Forgiveness Resources

Enright, Robert D. Forgiveness Is a Choice: A Step-by-Step Process for Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2001. An introduction to definitions of forgiveness and steps for extending forgiveness to one’s offenders.

Gobodo-Madikizela, Pumla. A Human Being Died That Night: A South African Story of Forgiveness. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2003. A South African woman’s reflections on the atrocities of apartheid, including her thoughts on the problems and possibilities of apology and forgiveness.

Kraybill, Donald B. “Forgiveness in the Face of Tragedy: The Amish at Nickel Mines.” In Just Peace: Ecumenical, Intercultural, and Interdisciplinary Perspectives, edited by Fernando Enns and Annette Mosher, 201-14. Eugene. OR: Pickwick Publications, 2013.

Kraybill, Donald B. “Imitating God: Nickel Mines, Forgiveness, and Yoder.” Brethren Life and Thought 54 (Fall 2009): 1-13.

Kraybill, Donald B., Steven M. Nolt, and David L. Weaver-Zercher. The Amish Way: Patient Faith in a Perilous World. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010. A discussion and interpretation of the faith and spiritual practices of the Amish.

Luskin, Frederic. Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2002. An overview of how grievances are formed and how forgiveness can happen in appropriate and healing ways.

Minow, Martha. Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History After Genocide and Mass Violence. Boston: Beacon Press, 1998. An examination of varied responses to mass violence around the world and the potential for healing.

Monville, Marie, with Cindy Lambert. One Light Still Shines: My Life beyond the Shadow of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2013. Marie Roberts Monville, the wife of the shooter, shares her story of her life after the Amish schoolhouse shooting.

Shults, F. LeRon, and Steven J. Sandage. The Faces of Forgiveness: Searching for Wholeness and Salvation. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2003. An introduction to the connections between Christian theology and psychological approaches to forgiveness.

Tutu, Desmond. No Future Without Forgiveness. New York: Doubleday, 1999. A memoir by the chair of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which responded to the offenses of apartheid.

Volf, Miroslav. Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2005. An exploration of forgiveness from a Christian theologian who connects human forgiveness to God’s graciousness.

Wiesenthal, Simon. The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness. Rev. ed. New York: Schocken Books, 1997. A true story of a Nazi’s plea for forgiveness to a Jewish prisoner, with subsequent reflections on the prisoner’s silent response.

Worthington, Everett L., Jr. Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Theory and Application. New York: Routledge, 2006. A clinical-research-based book that combines definitions of forgiveness with clinical theory on how forgiveness can be promoted in practice.

Wright, N. T. Evil and the Justice of God. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2006. An examination of the problem of evil—and the need to forgive in a world where evil exists—by the Anglican archbishop of Durham.

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