No Future Without Forgiveness (Google eBook)

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Doubleday Religious Publishing Group, 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  - Laura - Goodreads

Like many here I found that the book could have been better organised. But after the first chapters, I told myself who cares? Tutu is a preacher and repetitions are part and parcel of his profession's ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cheryl - Goodreads

It had so many important things to convey but it couldn't hold my interest to where I can't wait to get back to the book. I never finished it. This is the second time I tried reading it through the years. Maybe the next time I'll finish it. 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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