Forgiveness and the power of healing ourselves and the world
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Forgiveness and the Power of Healing Ourselves and the World

Each of us has a deep need to forgive and to be forgiven. But how do we forgive?
  • How does the mother whose husband and daughter were gunned down by terrorists forgive the men that murdered them?
  • How do the parents whose teenage daughters were killed by a drunk driver embrace the person who robbed them of their children?
  • And how do we forgive the multitude of lesser wrongs and inevitable slights that we will face throughout our lives?
Writing with her father Archbishop Desmond Tutu, The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World, Mpho Tutu offers a unique and practical guide on forgiveness that we can apply to our own lives. Father and daughter explain the universal four-step process of forgiveness: telling the story, naming the hurt, granting forgiveness, and choosing to either renew or release the relationship.
Quotes from the book:
"In our own ways, we are all broken. Out of that brokenness, we hurt others. Forgiveness is the journey we take toward healing the broken parts. It is how we become whole again. Forgiveness is ... the way we stop our human community from unraveling."
"With each act of forgiveness, whether small or great, we move towards wholeness," they write. "Forgiveness is how we bring peace to ourselves and our world."
"Without forgiveness, we remain tethered to the person who harmed us. We are bound with chains of bitterness, tied together, trapped ... Until we can forgive the person who harmed us they will hold the keys to our happiness, they will be our jailor."
"There is no one who embodies the virtue of forgiveness like Desmond Tutu. With this book, he and his daughter take forgiveness out of the realm of mystery and offer a handbook on forgiveness, revealing this most exacting and freeing of human capacities in all its complexity and transformative achievability." - Krista Tippett, Host/Executive Producer of On Being
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Anglican Archbishop DESMOND M. TUTU won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and the Templeton Prize in 2013, and was the founding chair of The Elders from 2007 to 2013. In 1986 he was elected Archbishop of Cape Town, the highest position in the Anglican Church in South Africa, and in 2009 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United State’s highest civilian honor. In 1994, Tutu was appointed as Chair of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, where he pioneered a new way for countries to move forward after experiencing civil strife and countless atrocities.

The Reverend MPHO A. TUTU is currently the executive director of The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and has run ministries for children in Worcester, Massachusetts; for rape survivors in Grahamstown, South Africa; and for refugees from South Africa and Namibia at the Phelps Stokes Fund in New York City. She is pursuing a doctorate on the subject of forgiveness from Vrije University, Amsterdam. With her father, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, she has authored Made for Goodness and, now, The Book of Forgiving.

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All ticket holders will receive a copy of the book. Mpho will be available to sign books following the conversation. If you want to purchase an extra copy of the book, click on the book image below.


“With each act of forgiveness, whether small or great, we move toward wholeness.” – Desmond and Mpho Tutu

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