Redeeming the Past: My Journey from Freedom Fighter to Healer

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Orbis Books, 2012 - Religion - 256 pages
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In 1990, Fr. Michael Lapsley, an Anglican priest and monastic from New Zealand, exiled to Zimbabwe because of his anti-apartheid work in South Africa, opened a package and was immediately struck by the blast of an explosion. The bomb suspected to be the work of the apartheid-era South African secret police blasted away both his hands and one of his eyes. His memoir tells the story of this horrendous event, backing up to recount the journey that led him there particularly his rising awareness of the radical social implications of the gospel and his identification with the liberation struggle and then the subsequent journey of the last two decades. Returning to South Africa, Lapsley saw a whole nation damaged by the apartheid era. So he discovered his new vocation to become a wounded healer, drawing on his own experience to promote the healing of other victims of violence and trauma.

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A Homegrown Faith
LesothoLiving in Exile
The Struggle Is Everything
Part III
Returning to South Africa Forging a New Identity
Breaking the Chain of History
Cuba Part
A worldwide Mission
Rwanda and the Genocide
Australias Stolen Generation
ZimbabweThe Agony Continues
Healing Memories in the United States
Pedro a Guerilla Fighter for Peace

Truth Amnesty and Restitution
Deceptively Simple
Founding the Institute for Healing of Memories
Looking Forward Daring to Hope

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Michael Lapsley, born in New Zealand, joined the Society for the Sacred Mission, and was sent to South African in 1973. There he became active in the anti-apartheid movement, ultimately joining the African National Congress. After surviving an assassination attempt, he returned to South African to found the Institute for Healing of Memories.

Stephen Karakashian is an American psychotherapist who has worked with Fr. Michael and the institute in South Africa and the United States. He lives in Portland.

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