Forgiveness Project : Stories for a Vengeful Age Hardback
Silver Medal Winner in the Essays category of the 2015 Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards What is forgiveness?
Are some acts unforgivable? Can forgiveness take the place of revenge? Powerful real-life stories from survivors and perpetrators of crime and violence reveal the true impact of forgiveness on ordinary people worldwide.
Exploring forgiveness as an alternative to resentment or retaliation, the storytellers give an honest, moving account of their experiences and what part forgiveness has played in their lives.
Despite extreme circumstances, their stories open the door to a society without revenge. All royalties from the sale of this book go to The Forgiveness Project charity.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 208 pages, 40 black and white illustrations
- Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
- Publication Date: 26/03/2015
- Category: True stories
- ISBN: 9781849055666
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Review by hjvanderklis
The Forgiveness Project is a UK-based charity that creates opportunities for people to consider the limits and possibilities of forforgiveness. It works with individual personal narratives to examine how forgiveness, reconciliation and conflict resolution can be used positively to break the cycle of harm and violence. The Forgiveness Project is a secular organization working with people of all faiths and none. Its founder, journalist Marina Cantacuzino collected a variety of these narratives from all over the world to be included in the book The Forgiveness Project. While Desmond Tutu provided a foreword, don't expect a focus on South Africa, apartheid or politics. In this book you'll find survivors of Anders Behring Breivik's attack on the Norwegian island of Utoya alongside victims of the atricities in Northern Ireland in the 70's, and doctor Joseph Mengele in World War II concentration camps. Rape victims, women who lost their husbands in accidents or murders, war victims that chose forgiveness over hatred. Everyone has a personal definition of forgiveness and a background story on the process to conclude that forgiveness is the better option.Forgiveness is no excuse or free pass to repeat the offence. Forgiveness is a word no one can agree on. The act of forgiving is fluid and active and can change from day to day. Strongly motivated, convinced of a godly command, or simply aware that the attacker, killer or rapist is as human as the victim's. Nowhere does the author preach or force her readers to always forgive. She feels uncomfortable with the great deal of conviction and certainty when it comes to forgiveness. Certainty and black-and-white thinking is often just a step away from intolerance, absolute faith, fundamentalism and even radical extremism. One should leave room for personal differences, nuances and the acknowledgement that the process of forgiving is more important than the result, forgiveness or being forgiven. To forgive also invites judgement and righteousness, spiritual and emotional healing and a second chance.