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