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“A primer for not only finding the path for healing ourselves and the world, but for restoring balance in our biology, mind, and spirit.” -- Deepak Chopra, author of What Are You Hungry For?

“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.” -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“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.” -- Krista Tippett, Host/Executive Producer of On Being

“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.” -- Walter Brueggemann, author of The Prophetic Imagination

“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.” -- Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize recipient

“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.” -- President Barack Obama

“[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.” -- TIME

“Archbishop Tutu has the ability to see our shared humanity in each person he meets, and to get us to do the same.” -- Bill Clinton

“Archbishop Desmond Tutu, like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. before him, has offered us a luminous vision of love and hope. With his great warmth and compassion, Archbishop Tutu offers a spiritual message that if heeded can change lives as well as history.” -- Jimmy Carter

“I have the highest regard for my good and trusted friend Archbishop Desmond Tutu. I admire him for the wonderful, warm person he is and especially for the human principles he upholds.” -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama

“One thing I have learned from [Tutu] . . . is that he has that constant and persistent faith that things can be better and we can do something about it. We should not find excuses not to act or not to speak out.” -- Kofi Annan, former secretary-general of the United Nations and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001

“Desmond Tutu has walked the talk all his adult life. We can all be grateful that, together with his daughter Mpho, he has now shared his secrets for why he has so much hope and joy.” -- Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland

“I doubt there is anyone on this Earth with a deeper sense of God’s presence and goodness than Archbishop Tutu.” -- Thomas Cahill, author of How the Irish Saved Civilization and The Gifts of the Jews.

“[Tutu] was not just an anti-apartheid worker. . . . He was somebody who had thought very deeply about spiritual values and had applied them to what he was doing. In some ways that reminded me of Gandhi.” -- Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

“Bishop Tutu and his daughter Mpho reveal groundbreaking insights as to how to acknowledge and resolve our lifelong burdens of anguish and pain towards a new paradigm of transformative healing.” -- Annie Lennox

“I am lost for words to express my appreciation for this book … Desmond Tutu and his daughter show clearly that suffering, while always painful, need not destroy.” -- Terry Waite, CBE

From the Back Cover

How do I forgive?

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."


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  • ASIN : 0062203576
  • Publisher : HarperOne; Illustrated edition (April 7, 2015)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 240 pages
  • Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.54 x 8 inches
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book took me a year to read. Worth it.
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This book will take time. At least it took me almost a year to read through. It has required much of me, while at the same time giving so much life. The Book of Forgiving is about the fourfold part of forgiving: telling the story, naming the hurt, granting forgiveness, and renewing or releasing the relationship. This is a book that I think I will keep for life. I can see it being a resource for when I am needing to forgive, when I need ask for forgiveness, or forgive myself. These notes are for myself and a way to distill what I learned and remember from the book. It’s a way for me to process what I internalized and have been practicing. At the end of each chapter there are poems, things to remember, meditations, and exercises. The exercises are not a walk in the park and some can’t be done in a day. In fact, I would say that it’s not a linear read. I read the book to cover to cover but there are several pages that I dog-eared to go back to when I have the space in my journey. I’m taking my time, but not too much time. I love this book and the way that it presents forgiveness. I love that it is all about truth. There is not genuine forgiveness, and therefore no genuine healing, without genuine truth. It’s what sets us all free. Read this. It will take emotional, mental, and spiritual energy. It will take time and effort. It may rock your world for a while, but oh the peace. -HBR
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