Made for Goodness: And Why This Makes All the Difference

Made for Goodness: And Why This Makes All the Difference

by Desmond Tutu, Mpho Tutu
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Made for Goodness: And Why This Makes All the Difference by Desmond Tutu, Mpho Tutu

Over the years the same questions get asked of Desmond Tutu, the archbishop, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and veteran of the moral movement that ended apartheid in South Africa: "How can you be so hopeful after witnessing so much evil?" "Why are you so sure goodness will triumph in the end?" This book is his answer.

Now, more than any other time in history, our world needs this message: that we are made for goodness and it is up to us to live up to our destiny.

We recognize Archbishop Tutu from the headlines as an inspirational figure who has witnessed some of the world's most sinister moments and chosen to be an ambassador of reconciliation amid political, diplomatic, and natural disasters. Now, we get a glimpse into his personal spirituality—and a better understanding of the man behind a lifetime of good works. In this intimate and personal sharing of his heart, written with his daughter, Episcopal priest Mpho Tutu, Tutu engages his reader with touching stories from his own life, as well as grisly memories from his work in the darkest corners of the world. There, amid the darkness, he calls us to hope, to joy, and to claim the goodness that we were made for. Tutu invites us to take on the disciplines of goodness, the practices that are key to finding fulfillment, meaning, and happiness for our lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061706608
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/08/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 153,342
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Desmond Mpilo Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. In 1986 he was elected archbishop of Cape Town, the highest position in the Anglican Church in South Africa. In 1994, after the end of apartheid and the election of Nelson Mandela, Tutu was appointed as chair of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate apartheid-era crimes. His policy of forgiveness and reconciliation has become an international example of conflict resolution and a trusted method of postconflict reconstruction. He is currently the chair of The Elders, where he gives vocal defense of human rights and campaigns for the oppressed.

The Reverend Mpho A. Tutu is currently the executive director of The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.

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Made for Goodness 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Snorkeler More than 1 year ago
The beauty of the chapter conclusions - that's what makes this book a delight to read again and again. Sometimes chapter conclusions drive the reader into the next chapter. These endings call for calm meditation and quiet reflection. Listen to the voice of God. "I am breathing in your breath... Will you breathe in my breath? (17) Do you want to reach me? Seek and serve love. (37) Now and always you can make me be seen (55) Dear one, I have not hidden myself in heaven I am hidden in your heart. (79) I have not carved out the path that you must follow; we form the way together, you and I (96) When you can turn to your own suffering and know its name, then you will see me. (110) I AM. (126) Where have you been that I have not been? (137) When you have pointed out the road for home And pulled others onto the path Then you will know Eden is not far from you. (157) ... my voice It bubbles up in happy laughter... I speak as the summer breeze that caresses long grasses... It is I who says, "Be still a while. I breathe in your breath Yes. That is me. (179) You are made for me Made like me Made for goodness." (201) The conclusions are the voice of God speaking directly to the reader, in accessible language, in the joy of original blessing, to borrow a title from Matthew Fox. Yes, the narrative text tells some of Archbishop Tutu's stories of apartheid. Yes, the emphasis there is on the goodness of both God and humankind. Yes, the humor of the Archbishop is present. It is significant that both authors have witnessed and counseled those cruelly discriminated against, those molested and raped and yet both authors focus not on "being good" but "living into the goodness that is our essence." "Allow yourself to be the subject of that long, loving look [of God]... As we allow ourselves to accept God's acceptance, we can begin to accept our own goodness and beauty. With each glimpse of our beauty we can begin to see the goodness and beauty in others." 198 The artistry of the cover design brings Goodness and Mpho Tutu into the spotlight while the name Desmond Tutu, so universally recognized, fades into the episcopal purple. To say the book is "written with his daughter" leads one to expect her voice to be more obvious. It will be a joy to read Mpho Tutu's own stories when she finds the time for more writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made for Goodness gave a lot of new information for me on South Africa but more importantly promoted a lot of positive thoughts on how to live a better life. I am often too hard myself as a person and this book made me realize that God loves us no matter what. Desmond Tutu and his daughter wrote a wonderful book that is worth reading.
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