The Forgiveness Project
Stories for a Vengeful Age
Examining themes of forgiveness, reconciliation and conflicttransformation, this book brings together the personal testimonies ofboth survivors and perpetrators of crime and violence and asks thequestion whether forgiveness may have more currency than revenge in anage which seems locked into the cycle of conflict. The powerful reallife stories collected by The Forgiveness Project come from ordinarypeople around the world in a diverse range of situations, includingthose who have transformed aggression into a driving force for peace.Raising the possibility of alternatives to resentment, retaliation andrevenge, each story shows the very real impact of forgiveness (or lackof forgiveness) within a particular context, provoking questions suchas "What is forgiveness?", "How can you respond to theunforgivable?"' and "Can you move on withoutforgiveness?"
Marina Cantacuzino's challenging, reflective introductory essaysets the stories in the larger context of approaches to forgiveness,from both religious and secular viewpoints, concluding that in thereality of lived experience forgiveness has a quality "asmysterious as love."
As with all good storytelling each personal narrative in this bookreveals both the intimate in the epic and the epic in the intimate.
The Forgiveness Project grew out of a conviction that people'sperspectives only shift when they are able to hear the stories ofothers. In ten years it has become a high impact and influentialcharity that has wide application and a universal draw on people. Usingreal stories of victims and perpetrators, the charity sets out toexplore concepts of forgiveness and conflict resolution in order tohumanise the "other," foster resilient relationships and helpto dissolve tension.
All royalties from the sale of this book will go to The ForgivenessProject.
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