As Archbishop of Cape Town at the height of the Apartheid regime in South Africa, Desmond Tutu saw many shocking and violent incidents. Later, as Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, as well as a leading peace negotiator in many troubled parts of the world, he heard many appalling stories of man's inhumanity to man. Yet he still has a firm conviction that we are 'made by goodness for goodness'. Another way of putting this is: the essential truth about all of us is that we are made in the image and likeness of God.
Tutu explains that, though we sometimes act out of depravity and despair, we do know in our heart of hearts that we are not as we were meant to be, and were created to be so much more. The truth of human goodness can get hidden under the fear that we cannot live up to its demands, or it can get buried under faults or failures, or it can just get forgotten.
In this thoughtful and important book, the Archbishop (with his daughter, Mpho Tutu) shows how we can find our way back to goodness by changing our attitudes, by practising forgiveness, and by prayer. Then we will begin to see the goodness and beauty of others... If our view changes, this in turn makes all the difference to the way we act. And how we act towards one another affects not only ourselves but everything in our world - for the better.
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Even with the incredible trauma and cruelty Archbishop Tutu endured in South Africa during apartheid and the many atrocities he has witnessed in his life, he still radiates love and happiness. This wonderful new book is a great gift to the world and will help all of us celebrate our goodness and oneness - Sir Richard Branson, founder and chairman of the Virgin Group
Our boss and his daughter remind us here how clearly we are one: I am, because we are. The Tutu family takes us back to that fundamental truth, showing us that at the end of even the very worst day, it's in our DNA to look out for our brothers and sisters - Bono, lead singer of U2 and co-founder of ONE and (RED)
As the author so clearly and beautifully says in this book, 'anyone can choose to cultivate compassion.' Thank you Archbishop Tutu for helping us all come back home to our true nature, which is inherently good and whole, and touch the peace that is always there for us - Thich Nhat Hanh, author of The Miracle of Mindfulness
Desmond Tutu has walked the talk all his adult life. We can all be grateful that, together with his daughter Mpho, he has now shared his secrets for why he has so much hope and joy - Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland
The first black Archbishop of Cape Town, Tutu has won the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership of the S African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and today is Chair of a group of former world leaders, The Elders, which aims to tackle some of the world's most intractable problems. He has helped calm the political crisis in Kenya and regularly speaks out against Mugabe, Israel, the Iraq War and the Burmese junta, but is also noted for his irrepressible sense of humour and deep spirituality. In 2009 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama. He lives in S Africa but travels widely.
Mpho Tutu is Archbishop Tutu's daughter, and an Episcopal priest. The founder and Executive Director of the Tutu Institute for Prayer and Pilgrimage, she is also Chair of the Global Aids Alliance. An accomplished public speaker and preacher, she is married, with two daughters, and lives in Washington, DC.