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Forgiveness not always easy but worth trying to achieve, books say


These are the covers of "The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World" by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu and "The Forgiveness Handbook: A Spiritual Wisdom and Practice for the Journey to Freedom" by editors at Skylight Paths. They are reviewed by Jan Kilby. (CNS)

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"The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World" by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu. HarperOne (San Francisco, 2014). 240 pp., $25.

"The Forgiveness Handbook: A Spiritual Wisdom and Practice for the Journey to Freedom, Healing and Peace" by the editors at SkyLight Paths. SkyLight Paths (Woodstock, Vermont, 2015). 256 pp., $18.99.

Forgiveness is essential for maintaining peaceful relationships and harmony in society.

This is the message of two new books -- "The Book of Forgiving," written by retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa and the Rev. Mpho Tutu, his daughter and an Episcopal priest, and "The Forgiveness Handbook," an anthology created by the editors at SkyLight Paths publishing house.

The Tutus write from their experience with forgiveness as citizens of South Africa who lived during the apartheid. Archbishop Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his anti-apartheid activism and was appointed in 1994, after apartheid ended, to chair the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Rev. Tutu is executive director of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.

The authors first help readers understand the nature of forgiveness and why it is important. They then describe their theory of four steps in forgiving. These include telling the story of harm, naming the hurt, granting forgiveness, and renewing or released a relationship.

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