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
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. Download and start listening now!