Redeeming the Past by Fr. Michael Lapsley
My Journey from Freedom Fighter to Healer

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Exiled to Zimbabwe because of his anit-apartheid work in South Africa, Father Lapsley opened a letter-bomb in 1990 that blew away both hands. This memoir tells of the events leading up to the explosion and his subsequent journey from freedom fighter to healer.

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Michael Lapsley was born in New Zealand and ordained a priest in Australia after joining the Society of the Sacred Mission. The society sent him to South Africa as a missionary in 1973. There he became chaplain to Anglican university students and became active in the anti-apartheid movement, ultimately joining the African National Congress. Exiled to Zimbabwe, he narrowly survived an assassination attempt. Later, he returned to South Africa and participated in the transition to the post-apartheid era. In 1998 he founded the Institute for Healing of Memories, a project that has taken him around the world to work with victims--as well as perpetrators--of violence and trauma. Stephen Karakashian is an American psychotherapist who has spent a number of years working with Fr. Michael and the Institute in South Africa. He lives in Portland, OR.
Published June 13, 2012 by Orbis. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, History. Non-fiction

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Not quite three months after Nelson Mandela was freed from Robben Island in 1990, Anglican priest and African National Congress chaplain Lapsley opened a letter sent in the mail.

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