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Forgiveness: Breaking the Chain of Hate , by Michael Henderson. These heart-moving stories from around the world will permanently expand your sense of what is possible between people. Excerpt from Gene Knudsen Hoffman’s review: “There is a way the world can change from war to peace, from hatred to love. It requires a lot of effort, a lot of understanding, and it begins at home. For centuries we’ve been told to practice it, that it’s healing for ourselves and the other, that it’s a way to manifest love and courage. It brings peace to the participants. It is a brave and noble thing to do, and — it can be very costly, costly to pride, to arrogance, to fear, to hate. Michael Henderson has written the definitive book on it and it’s called: Forgiveness . Of it Desmond Tutu wrote, `A deeply moving and eloquent testimony to the power of forgiveness in the life of individuals, of communities, and between and within nations. It effects change — a powerful book.` ” [ read full review ] Get more info about this book plus purchase links to many countries at Global-Find-A-Book .  

Forgive for Good , by Fred Luskin, PhD. With clear and gentle steps, Dr. Luskin will guide you to “take your hurt less personally, take responsibility for how you feel, and become a hero instead of a victim in the story you tell.” Here is a brief review comment by Jan Sollish posted on Amazon: ” Forgive for Good is an invaluable tool for just about everyone. The methods Dr. Luskin teaches through his book are clear, easy to understand and implement, and incredibly powerful. The chapter in which he describes his work with the women from Northern Ireland who had lost loved ones in the fighting is so moving as to be life altering. The pain of these women, the horror of their experience, and finally their subsequent relief from some of the emotional pain they have carried for years is simply amazing. For me, this book combined a practicality of everyday life with a gentle spirituality. I have already bought it for several friends and plan to use it as a tool in my life as well.” (Price: appx. $12/new, $7/used. ISBN: 006251721X. Look for this book at your local library, or get more info about this book plus purchase links to many countries at Global-Find-A-Book .

Announcing… the world’s first (so far as I know) print-it-yourself and e-mail it to a friend bumper sticker. We provide the inspiring message, you provide the sticky stuff. (Requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader , a pair of scissors, and 40 inches of 2-inch wide clear packaging tape.) Click on the image below to bring up a full size image of the bumper sticker. Print image on color printer, cut out and affix to bumper of car with clear packing tape. To protect the paper from sun and rain, cover both the front and back surfaces of the bumper sticker with high quality, clear packaging tape. (Will last a month or two, depending on amount of direct exposure to sunlight.)  

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Web sites/essays on forgiveness:

COMPASSIONATE LISTENING by Kari Thorene From: YES! A Journal of Positive Futures – Fall 1998 Citizen diplomats in Israel use active listening to help build the foundation for Jewish/Palestinian reconciliation. Illustrates the role that listening can play in the journey toward forgiveness.

The Bruderhof Forgiveness Guide includes an extensive collection of essays and articles from past and present authors. The Guide is a service offered by the Bruderhof Communities, an international movement of intentional communities committed to promoting nonviolence, forgiveness and reconciliation in personal relationships, neighborhoods, societies, and among peoples and nations.

ForgivenessNet , based in Scotland, exists to inspire powerful forgiveness, and to help to make ideas about forgiveness larger and deeper. Extensive collection of inspiring articles.

The Forgiveness Reading Room , a library of articles that is part of The Forgiveness Web (https://www.forgivenessweb.com/Pages/readingrm.htm)

Forgiveness Works by Diane V. Cirincione, Ph.D. and Jerry Jampolsky, M.D.(https://www.forgivenessworks.org/)

Journey Toward Forgiveness: A documentary for ABC TV   (https://www.journeytowardforgiveness.com/)

Steps Toward Forgiveness: Two articles by Fred Luskin, Ph.D. researcher on forgiveness, based at Stanford University.

Choosing Forgiveness , a large library of forgiveness-related resources sponsored The Church of Forgiveness and Life Celebration Center   (https://www.choosingforgiveness.org/)

Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance , founded by Bob Plath (attorney in Marin County, California), sponsor of Forgiveness Day, includes a large library of articles on different aspects of forgiveness.  ( https://www.forgivenessday.org/articles.htm )

International Forgiveness Institute was an outgrowth of the social scientific research done at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1985 by Robert Enright and his colleagues. Professor Enright was looking for a way to disseminate the findings of that research, and the research and writings by others exploring forgiveness, to interested people in all walks of life. The IFI has served as that forum ever since. https://www.forgiveness-institute.org
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