No Future Without Forgiveness is Tutu's remarkable personal memoir of his time as chair of the commission. It records his insistence of the need to discover a "third way" in the healing of the national psyche and his powerful belief that "we can indeed transcend the conflicts of the past, we can hold hands as we realize our common humanity." Tutu's characteristic humor, resilience, and compassion are evoked in a way that demonstrates how essential they have been to his unique political style--and his ability to get results where all others failed. He recalls the darkest days of apartheid's "vicious awfulness" when, preaching about God's authority, he was "frequently tempted to whisper in God's ear, 'For goodness sake, why don't You make it more obvious that You are in charge?"'
No Future Without Forgiveness could be profitably read alongside Antjie Krog's equally compelling Country of My Skull, as it considers the emotional toll that such a process of national soul-searching has had upon its participants. As Tutu himself points out, "It is a costly business to try to heal a wounded and traumatized people, and those engaging in that crucial task will perhaps bear the brunt themselves ... we were, in Henri Nouwen's celebrated phrase, 'wounded healers.'" --Rachel Holmes, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I didn't know what to expect before I read this book.
Archbishop Tutu tells his story and the story of his nation and how that South African has been and is being healed through the power of truth and forgiveness.
The book is one of massive integrity and a moral message for the future which is upon us.
This reading seems pivotal for engaging in conversations about the interplay of society, ethnicity, religion, political ideology and government. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JosephA
This is a book for today - very moving and truthful.
It is a must read for anyone caring about the need dissolve racism in ourselves and others.
Well written and insightful from a person who was at the center of the struggle with apartheid. Now the challenge is live our lives of forgiveness in our own present and futures.Published 3 months ago by Dennis Drews
Really speaks to the difficullty of ethnic reconciliation. I would recommend this to any one.Published 6 months ago by Robert Weakley
This is one of the most moving and impact full books I have ever read. The Archbishop writes as he speaks. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kheyburn