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"This is a masterful work of a brilliant mind that deserves its place on any bookshelf."
--Musharraf Hussain, Director of the Karimia Institute in Nottingham and Adviser to the Muslim Council of Britain
Henderson (From India with Hope), whose Irish Protestant family sought reconciliation with their Catholic compatriots, may be just the sort of eloquent messenger the world needs to understand the utility and not just the symbolic value of forgiveness. Starting with the Dalai Lama's foreword-a paean to the power of redemption-this book is a blissful read and a persuasive argument for forgiveness as a practical tool for global survival. As the author demonstrates in a discussion of (the few) American individuals and institutions that have made formal apologies for the African slave trade, history cannot be redeemed with an apology, but an apology can create a new starting point for history. Most instructive, however, are the stories of people, from Chechnya to Pennsylvania Amish country, who have suffered unspeakable acts at the hands of enemies and staunchly refuse to be consumed by victimhood. Henderson shows the real muscle behind forgiveness, avoiding preciousness and sentimentality. He writes, "Forgiveness has an image problem"-with this latest effort, perhaps no more. (Feb.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Foreword: No Peace without Forgiveness Dalai Lama
1 Clash or Alliance? 1
Nigeria: The Pastor and the Imam
Lebanon: Militia Enemies Step Back from the Brink
Jewish-Muslim Dialogue: Honoring Daniel Pearl
The Process of Forgiveness David Smock Smock, David
A Stunningly Original Strategy Jonathan Sacks Sacks, Jonathan
2 Reaching Out to "The Other" 35
Northern Ireland: Journey without a Map
South Africa: After the Heidelberg Tavern Massacre
Israel And Palestine: Parents Circle - Families Forum
Israel And Palestine: Combatants for Peace
Germany: Meeting the "Monsters of My Dreams"
Dignity for All Donna Hicks Hicks, Donna
God's Dream for Humanity Desmond Tutu Tutu, Desmond
3 Moving beyond Victimhood 79
Pennsylvania: Before the Blood Had Dried
Poland: Revisiting Auschwitz
Germany: Norwegian Confronts Nazi Jailer
India: Beyond Revenge in Gujarat
Rwanda: Tutsi Works for Reconciliation
England: Liverpool Mother Stirs a Nation
A New Sense of Empowerment Margaret E. Smith Smith, Margaret E.
The Righteous Chariot Rajmohan Gandhi Gandhi, Rajmohan
4 Taking Responsibility 109
Fiji: God Has No Favorite Race
Israel: Asking Questions
Sierra Leone: No Thirst for Revenge
India: Praying for Compassion for the Aggressor
British-Japanese Relations: A Tale of Two Flags
Liberation through Responsibility Mohammed Abu-Nimer Abu-Nimer, Mohammed
The Great Forgiver Benazir Bhutto Bhutto, Benazir
5 Creating Safe Space 141
Switzerland: Irene Laure at Caux
Transformative Spaces for Change Barry Hart Hart, Barry
What a Woman Can Do Betty Bigombe Bigombe, Betty
6Acknowledging the Past 163
Australia: National Sorry Day
Germany: Pforzheim - After the Nightmare
Java: Dutch POW Diary Changes Japanese Life
Germany: What about Dresden?
United States: Restitution to the Nisei
The Science behind Reconciliation Joseph V. Montville Montville, Joseph V.