The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


The Book of Forgiving

The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu, winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize and former chair of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and his daughter, Mpho Tutu, executive director of the Tutu Institute for Prayer and Pilgrimage in Washington, D.C., believe “there is no one who is irredeemable, no situation that is without hope, and no crime that cannot be forgiven.”

The Tutus do a fine job with charts and summaries on why we need to forgive and what forgiveness is not before they explain their fourfold path of forgiveness: telling the story; naming the hurt; granting forgiveness; and renewing or releasing the relationship. Using their experiences and the stories of others, the Tutus end with an affirmation of self-forgiveness. They are following up the publication of this book with a free, 30-day online event, the Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge. For details, visit www.forgivenesschallenge.com (HarperOne).


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