Messiness....the process is messy.
Here are two more review that I have integrated into one. Love these words.
Your manuscript is a beautiful synthesis of faith, social activism and love in action.
I hope more people will explore your forgiveness journey that's elaborated on in this book. Some people only hear sound bites and are incredulous at your forgiveness stand. I know this and have heard them…. I would definitely recommend this book to (these) friends.
It was a compelling draft; I couldn’t actually put the book down. I was enthralled by the ‘trauma cloud’ and it played with my emotions, my memories and probably my own trauma cloud.
There were days when after reading, I was somber in thought and silent. Other days, I could not stop processing the material by talking out loud as I gardened.
Having read the draft, I am struck with - the messiness of storms, but the benefit of trauma clouds being given the ability to touch each other. The safe place where one can face the emotions, memories, the good and the bad and to witness potential healing. Is this the place of transformation? Is there hope with those we may say are hopeless?
You ask about Restorative Justice? What did you leave me with? I think that the reality of it is messy and we’ve been accustomed to try not to make any mess. To keep things orderly, neat, and tidy and try not to upset the cart…yet I am left with knowing that this in essence is the very place we need to go…to the mess of ones life and to understand that there could be hope, that these entities which are so different (3 legs) need one another in order to do the hard work of processing pain and suffering, which isn’t really about the other person, but rather it is about freedom,
Couple of great soundbites. "Forgiveness, it was in the DNA of my people." Also "Forgiveness is something that makes you feel better. It really has little to do with the other person at all" lastly "...victims are connected to the offender in an unfinished justice-making process.
Thank you for the opportunity and the offering you have given with this book.
I know that it will be something that provides great insight and wisdom.
The good reflections by both of these reviewers also informed the re-writing of this draft. I am very encouraged.
“Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard to sleep after.” - Anne Morrow