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

Narrated by: Mpho Tutu, Hakeem Kae Kazim
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
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The Book of Forgiving, written together by the Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and his daughter Revd Mpho Tutu, offers a deeply personal testament and guide to the process of forgiveness. All of us have at times needed both to forgive and be forgiven - whether small, everyday harms or real traumas. But the path to forgiveness is not easy, and the process unclear.

How do we let go of resentment when we have been harmed, at times irreparably? How do we forgive and still pursue justice? How do we heal our hearts? How do we heal the harm we have caused others? And how do we forgive ourselves? Drawing on his memories of reconciliation in post-apartheid South Africa, Archbishop Desmond Tutu offers four concrete steps to forgiving and being forgiven:

  • 1) Admitting the wrong and acknowledging the harm
  • 2) Telling one's story and witnessing the anguish
  • 3) Asking for forgiveness and granting forgiveness
  • 4) Renewing or releasing the relationship

Each chapter contains reflections and personal stories, as well as exercises for practising each step of the path. The Book of Forgiving is a touchstone and tool for anyone seeking the freedom of forgiveness: an inspiring guide to healing ourselves and creating a more united world.

©2014 Rev Mpho Tutu; 2014 Archbishop Desmond Tutu (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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A profound work of wisdom and compassion

The definitive book on forgiveness. I return to it time and again when I am trapped in resentment. Within these pages is the path to freedom and peace. Thank you for sharing your stories, they are a priceless gift.

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Excellent if you need convincing or reassuring about the power of forgiveness. The practical elements would barely fill a page. And I can’t take the stone rituals seriously.

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life changing

a copy of this book should be given to every child and part of the school curriculum

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  • Davide Roccato
  • 10-04-19

It's ok

I'm not sure about the concept of forgiving, depending on the philosophy you have but this book give some interesting inside to consider.
It's a bit slow but it's always an interesting book to consider.