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Author: Desmond Tutu, Mpho Tutu Narrator: Mpho Tutu, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Yetide Badaki Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2014 ISBN: 9780062309099
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How do I forgive?

Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu has witnessed some of the worst crimes people can inflict on others. So wherever he goes, he inevitably gets asked this question. This book is his answer. Writing with his daughter, Mpho, an Anglican priest, they lay out the simple but profound truths about the significance of forgiveness, how it works, why everyone needs to know how to grant it and receive it, and why granting forgiveness is the greatest gift we can give to ourselves when we have been wronged.

They explain the four-step process of forgiveness—Telling the Story, Naming the Hurt, Granting Forgiveness, and Renewing or Releasing the Relationship—as well as offer meditations, exercises, and prayers to guide the reader along the way.

"With each act of forgiveness, whether small or great, we move toward wholeness," they write. "Forgiveness is how we bring peace to ourselves and our world."

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Desmond Tutu shows each of us how to transform our pain and sorrow into hope and confidence in the future. Whether you are the head of a country or the head of a household, you will cherish his words.”

    Nelson Mandela, praise for the author

  • “For decades [Tutu] has been a moral titan—a voice of principle, an unrelenting champion of justice, and a dedicated peacemaker…an outspoken voice for freedom and justice in countries across the globe; a staunch defender of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons.”

    President Barack Obama

  • “Archbishop Tutu has the ability to see our shared humanity in each person he meets, and to get us to do the same.”

    Bill Clinton, praise for the author

  • “I have the highest regard for my good and trusted friend Archbishop Desmond Tutu. I admire him for the wonderful, warm person he is and especially for the human principles he upholds.”

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama, praise for the author

  • “Archbishop Desmond Tutu, like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., before him, has offered us a luminous vision of love and hope With his great warmth and compassion, Archbishop Tutu offers a spiritual message that if heeded can change lives as well as history.”

    Jimmy Carter

  • “One thing I have learned from [Tutu]…is that he has that constant and persistent faith that things can be better and we can do something about it. We should not find excuses not to act or not to speak out.”

    Kofi Annan, former secretary general of the United Nations and winner of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize, praise for the author

  • “[Tutu’s] unofficial legacy will be his life and the story of how this tiny pastor with a huge laugh from South Africa became our global guardian.”

    Time, praise for the author

  • “[Tutu] was not just an anti-apartheid worker…He was somebody who had thought very deeply about spiritual values and had applied them to what he was doing. In some ways that reminded me of Gandhi.”

    Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, praise for the author

  • “Desmond Tutu has walked the talk all his adult life. We can all be grateful that, together with his daughter Mpho, he has now shared his secrets for why he has so much hope and joy.”

    Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland,praise for the author

  • “What better guides and teachers on forgiveness than Bishop Tutu and his daughter who have lived faithfully through the hardest most demanding days of South Africa! This book meets an urgent need among us and does so with wisdom, realism, and generosity.”

    Walter Brueggemann, author of The Prophetic Imagination

  • “I doubt there is anyone on this Earth with a deeper sense of God’s presence and goodness than Archbishop Tutu.”

    Thomas Cahill, author of How the Irish Saved Civilization

  • A Library Journal Best Book of 2014

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About the Author

Archbishop Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his lifelong struggle to bring equality, justice, and peace to his native country of South Africa. He is the author of numerous books including the Children of God Storybook Bible, God’s Dream, and Desmond and the Very Mean Word. From 2007 to 2013, Tutu was the founding Chair of theElders, a group of global leaders who are working topromote the shared interests of humanity. In 2013he received the Templeton Prize for advancing spiritualprogress in the world. He lives in South Africa withhis wife, Leah. They have four children and sevengrandchildren.

About the Narrators

Mpho Tutu is executive director of the Tutu Institute for Prayer and Pilgrimage in Washington, DC. She is also an Episcopal priest and serves as chair of the board of the Global AIDS Alliance.

Hakeem Kae-Kazim is a British-Nigerian actor who classically trained at the highly regarded Bristol Old Vic and soon after graduation was invited to join the Royal Shakespeare Company. His list of impressive credits includes Pirates of the Caribbean III, Lost, Law & Order: SVU, X-Men: Wolverine, The 4th Kind, and Darfur. Hakeem is best known for his portrayal of Georges Rutaganda in Hotel Rwanda and as Colonel Dubaku in the hit television series 24. His distinctive voice has also been shared in many popular video games including Halo, Call of Duty, and The Bourne Conspiracy.

Yetide Badaki is a Nigerian-born actress who has been seen performing all around the world. Better known as the goddess Bilquis on the Starz series American Gods, her other television credits include ABC’s Lost, the Fox show Touch, and Criminal Minds on CBS.