The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World

Category: Book
By (author): Tutu, Desmond
By (author): Tutu, Mpho
Subject:  PSYCHOLOGY / Emotions
  RELIGION / Spirituality
  SELF-HELP / General
  SELF-HELP / Spiritual
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: March 2014
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in x 0.85in
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From The Publisher*

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Chair of The Elders, and Chair of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, along with his daughter, the Reverend Mpho Tutu, offer a manual on the art of forgiveness-helping us to realize that we are all capable of healing and transformation.

Tutu's role as the Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission taught him much about forgiveness. If you asked anyone what they thought was going to happen to South Africa after apartheid, almost universally it was predicted that the country would be devastated by a comprehensive bloodbath. Yet, instead of revenge and retribution, this new nation chose to tread the difficult path of confession, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

Each of us has a deep need to forgive and to be forgiven. After much reflection on the process of forgiveness, Tutu has seen that there are four important steps to healing: Admitting the wrong and acknowledging the harm; Telling one's story and witnessing the anguish; Asking for forgiveness and granting forgiveness; and renewing or releasing the relationship. Forgiveness is hard work. Sometimes it even feels like an impossible task. But it is only through walking this fourfold path that Tutu says we can free ourselves of the endless and unyielding cycle of pain and retribution. The Book of Forgiving is both a touchstone and a tool, offering Tutu's wise advice and showing the way to experience forgiveness. Ultimately, forgiving is the only means we have to heal ourselves and our aching world.

Review Quote*"A primer for not only finding the path for healing ourselves and the world, but for restoring balance in our biology, mind, and spirit."
Review Quote*"Includes instructions on how to forgive, as well as scientific and moral reasons to do so. No one is unforgiveable; it takes a moral icon such as Tutu to credibly assert this. . . . This book belongs on nightstands, shelves, and altars everywhere."
Review Quote*"There is no one who embodies the virtue of forgiveness like Desmond Tutu. With this book, he and his daughter take forgiveness out of the realm of mystery and offer a handbook on forgiveness, revealing this most exacting and freeing of human capacities in all its complexity and transformative achievability."
Review Quote*"What better guides and teachers on forgiveness than Bishop Tutu and his daughter who have lived faithfully through the hardest most demanding days of South Africa! This book meets an urgent need among us, and does so with wisdom, realism, and generosity."
Review Quote*"Desmond Tutu shows each of us how to transform our pain and sorrow into hope and confidence in the future. Whether you are the head of a country or the head of a household, you will cherish his words."
Review Quote*"For decades [Tutu] has been a moral titan-a voice of principle, an unrelenting champion of justice, and a dedicated peacemaker . . . an outspoken voice for freedom and justice in countries across the globe; a staunch defender of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons."
Review Quote*"[Tutu's] unofficial legacy will be his life and the story of how this tiny pastor with a huge laugh from South Africa became our global guardian."
Review Quote*"Archbishop Tutu has the ability to see our shared humanity in each person he meets, and to get us to do the same."