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Made for Goodness: And Why This Makes All the Difference

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In his most personal and inspirational book to date, the beloved Nobel Prize-winner and humanitarian shares the secret of joy and hope in the face of life’s difficulties

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has witnessed some of the world’s darkest moments, for decades fighting the racist government policy of aprtheid and since then being an ambassador of peace amidst political, diplomatic, and natural disasters. Yet people continue to find him one of the most joyful and hopeful people they have encountered. In Made for Goodness, Tutu shares his source of strength and optimism.

Written with his daughter, Mpho, who is also an ordained Anglican minister, Tutu argues that God has made us for goodness, and when we simply start walking in the direction of this calling, God is there to meet us, encourage us, embrace us. God has made the world as a grand theater for us to work out this call to goodness; it is up to us to live up to this calling, but God is there to help us every step of the way. So tackling our worst problems takes on new meaning and is bostered with hope and the expectation that that is exactly where God will show up. Father and daughter offer an inspiring message of hope that will transform readers into activists for change and blessing.

ISBN-13: 9780061706608

Media Type: Paperback(Reprint)

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Publication Date: 03-08-2011

Pages: 224

Product Dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Desmond Mpilo Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. In 1986 he was elected archbishop of Cape Town, the highest position in the Anglican Church in South Africa. In 1994, after the end of apartheid and the election of Nelson Mandela, Tutu was appointed as chair of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate apartheid-era crimes. His policy of forgiveness and reconciliation has become an international example of conflict resolution and a trusted method of postconflict reconstruction. He is currently the chair of The Elders, where he gives vocal defense of human rights and campaigns for the oppressed. The Reverend Mpho A. Tutu is currently the executive director of The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.

What People are Saying About This

Thomas Cahill

“I doubt there is anyone on this Earth with a deeper sense of God’s presence and goodness than Archbishop Tutu. If you are thirsty for spiritual drink, come to the water of this beautiful book.”

Richard Branson

“Even with the incredible trauma and cruelty he endured in South Africa, Archbishop Tutu still radiates love and happiness. This book is a great gift to the world and will help all of us celebrate our goodness and oneness.”

Barbara Brown Taylor

“With disarming narrative skill,...Tutu and his daughter...tell true stories in which both brutality and hopefulness turn out to be as intimate as they are global. If you are still open to being convinced that goodness changes everything, then this book is for you.”

Mary Robinson

“Desmond Tutu has walked the talk all his adult life. We can all be grateful that, together with his daughter Mpho, he has now shared his secrets for why he has so much hope and joy.”

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 The Difference Goodness Makes 1

2 Stop "Being Good" 22

3 An Invitation to Wholeness 45

4 Free to Choose 65

5 The Habits of Wrongness 94

6 Where Is God When We Suffer? 110

7 Where Is God When We Fail 127

8 Why Does God Let Us Sin? 147

9 Going Home to Goodness 161

10 Hearing God's Voice 183

11 Seeing with God's Eyes 208

Acknowledgements 233