What is forgiveness? What enables people to forgive? Why do we even choose to forgive those who have harmed us? What can the latest psychological research tell us about the nature of forgiveness, its benefits and risks?
This imaginative comic explores the key aspects of forgiveness, asking what it means to forgive and to be forgiven. Witty and intelligent, it answers questions about the health benefits and restorative potential of forgiveness and explains, in easy-to-understand terms, what happens in our brains, bodies and communities when we choose to forgive.
'This book on forgiveness won't bully you, but it will make you think. And it might just change your life for ever. I loved it.'
- Richard Holloway, author, broadcaster and former Bishop of Edinburgh
'If the last thing you would ever want to do is to forgive those who hurt you most, then read this book.'
- Lemn Sissay, author and broadcaster
'I strongly believe in the power of forgiveness to transform lives and this beautiful book opens up the subject in a creative, imaginative and highly original way.'
- Francesca Martinez, comedian, writer and activist
'Just open the first page of Forgiveness is Really Strange. You will be drawn instantly into all the knotty issues of this vital subject, in a totally magnetic way. How? Because a psychologist from Keele University and the person who pioneered the Forgiveness Project got together with a brilliant graphic artist, so there are very few words. What you get is an unsentimental, evidence-based approach to a subject that can otherwise seem wishy-washy at times. Very complex and challenging ideas are conveyed through amazing life examples and simple, powerful illustrations. Give it to everyone you know, and the world will be happier place.'
- Dr Scilla Elworthy, founder of the Oxford Research Group and Peace Direct
'Social psychology cannot be closed in the ivory tower. It must be directly related to life of lay people and transferred for them. The book by Masi Noor and Marina Cantacuzino fulfils exactly this need. Forgiveness is an important part of human repertoire and its description and analysis should be brought close to people. The book, through fantastic artistic drawings as well as comprehensive, smart, relevant, and meaningful text, provides a unique example of how to carry this mission. This way brings social psychological knowledge to many thousands of individuals who can think and reflect about human behaviour of forgiveness.'
- Daniel Bar-Tal, Professor Emeritus, School of Education, Tel Aviv University, Israel and Founder of SISO: Save Israel. Stop the Occupation
About the Authors:
Dr Masi Noor is a senior lecturer in social psychology at the University of Keele with a special interest in forgiveness as a possible conflict resolution strategy. Together with Marina Cantacuzino, he created The Forgiveness Toolbox (www.theforgivenesstoolbox.com). Masi is based in Liverpool, UK.
Marina Cantacuzino is an award-winning journalist and founder of The Forgiveness Project (www.theforgivenessproject.com), a charitable organization that uses real personal narratives to explore how ideas around forgiveness, reconciliation, and conflict resolution can be used to impact positively on people's lives. She is based in London, UK.