Forgiveness and Reintegration

How the Transformative Process of Forgiveness Impacts Child Soldier Reintegration

By Stephanie Goins

Forgiveness and Reintegration

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  • ISBN: 9781498283236
  • Pages: 304
  • Publication Date: 4/11/2016
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Forgiveness and Reintegration

How the Transformative Process of Forgiveness Impacts Child Soldier Reintegration

By Stephanie Goins

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  • ISBN: 9781498283236
  • Pages: 304
  • Publication Date: 4/11/2016
  • Retail Price: $35.00
Web Price: $28.00
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Forgiveness, essential for all healthy human relations, becomes all the more critical when speaking of good reintegration for child soldiers. Children were both victims and perpetrators of horrendous crimes during Sierra Leone's ten-year civil war that ended in 2002. Many former child soldiers sought to reintegrate with their families and communities, though the receptiveness of families and communities was essential for this process to be successful. This book examines forgiveness and reintegration from psychological, theological, philosophical and anthropological perspectives and asks if forgiveness can contribute to and facilitate reintegration for former child soldiers. Despite the magnitude of atrocities experienced, Sierra Leone's people have demonstrated that indeed, the transformative process of forgiveness has enabled them to live in forgiving ways for more than 13 years.

Endorsements & Reviews-

This remarkable book on child soldiers in Sierra Leone combines philosophical, theological and psychological theory and narratives in an exploration of the sometimes painful and always complex history of violence perpetrated on and by children. Focusing on the role of forgiveness in their rehabilitation and reintegration, it offers both insights and hope, making an excellent resource for programmatic guidance and teaching.
Jo Boyden, Professor of International Development and Director, Young Lives, Department of International Development, University of Oxford

To say that this book has moved me is an understatement. Stephanie Goins' research and data clearly support that forgiveness is a useful and necessary component of the reintegration and rehabilitation process for former child soldiers. In other words: The study stands on a solid theoretical ground, where particularly psychology and theology are in constant dialogue. This dialogue is a major contribution to the fields of both psychology and theology.
From the Foreword by Knud Jorgensen, Adjunct Professor in Missiology, Communication and Leadership at MF Norwegian School of Theology

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Stephanie Goins

Bio(s)-

Having begun her career in psychology, Dr. Stephanie Goins is currently serving as Executive Programs Director for a human rights organization focusing on prevention and aftercare for trafficked and exploited children. Dr. Goins is passionate for the well being of children, deeply committed to justice, and dedicated to a lifestyle of forgiveness. She has spent considerable time abroad, and discovered how critical it is to frame our understandings through the eyes of the other, particularly those of a child. These values and beliefs led her to Sierra Leone, where she discovered that recovery from even the most horrendous of crimes could be facilitated through the transformative power of forgiveness.

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