Comment on The Book of Forgiving by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu

by Maryanne

Reading your recent blog entry regarding this book inspired me to think about what resonated with me when I read it last year. I think what I found most valuable is that Desmond and Mpho speak clearly and candidly about forgiveness--what it is and what it is not. They write about this not only from a philosophical point of view, but they use concrete examples from their own lives, as well as others' lives, in illustrating these principles. What impacted me the most, however, was the pairing of practical activities that they paired with the main ideas of each chapter. This is rare, in my experience. Most of the books I've read are strong with principles but weak in application...or, they are filled with ideas for application but haven't adequately articulated the concepts they are based on. This book truly excels at both. It's one I have also recommended to many people, and I intend to revisit it frequently myself.

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