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Discovering Forgiveness
Pathways Through Injury, Apology, and Healing

Summary: Drawing from many fields, Discovering Forgiveness provides an accessible and interdisciplinary approach to understanding the complexity of forgiveness while generating practical applications.

"Dunn employs powerful metaphors, striking analogies, poignant stories, illustrative cartoons and personal reflections to uncover the many layers of injury, apology and healing. A nuanced, complex, accessible and satisfying treatment of a difficult practice." —Elaine Enns, author, Ambassadors of Reconciliation (2009); www.bcm-net.orgith 

"Forgiveness is perhaps the least understood concept in the lexicon of both peacebuilding and theology. One could argue that anyone who has not asked for, offered, or accepted forgiveness is hardly in a position to provide an example of peacemaking or pacifist theology. Dunn helps us see that, at worst, people make a religion of forgiveness and push it as a substitute for justice. Dunn also shows how, at best, forgiveness is a pathway to transformation. Dunn lights a candle to illuminate the spider’s web of forgiveness, helping us see the complex, imperfect, and delicate strands that forgiveness holds together to catch the gift of humility, apology, and reconciliation." —Lisa Schirch, Director of Human Security, The Alliance for Peacebuilding; Research Professor, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University

"Dunn offers a stream of provocative stories—of real people in honest conversations. For me, these stories create a deep grounding in both the potential and the complexity, the challenges and the actual examples, of how forgiveness emerges and finds expression." —John Paul Lederach, Professor of International Peacebuilding, University of Notre Dame, in the Foreword

"Dunn encourages readers to move beyond simplistic forgiveness (I apologize, I forgive you, please forgive me, lets forgive and forget) to explore, understand, and value their present understanding and practice of forgiveness while searching for the simplicity that lies beyond the complexity. Reflecting on this well-researched and very readable work will certainly move readers along their journeys toward ‘discovering forgiveness.’" —Ron Classen, Professor Emeritus, Fresno Pacific University Peacemaking and Conflict Studies

Market: College, seminary, advanced high school students; professors, pastors, and church leaders; church study groups interested in a thoughtful yet accessible introduction to “discovering forgiveness.”.

Shelving:  Forgiveness; Peacemaking; Reconciliation; Conflict Transformation; Theology–Christian, Anabaptist-Mennonite; BISAC: Religion/Bibles. RTM: 690 Religion/Ethics

The Author: Larry A. Dunn, Fresno, California, is Associate Professor at the Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies, Fresno Pacific University. He has worked for nearly 30 years as a mediator, trainer, consultant and educator in conflict resolution. Dunn holds a masters degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a PhD in social science from Syracuse University.

Publisher: Cascadia Publishing House LLC
Potential Copublisher: None
Publication date: December 2014
Tentative Pages: 122
Format: 5.5 x 8.5" trade paper
Prices: $14.95 US/Can. ISBN 13:  978-1-68027-000-6 ISBN 10: 1-68027-000-1

 

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