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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (March 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061706604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061706608
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Nobel Peace Prize–winner Desmond Tutu, who lived through South African apartheid and helped to clean up its criminal consequences by chairing the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, could write a grocery list and people would get something out of it. With his daughter Mpho, an Episcopal priest in Washington, D.C., the retired Anglican archbishop writes a relatively personal book about his fundamental, faith-based beliefs about human nature: people are basically good because they are made in God's image. He maintains this in the face of the horrific events he has witnessed in his country and elsewhere, and he bases his belief in part on simple experiences throughout his life that have involved family and, significantly, his failures. Tutu's humility is striking; he is comfortable in his own skin despite being raised in a culture that officially deemed his skin color second-class. This book is not nearly as dramatic or compelling as No Future Without Forgiveness, based on his work with the Reconciliation Commission; on the other hand, it is heartening to know, or remember, that faith can be learned, reinforced, and expressed as much around the dinner table as in the public square.
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From Booklist

As head of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Tutu reached a world audience in his call for forgiveness for apartheid perpetrators who confessed to horrific evil and said they were sorry. Writing here with his daughter, also a minister, he insists that, with all the horror he has heard about and witnessed, We are fundamentally good. Racism has to be learned. It is not an instinct. Sin is real. But goodness is normative. Even readers not focused on the religious debate will be drawn to this account for the insider’s view of the history and the personal struggle with forgiveness. Inspired by heroes of many faiths, including Father Trevor Huddleston; Afrikaaans cleric Beyers Naude; the kids in the 1976 Soweto riots; the parents of murdered Amy Biehl; and, of course, by Mandela, Gandhi, King, and Mother Teresa, Tutu is also haunted by his own failure to forgive his father before he died. The personal perspective will spark discussion about the bigger issues of morality, politics, and religion. If God is all-powerful, why do we suffer? --Hazel Rochman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Desmond Mpilo Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and was only the second black person ever to receive it. In 1986 he was elected archbishop of Cape Town, the highest position in the Anglican Church in South Africa. In 1994, after the end of apartheid and the election of Nelson Mandela, Tutu was appointed as chair of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate apartheid-era crimes. His policy of forgiveness and reconciliation has become an international example of conflict resolution, and a trusted method of postconflict reconstruction. He is currently the chair of The Elders, where he gives vocal defense of human rights and campaigns for the oppressed.

Customer Reviews

This is a great book for discussion groups.
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Reading this inspiring book is like seeing a sunrise for the first time!
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Personal stories from the Tutu family resound with love and humility.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Robert V. Taylor on March 16, 2010
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Reading this inspiring book is like seeing a sunrise for the first time! Desmond Tutu, joined by his daughter Mpho, invite us to imagine a way of living that brings us fully alive; a way of being that says, "You matter" because your are loved by the Holy One for your existence. They invite us beyond the smallness of divisions and suspicion into the gladness of everyday life. Our own goodness has an impact way beyond anything we might imagine! Through it we remember that "I am because we are" - we are part of the oneness of the human family and Creation. No matter your religion or spirituality, this book invites a life of gladness in which love and compassion are not merely concepts, but part of our daily living. No wonder Tutu is the iconic spiritual voice of hope! The book is a keeper! This is spritual wisdom for being fully alive and engaged. Robert V. Taylor [...]
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Big D VINE VOICE on March 15, 2010
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Want to know the meaning of life? Read this book.

Is mankind inherently good? Inherently bad? Read this book.

Inherently selfish or inherently good? Read this book.

Ever think about the inter-connectedness of all people? Read this book.

More than an inspirational classic, this is a wisdom classic from one, make that two, who have lived it.

This book is more than words. It is the story of a life well lived and what we can learn from that life.

It is a story of forgivenss, reconciliation and hope for people of all faiths, nationalities and thought.

It is a good book, a very good book. A book that gives hope and promise to all.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Harold B. Confer on June 1, 2010
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For people unfamiliar with the struggle for liberation in South Africa this is a must read. Because some of the chapters contain sermon material of Desmond Tutu there tends to be some repetition of themes. The best part of every chapter is the concluding poem. These may well be Mpo's contributions as the rest seems to be written in his voice. It is a delightful book by one of the most important leaders of non-violent liberation, peace and reconciliation in the world.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Norman E. Babbitt on May 22, 2010
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This book is a joy and a love. For me, it is definitely a treasured gift from God, through a beautiful, articulate man and his daughter. I basked and bathed in the lovingkindness and blessing offered through, "Made For Goodness." For those of us who feel that we can never be "good enough" or "perfect enough," this book is a healing balm. I felt God's love radiating through and behind and in between the words. The prayerful meditations that end each chapter are worth the whole book, but the spirit of Desmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho resonate such a refreshing feeling of authentic love and respect for our individual, human innate goodness, that I feel renewed with a sense of passion for spreading God's Word of how inexpressively, immeasurably and unconditionally beloved we are. We are loved through and through by the Beloved, our Creator. This book is a Godsend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 24, 2010
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This is a must read for anyone who wonders why there's so much violence and evil in the world and wonders if that's the norm or if we really are good at heart. While this is written by Christian authors, it does not delve into the Christian faith, but instead explores the topic of why we are Good by nature through a variety of examples and illustrations from various faiths. Great book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lee Richman on April 21, 2013
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Desmond Tutu has a voice that needs to be listened to. His voice through this book, penetrates the heart of the reader because of his real life experiences and his walk with God. Together, the credibility of his words, come to life in our own lives. He has seen it all and done more than most of us could even imagine. He has spent time with paupers and kings, presidents and the desperate and he has spent more time in prayer than many. He knows God intimately and wants all of us to experience how God regards each of us. To see ourselves through God's eyes, he tells us.
Goodness makes all the difference and Desmond Tutu leads us t understand this in this book.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know God better, and wants to know what God thinks of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By voracious reader on February 17, 2012
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Our church read this book. It is very inspirational, especially in this era of "mean people." It's a small but mighty book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gardenfriend on February 14, 2012
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This is a very thought provoking book as it reminds us of our need for compassion and the need to be open to the presence of God on this journey of life.
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