Tuesday, January 6, 2009

No Future Without Forgiveness, Desmond Tutu

5 stars
It is ultimately in our best interest that we become forgiving, repentant, reconciling, and reconciled people because without forgiveness, without reconciliation, we have no future. (p. 165)

Tutu recounts the the establishment and outworking of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission after the fall of apartheid. Anyone interested in the themes and ideas that surround reconciliation need to read this book. If you don't have the time for this book I would highly recommend chapter 7 to you at the very least. A haunting read but one that leads the reader to the hope that can only come through Christ. There is a deep evil in this world and Tutu understands it well. He recognizes also that we are capable of the vile realities as we are of the beauty that fills his pages. We serve and have been created by a good God which can be a difficult proposition when one begins to consider the horror that can be done by those He has created. Tutu's belief and testimony of this good God help ground my own belief and same testimony. Bottom line: truth will always win out.

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