No Future Without Forgiveness (Google eBook)

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Random House LLC, Feb 4, 2009 - Religion - 304 pages
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The establishment of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a pioneering international event. Never had any country sought to move forward from despotism to democracy both by exposing the atrocities committed in the past and achieving reconciliation with its former oppressors. At the center of this unprecedented attempt at healing a nation has been Archbishop Desmond Tutu, whom President Nelson Mandela named as Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. With the final report of the Commission just published, Archbishop Tutu offers his reflections on the profound wisdom he has gained by helping usher South Africa through this painful experience.

In No Future Without Forgiveness, Tutu argues that true reconciliation cannot be achieved by denying the past.  But nor is it easy to reconcile when a nation "looks the beast in the eye." Rather than repeat platitudes about forgiveness, he presents a bold spirituality that recognizes the horrors people can inflict upon one another, and yet retains a sense of idealism about reconciliation. With a clarity of pitch born out of decades of experience, Tutu shows readers how to move forward with honesty and compassion to build a newer and more humane world.

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User Review  - Rachel Shellabarger - Goodreads

I planned to read this slowly in stages because I knew it would be a heavy read. Instead, I ended up finishing it in two days because I couldn't put it down (save for work obligations). There are ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sarah Weisiger - Goodreads

This one was slow getting started for me, but somewhere around 100 pages it picked up. I think mostly I had some difficulty appreciating the voice of the author, which came off initially as a little ... Read full review

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Desmond Tutu, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, retired as Archbishop of Capetown, South Africa, in 1996.  He is active as a lecturer throughout the world and was recently a visiting professor at Emory University in Atlanta.

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