Word and Life —  Fall, 2014

The Book of Forgiving


Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu (Harper Collins, 2014)

Book of Forgiving coverIn The Bookof Forgiving, Desmond Tutu and his daughter, Mpho, explain the four-step processof 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.

The perfect companion for your forgiveness journey, The Book of Forgiving lays out the simple but profound truths about the significance of forgiveness and why granting forgiveness is the greatest gift we can give to ourselves.

Sept. 11 Introduction & Ch.1, “Why Forgive?” (pp. 1-29)

Rev. Anne Howard, Exec. Director, The Beatitudes Society
Sept. 18 Ch. 2, “What Forgiveness Is Not” (pp. 31-43)

Matthew Fox, noted scholar and author
Sept. 25 Ch. 3, “Understanding the Fourfold Path” (pp. 45-63)

Dawn George, Marriage & Family Therapist
Oct. 2 Ch. 4, “Telling the Story” (pp. 67-92)

Rev. Jim Clarke, St. John Seminary
Oct. 9 Ch. 5, “Naming the Hurt” (pp. 93-117). Three YouTube videos featuring Rev. Tutu were shown in this session:

Video presentations featuring Desmond Tutu
Oct. 16 Ch. 6, “Granting Forgiveness” (pp. 119-143)

Imam Yama Niazi, Islamic Society of S.B.
Oct. 23 Ch. 7, “Renewing or Releasing the Relationship” (pp. 145-162)

Radhule Weininger, Clinical Psychologist
Oct. 30 Ch. 8, “Needing Forgiveness” (pp. 165-194)

Katherine Collis, Dir., Center for Spiritual Renewal, La Casa de Maria
Nov. 6 Ch. 9, “Forgiving Yourself” (pp. 195-214)

Perie Longo, Marriage & Family Therapist, Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara
Nov. 13 Ch. 10, “A World of Forgiveness” (pp. 215-229)

Click here to see the handout that accompanied Dennis Rivers’ presentation.

Dennis Rivers, Editor of www.LiberationTheology.org