Short Take: The Book of Forgiving – Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tuto

Few are better positioned to offer a prescription for living a life of forgiveness and reconciliation than Nobel Peace Prize winner, Bishop Tutu. He identifies a four-fold path based on the wisdom of his experience, showing the way to release ourselves from cycles of anger, hurt and violence.

“[This book draws] on his experience heading South Africa’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission, but this is freshly informed with experiences that include smaller slights and insults as well as more traumatic wrongs, among them the murder of the housekeeper of Mpho Tutu, daughter of Desmond Tutu. The father-daughter pair relate stories but also include instructions on how to forgive, as well as scientific and moral reasons to do so. No one is unforgiveable; it takes a moral icon such as Tutu to credibly assert this. The book may get a boost from the recent death of Nelson Mandela, about whom Tutu says, ‘It took 27 years for him to be transformed from an angry, unforgiving young radical into an icon of reconciliation…’ This book belongs on nightstands, shelves, and altars everywhere.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World (9780062203564) by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu. $25.99 hardcover. 3/18/14 on sale.