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Forgiveness : breaking the chain of hate
Henderson, Michael, 1932-
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Second edition.
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Newberg, OR : BookPartners, 2002.
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xvi, 189 pages ; 23 cm
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While many books on the market encourage readers to learn to forgive their enemies, this is the first that focuses on the "forgiveness movement" in which the leader of countries or other organizations ask forgiveness from those their countries have injured.

Stories include the development of "National Sorry Day" in Australia regarding abuse of the Aboriginal people, the efforts of Nelson Mandela and others in South Africa to forgive the horrors of the past and focus on building a new country, and the apologies given by the United States to the Japanese interred in camps during World War II, one of whom states here that the apology was much more important than the reparitions.

It is especially instructive to see how people can move past their anger and how forgiveness often serves as the catalyst for major change. A worthwhile addition to conflict resolution, political science, history, and sociology collections.--Danna C. Bell-Russel, Library of Congress Copyright1999 Cahners Business Information.

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First published in 1999, this compelling international look at forgiveness has been updated in light of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Henderson, a journalist and associate of Moral Re-Armament (an international network recognized by the UN), persuasively argues that the world needs less recrimination and retribution and more dialog and reparation. He discusses the importance of official apologies in situations like apartheid in South Africa, colonialism in Australia, and the ongoing conflicts in Northern Ireland and the Middle East. To show that international peace is a possibility, he cites examples of victims of war, terrorism, and harsh regimes transcending their initial hatred of their oppressors. Timely and well written, this important work offers a challenging worldview. Recommended for both public and academic libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
1 Receiving a giftp. 1
2 Healing historyp. 11
3 National Sorry Dayp. 25
4 Beyond the rainbowp. 41
5 After Good Fridayp. 59
6 Honest conversationsp. 73
7 When the guns fall silentp. 98
8 Another bridge over the River Kwaip. 111
9 From Grini to the Gulagp. 125
10 Peace dividendsp. 143
11 Value-added transactionsp. 159
Bibliographyp. 179