The Book of Forgiving

The Book of Forgiving

The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World

eBook - 2014
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Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu has witnessed some of the worst crimes people can inflict on others. So wherever he goes, he inevitably gets asked this question. This book is his answer. Writing with his daughter, Mpho, an Anglican priest, they lay out the simple but profound truths about the significance of forgiveness, how it works, why everyone needs to know how to grant it and receive it, and why granting forgiveness is the greatest gift we can give to ourselves when we have been wronged. They explain the four-step process of forgiveness -- Telling the Story, Naming the Hurt, Granting Forgiveness, and Renewing or Releasing the Relationship -- as well as offer meditations, exercises, and prayers to guide the reader along the way. 'With each act of forgiveness, whether small or great, we move toward wholeness, ' they write. 'Forgiveness is how we bring peace to ourselves and our world.
Publisher: San Francisco : HarperOne, 2014
ISBN: 9780062203588
0062203584
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Abrams, Douglas Carlton
Tutu, Mpho A.

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Nobel Laureate and emeritus Archbishop of Cape Town Desmond Tutu is one of the most respected humanitarians alive today. In this 2014 work he provides readers with strategies to implement lasting forgiveness in their lives.


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Summerday18
Apr 24, 2018

Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu joins his daughter Mpho Tutu, who shares a traumatic experience, in outlining a four-step path to forgiveness. Telling your story is the first step, to a kind listener, written down secretly or even shared publicly, if not to the person you are trying to forgive. Tips for listeners are provided, including not to question the facts, one of the features of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The second step is naming the hurt, which can also be healing. In the third step of actually granting forgiveness, we’re encouraged to see the other person as a flawed human just as we are. The final step is renewing or releasing the relationship. Many examples are provided where an amazing new story was created from the renewal of the relationship, but even if renewal is not possible or advisable, creating a new story can transform a victim into a hero. Guidance is also provided on how to ask for forgiveness of another, and how to forgive ourselves. Meditations, journal exercises, and poems are offered to deepen the process. We are encouraged to keep practicing until we learn to forgive automatically. The potential for peace when forgiveness is exercised at the national level or international level is also touched on.

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MaryEllenKaye
Nov 05, 2017

It's the best book on grief that I've ever come across. Each chapter contains helpful invitations to reflect upon, guided meditations to help manage the stress of the topic and journal activities. I found myself wanting to highlight passages of the book, so I ended up buying a copy of the book for my own bookshelf.

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griddling
Oct 18, 2015

This is worth reading. I found it the tools useful and relevant, even for smaller problems. I bought it for myself.

LaughingOne Sep 07, 2014

Quite interesting. Good tools and much to think about.

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kljl
Jul 10, 2014

The book was well laid out and useful.

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