The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path For Healing Ourselves And Our World

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Chair of The Elders, and Chair of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, along with his daughter, the Reverend Mpho Tutu, offer a manual on the art of forgiveness—helping us to realize that we are all capable of healing and transformation.

Tutu’s role as the Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission taught him much about forgiveness. If you asked anyone what they thought was going to happen to South Africa after apartheid, almost universally it was predicted that the country would be devastated by a comprehensive bloodbath. Yet, instead of revenge and retribution, this new nation chose to tread the difficult path of confession, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

Each of us has a deep need to forgive and to be forgiven. After much reflection on the process of forgiveness, Tutu has seen that there are four important steps to healing: Admitting the wrong and acknowledging the harm; Telling one’s story and witnessing the anguish; Asking for forgiveness and granting forgiveness; and renewing or releasing the relationship. Forgiveness is hard work.

Sometimes it even feels like an impossible task. But it is only through walking this fourfold path that Tutu says we can free ourselves of the endless and unyielding cycle of pain and retribution. The Book of Forgiving is both a touchstone and a tool, offering Tutu’s wise advice and showing the way to experience forgiveness. Ultimately, forgiving is the only means we have to heal ourselves and our aching world.

The Author

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Desmond Mpilo Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and was only the second black person ever to receive it. 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 post-conflict reconstruction. He is currently the chair of The Elders, where he gives vocal defense of human rights and campaigns for the oppressed.

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PRH Acquires ‘Book of Joy’ by the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Tutu

Article originally posted at publishersweekly.com

Avery Books, a Penguin Random House nonfiction imprint focused on wellness and health, has acquired North American rights to The Book of Joy: Finding Enduring Happiness In an Uncertain World, a book that will be produced by the Dalai Lama and South African archbishop Desmond Tutu, in collaboration with Doug Abrams, who will conduct interviews and co-write the book.

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Dalai Lama.

U.S. rights were acquired by Avery editor-in-chief Caroline Sutton in a deal brokered by Abrams of Idea Architects; the Mary Clemmey Literacy Agency sold U.K. and Commonwealth rights to Jocasta Hamilton at Hutchinson/Cornerstone/Penguin Random House.

The production of the book will feature an historic meeting between the two men, April 20-24, in Dharamsala, India that will also mark the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday and allow the two spiritual leaders to spend a week sharing their perspectives on the topic of joy. Indeed, in order to share this experience more broadly with the rest of the world, the two leaders will use their Facebook pages to let readers around the globe ask questions about the path to joy and a meaningful life.

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http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/book-deals/article/66260-prh-acquires-book-of-joy-by-the-dalai-lama-archbishop-tutu.html