Inspiring Forgiveness

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“A beautiful book. Filled with courage, sweet mercy, and heart wisdom that can set you free.”—Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart

“More than ever, our world needs the wise and healing reminders Barbara Bonner offers in this jewel box of a book. These beautiful stories, poems, and quotes will bathe and tenderize your heart.”—Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance and Radical Compassion

Inspiring Forgiveness is a balm for this troubled world. It shows a path forward through the pain of harm and loss, opening new possibilities of love and freedom. This book actualizes its title: inspiring the great healing potential of forgiveness in all our lives.”—Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening


Poems, Quotations, and True Stories to Help with Forgiving Yourself and Others

Barbara Bonner

Sometimes forgiveness can feel unfathomable, unreachable, or even just plain wrong. Inspiring Forgiveness throws wide open the doors of possibility within the human heart with the wise words of philosophers, writers, poets, and great thinkers from across centuries and continents. Each offering can serve as a guidepost along the path to bringing greater forgiveness into our lives. This book also tells the stories of real-world people—from the Dalai Lama to Congressman John Lewis and more—whose lives were changed forever by forgiveness, including for themselves. Just bearing witness to these experiences can itself be transformative.

One wise teacher quoted in this book, Pema Chödrön, offers a simple practice for cultivating forgiveness: “First we acknowledge what we feel—shame, revenge, embarrassment, remorse. Then we forgive ourselves for being human. Each moment is an opportunity to make a fresh start.” This book is a collection of those moments.

Barbara Bonner’s Inspiring Forgiveness consists of twelve true stories of people who have endured great pain at the hands of others and have found a way to open themselves to forgiveness in its many forms. Each story is followed by extraordinary poems that speak to forgiveness, and the book contains a collection of over 100 inspiring quotations.

book information
  • ebook
  • 216 pages
  • $11.99
  • ISBN 9781614296027
  • Paperback
  • 216 pages, 8 x 8 inches
  • $19.95
  • ISBN 9781614295785
about the author
Inspiring Forgiveness

After starting her professional life as an art historian, Barbara Bonner has devoted her career to nonprofit management, fundraising and philanthropy. In New York she held leadership positions in three of the city’s distinguished museums. She then served as Vice President of Bennington College and of the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Since 2009 she has had her own consulting company that helps nonprofit organizations transform their board leadership and philanthropic support. In addition, Barbara has served on ten nonprofit boards, most recently as Board Chair of The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Several years ago she started a major fund for helping women with cancer in her region. After 30 years in New York City, Barbara now lives in a converted barn in the Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts.
Her first book, Inspiring Generosity, was published in 2014; her second book, Inspiring Courage, was published in 2017. Barbara has spoken widely on the subjects of generosity and leadership and is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post.

Praise for Barbara’s Books

Praise for Inspiring Generosity
“I am amazed every day by the stories of people around the world who give of themselves to help others. Inspiring Generosity is a beautiful book.”
—President Bill Clinton
“This book serves as a reminder of the kindness of the American people, and we are grateful for your support of our shared vision for our Nation’s future.”
—President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
“A thoughtful presentation.”
—Pope Francis
“This book is a great act of generosity on Barbara Bonner’s part, opening your hand, your heart, and your life in new and unexpected ways. Read it and you will love it!”
—Robert A. F. Thurman, Columbia University

Praise for Inspiring Courage
“Inspiring Courage touches the heart and fills you with spirit.”
—Jack Kornfield, author of A Path With Heart
“Barbara Bonner brings together stories, poems, and quotes about courage in a wonderful way that reveals the power, coherence and variety in our collective, indeed global, voices of courage. Inspiring Courage is an inspiration!”
—Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
“Courage is a timeless strength, and particularly relevant in these turbulent times. Barbara Bonner, once again, weaves together inspiring stories, poems and words of wisdom from a wide range of courageous beings.  This wonderful book uplifts the heart and helps us engage more passionately with our lives and the world.”
—Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening

“In this beautifully presented book, you will find illustrations of courage that enliven your own capacity to live, serve, savor and love without holding back.”
—Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

Other books by Barbara Bonner:
Inspiring Courage
Inspiring Generosity

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