• Radical Forgiveness: Antoinette Bosco, who forgave the man who killed her son and daughter-in-law in their Montana home and has worked tirelessly against the death penalty, provides an in-depth examination of the Christian practice of forgiveness.
  • Choosing Mercy: Antoinette Bosco sets her thoughts about forgiveness in the context of speaking out against capital punishment.
  • No Future without Forgiveness: Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu of South Africa ponders the role of forgiveness in the process of restorative justice.
  • Change of Heart: Jeanne Bishop explains how she came to forgive the man who murdered her sister.
  • Beyond Forgiveness: Phil Cousineau shares a top-drawer collection of 15 essays on understanding and practicing atonement as an act that makes amends and repairs harm.
  • God's Tender Mercy: Joan Chittister profoundly and prophetically assesses forgiveness and other aspects of the Christian path.
  • The Tao of Forgiveness: William Martin offers a fascinating and fruitful exploration of forgiveness through Taoist and Zen stories, poems, questions, and exercises.
  • The Forgiveness Solution: Philip H. Friedman provides an impressive and multidimensional collection of exercises and practices to nurture forgiveness in us.
  • Forgiveness: Joseph Sica probes the spiritual practice of forgiveness in creative, constructive, and illuminating ways.
  • Forgiveness: Paula Huston examines different aspects of forgiveness in relationship to Jesus' teachings on love.
  • Calm Surrender: Kent Nerburn writes about real people facing steep challenges, illustrating how walking the hard road of forgiveness can be a habit of the heart.
  • How Good Do We Have to Be?: Harold S. Kushner reveals that God's forgiveness enables us to accept our flaws and the flaws of others.
  • Spiritual Maturity: Joseph Sharp makes the point that like spiritual maturity, forgiveness cannot be rushed.
  • How Can I Forgive You?: Janis Abrahms Spring frames her assessment of forgiveness in terms of interpersonal relationships and psychological insights.
  • Forgive for Good: Fred Luskin, cofounder and director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Project, offers techniques for implementing this important spiritual practice.
  • Forgiveness: Gerald G. Jampolsky discusses how this practice heals on physical and mental levels.
  • Forgive & Forget: Lewis B. Smedes notes that "forgiveness is love's revolution against life's unfairness" in this watershed work on the difficult subject.
  • Forgiven and Forgiving: L. William Countryman sheds light on the relationship between forgiveness and grace.
  • A Forgiving Heart: Lyn Klug presents Christian prayers and quotations on this practice.
  • The Wisdom of Forgiveness: His Holiness the Dalai Lama forgives his enemies and sees their welfare and happiness linked to his own.
  • Heart of Forgiveness: Madeleine Ko-I Bastis, a Buddhist hospital chaplain, demonstrates the transformative powers of this practice.
  • New Age Judaism: Melinda Ribner examines the role of forgiveness in her synthesis of Jewish and New Age thought.


Life can turn dark in the twinkling of an eye. In a spiritual emergency, one way to rebuild our character is the practice of forgiveness. These are themes of Anne Tyler's novel Saint Maybe.

In 1965 Baltimore, Ian Bedloe belongs to an "ideal, apple-pie household." He and his parents are surprised, then, when his older brother Danny decides to marry Lucy, a divorcee with two small children. One evening Ian, feeling pressed into too much babysitting, expresses in harsh and judgmental terms his doubts about Lucy's loyalty to Danny. The consequences are catastrophic and, over the years, Ian must go through the different seasons of forgiveness as he struggles to make peace with the past.

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