Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity: Servant Leadership as a Way of Life

Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity: Servant Leadership as a Way of Life

by Shann Ray Ferch

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Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity: Servant Leadership as a Way of Life by Shann Ray Ferch

In a fresh rendering of the role of leaders as healers, Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity considers love and power in the midst of personal, political, and social upheaval. Unexpected atrocity coexists alongside the quiet subtleties of mercy, and people and nations currently encounter a world in which not even the certainties of existence remain even as grace can sometimes arise under the most difficult circumstances. Ultimately, Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity is a book about the alienation and intimacy at war within us all. Ferch speaks to categorical human transgressions in the hope that readers will be compelled to examine their own prejudices and engage the moral responsibility to evoke in their own personal life, work life, and larger national communities a more humane and life-giving coexistence. In addition to a primary focus on servant leadership, the book addresses three interwoven aspects of social responsibility: 1) the nature of personal responsibility 2) the nature of privilege and the conscious and unconscious violence against humanity often harbored in a blindly privileged stance, and 3) the encounter with forgiveness and forgiveness-asking grounded in a personal and collective obligation to the well-being of humanity. Modernist and postmodernist notions of the will to meaning are considered against the philosophical notion of the will to power. The book examines the everyday existence of human values in a time when we inhabit a world filled as much with unwarranted cruelty as with the disarming nature of authentic and life-affirming love. The book asks the question: Can ultimate forgiveness change the heart of violence? In Forgiveness and Power, people are challenged not only by the work of profound thought leaders such as Mandela, Tutu, but also Simone Weil, Vaclav Havel, Emerson, Mary Oliver, Martin Luther King, Paulo Freire, bell hooks, and Robert Greenleaf. The hope of the book is that people of all ages and creeds come to a deeper understanding and of personal and collective responsibility for leadership that helps heal the heart of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739169483
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 11/26/2011
Pages: 246
Sales rank: 1,000,859
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Shann Ray Ferch is professor of leadership in the PhD Program in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University. He is the also editor of The International Journal of Servant Leadership and his work regarding conflict and the human will to forgive and reconcile has appeared in scientific journals internationally.

Table of Contents

1 Publications Acknowledgments 2 What is Servant Leadership? 3 Servant Leadership in the Present Day 4 Foreword: The Power of Servant Leadership 5 Preface: Balefire: The World of Violence and Forgiveness Chapter 6 Servant Leadership, Forgiveness, and Power Part 7 A Fine Grace Part 8 When We Rise Part 9 The Dignity of Life Part 10 The Eloquent Question Part 11 Of Love and Human Violence Part 12 Emerson on Love Part 13 Sand Creek Part 14 The House of Light Chapter 15 Personal Consciousness, Interior Fortitude Part 16 Shame and Forgiveness Part 17 The Family, The World Part 18 The Way of the Child Part 19 Martin Luther King Jr. and Desmond Tutu Part 20 The Question of Love and Power Part 21 Before the Velvet Revolution Part 22 The Practice of Consciousness Part 23 Servant Leadership Consciousness and Listening Chapter 24 A Narrative of Hope and Responsible Action Part 25 The Inward Road Part 26 The Illumined Nature of Persuasion Part 27 People of Self-Transcendence Part 28 Shadow and Light Part 29 A Cree Man's Journey Part 30 The Nature of the Forgiving Touch Part 31 Healing the Heart of the World 32 Afterword: Acts of Courage and Clarity 33 Endnotes 34 References 35 Recommended Readings in Servant Leadership 36 About the Author 37 Other Publications by Shann Ray Ferch

What People are Saying About This

Robert J. Spitzer

Shann Ferch has written a remarkably comprehensive and convincing exploration of forgiveness as the ground of healing and service, and then applied it to the principles and activities of leadership in the contemporary world. I enthusiastically recommend this volume to those who are not only interested in leadership studies, but also in the deepest dimensions and possibilities of love and the human condition. It is a remarkable antidote to the cynicism underlying some of the new purely pragmatic (and frequently inhuman) leadership theories.

Bill Robinson

The greatest figures in history, both human and divine, led with forgiveness. In this book, Shann Ferch uncovers the beauty and grit of vulnerable leadership, forgiving leadership, servant leadership. The power of leading with forgiveness offers high hope for our world’s atrocious history and terrifying future.

Andrew K. Benton

In a world where hurt and hate dominate the headlines, Shann Ray Ferch is a bold purveyor of peace and love, much in the tradition of Robert Greenleaf. One cannot read this book without experiencing a reflective resolve to live with greater intentionality and purpose.

Mary McFarland

Read this book if you are ready to live a new horizon. It is unsettling and worthy of every precious moment to read—each page creates an asymmetrical balance of joy, tears, laughter, and resolve. To end atrocity through love and forgiveness… this book is a beam of hope for humankind.

From the Publisher

The greatest figures in history, both human and divine, led with forgiveness. In this book, Shann Ferch uncovers the beauty and grit of vulnerable leadership, forgiving leadership, servant leadership. The power of leading with forgiveness offers high hope for our world’s atrocious history and terrifying future.—Bill Robinson, Whitworth University

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