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May 2009

Welcome Steve Brown Listeners!

May 15, 2009
By Catherine Larson

If you tuned in to Steve Brown, etc today you probaby heard me speaking about forgiveness, reconciliation and the Rwandan genocide. For listeners, I hope you'll take a look around this site, and particularly the get involved page to find out more about how you can do just that.

If you're a reader of my blog and wondering what I'm talking about, you can listen to the interview I did with Steve Brown here. Enjoy!

As We Forgive Featured on PBS

May 14, 2009
By Catherine Larson

Laura Waters Hinson's film, As We Forgive, which inspired my book is on PBS this month on various stations across the US. For a full listing of the times and channels where you can find the film, check out her schedule. If you haven't seen the film, and you've read the book, you'll enjoy being able to put faces with the names of several of the characters that you've read about in the book.

Also, if you haven't had a chance to explore the newly launched Living Bricks Campaign website, take some time to do so. Hinson and Prison Fellowship International are working together to raise funds and support for the ongoing work of reconciliation in Rwanda. If you've read my book, you'll remember the story of Rosaria and Saveri. The campaign will help other exprisoners like Saveri and Mattias whose stories I share participate in building homes for survivors like Rosaria. In doing so, they are tangibly showing the reality of their remorse, and helping in some small way to better the lives of those they have wronged. The Living Bricks Campaign is one of several ways to get involved in helping Rwandans today and something which I've been promoting on my 100 day blog tour.

Urban Faith and Reconciliation Blog

May 14, 2009
By Catherine Larson

Ed Gilbreath, author of Reconciliation Blues: A Black Evangelical's View of White Christianity, has interviewed me this week on forgiveness, reconciliation in Rwanda and posted the conversation on Urban Faith. I really enjoyed this Q&A and had the chance to delve into issues like what role the church played in this tragic history and what we can learn from it.

Also on Ed's personal blog, Reconciliation Blog, he writes:

Over the last week or so, I’ve been absorbed in Catherine Claire Larson’s new book, As We Forgive: Stories of Reconciliation from Rwanda. If you’re interested in a deeper understanding of what happened in Rwanda in 1994, or a deeper understanding of the miraculous process of reconciliation, I commend this great book to you.

Next week the blog tour continues at Jeff Cook's Everything New site. Jeff has also written a powerful book called Seven, which pairs the seven deadly sins with the beattitudes adding a lot of fresh ideas to an ancient subject.

The Blog Tour Continues

May 04, 2009
By Catherine Larson

Dan Cruver over at Together for Adoption interviews me today about As We Forgive. Here's a little from their website about what Together for Adoption stands for:

Together for Adoption (T4A) sponsors adoption conferences that focus primarily on vertical adoption (i.e., God adopting us in Christ), with a secondary focus on its implications for orphan care and horizontal adoption (i.e., couples adopting children).  In fulfillment of our objectives, we desire to see conference attendees walk away from a T4A event:

  • understanding why it is that vertical adoption is the highest blessing of the gospel
  • rejoicing afresh in the gospel
  • moved to act on James 1:27 both locally and globally

This week's interviews will mostly focus on the two stories I tell in As We Forgive which particularly focus on the lives of Rwanda's genocide orphans.

Also, today, Jordan Ballor of the Acton Insitute mentions As We Forgive in his discussion of restorative justice over at Touchstone's Mere Comments.