Forgiveness - Ways to Practice - Books

i>Then Peter came and said to Jesus, "Lord, if another member of the church
sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?" Jesus said
to him, "Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy times seven."


— Matthew 18:21-22


Books
No Future Without Forgiveness
Desmond Tutu (Doubleday, 1999).

An Ethic for Enemies
Donald W. Shriver, Jr. (Oxford University Press, 1998).

The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness
Simon Wiesenthal (Schocken Books, 1998 edition).

Saint Maybe
Anne Tyler (Ballentine, 1996).

Embodying Forgiveness: A Theological Analysis
L. Gregory Jones (Eerdmans, 1995).

Mr. Ives' Christmas
Oscar Hijuelos (HarperCollins, 1995).

The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming
Henri Nouwen (Image Books, 1994).

Don't Forgive Too Soon: Extending the Two Hands that Heal
Dennis Linn, Sheila Fabricant Linn, and Matthew Linn (Paulist Press, 1997)

Films
The Straight Story
Filmed along the route that the actual Alvin Straight traversed in 1994 from Laurens, Iowa, to Mt. Zion, Wisconsin, The Straight Story chronicles Alvin's patient odyssey and those he meets along the way. When not rolling along at five miles an hour aboard his '66 lawnmower, Alvin encounters a number of strangers, from a teenage runaway to a fellow World War II veteran. By sharing his life's earned wisdom through simple stories, Alvin has a profound impact on these characters who color his pilgrimage toward reconciliation with an estranged brother. (1999)

Dead Man Walking
Based on Sister Helen Prejean's 1993 non-fiction book Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, explores the relationship between Sr. Prejean and Matthew Poncelet, a convicted rapist/murderer on Louisiana's death row. (1995)

Born on the Fourth of July
Portrays the story of Ron Kovic, a patriotic Catholic boy whose desire for confession and absolution fuels his personal quest for forgiveness and his political activism after being paralyzed in the Vietnam War. (1989)




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