our constitution and building edifices speak of.

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great read

This should be required reading for all kids high school and college. A book that presents solutions not just problems!

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Love this book

They discussed challenging racial issues facing our country and how they learned from each other and others. This book gives me hope for our country!

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Love the message!

A beautiful story about open hearts and the power of listening and respect. We need more of this in our country, our politicians, ourselves!

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Unexpected & Refreshing!!

I am so grateful to have listened to this book! It’s genuine and clearly from the heart of both these men. You guys have given me hope for our political stage in America. Honestly, you have renewed my heart in a way. With all the overwhelming 24/7 news and information, the political “circus” starts to make one lose hope because of all the mixed up cut-throat messages. It’s hard to believe there’s any good in our politics anymore. Thank you for helping to restore my hope not only in our leaders in government, but in America and the American people.

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  • 10-31-19

interesting and refreshing to hear

Been a fan of Trey Gowdy and what he's done up on capital hill during some of the tumultuous "investigations" and witchhunts around the Trump administration. Admirable dedication to ensuring a just judicial system and process and the importance of evidence. Great prosecutor and committee chairman. Loved watching his cross examination of Hillary Clinton during the Benghazi hearings. What a sharp mind he has ... but he clearly also has a open heart as evidenced in his deep friendship with Tim. Never heard of Tim Scott before reading this book but what a hero he is to have on Capital Hill. Some of his stories of discrimination that he shares (that he has been subjected to) are appalling but his Christ-like responses is inspiring and humbling to those who want to retaliate. A mix between Jesus and Ghandi ... reconciliation based on friendship, listening and sharing what we all have in common... what an inspiring deep friendship these guys have despite their contrasting social histories ... great to see 2 Christian guys transcending politics , gender , race , religion to bring reconciliation ... what a witness.