This book which presents forgiveness as a resilient response to pain and conflict will be published on 26th March 2015 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Alongside an introductory essay by Marina are 40 personal testimonies from our storytellers. These are narratives of hope from victims and perpetrators of crime and violence – people who have lived through pain and atrocity and yet have chosen to explore forgiveness, and in many cases been transformed by it.
The book also includes two forewords, the first by our patron and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and the second by award-winning author, Alexander McCall Smith.
Profits raised will go to The Forgiveness Project’s charitable work.
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Endorsements received so far include:
“This reassuring and uplifting book testifies to the truth of forgiveness–freestanding, not dependent upon faith, but upon humanity. It is both provocative and full of hope.”
– Jon Snow, journalist and presenter
“The testimonials in this book have taught me a great deal about forgiveness, which I think I thought was something rather easier than it is. They make me weep and they make me really think about what it is to forgive and what it is to try and understand someone instead of demonising them. I think this is probably one of the most important projects in the world today.”
– Emma Thompson, actor
“Marina Cantacuzino’s new book asks us to consider the most challenging question: is it possible for a victim to forgive the perpetrator? Presenting us with heart-breaking and astonishing examples, she shows the answer is ‘yes’ – even when the victim is a grieving parent and the perpetrator is the murderer of that parent’s child. This book is an invaluable contribution to the debate surrounding peace and reconciliation.”
– Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Cambridge University
“Resentment and bitterness are cancers of the soul. Forgiveness is a healing balm. It is costly but effective as this book so clearly demonstrates.”
– Terry Waite CBE, humanitarian and author