Inspiring Forgiveness

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This book is an invitation to stand in the light of forgiveness and feel its power to inspire you. The gift I hope to give readers is the possibility of simply resetting your compass toward forgiveness, a little at a time. No grand gesture is needed. A new perspective is no small thing, quite grand enough.
Forgiveness asks us to open our hearts to those who have wounded us, offering the chance to them and to ourselves to begin again. It is a process, often a slow one, of trial and error, requiring practice and great patience. Yet with even the smallest shift in how we look at the offense or the offender, our orientation can change and leave us standing in a new place, with the heavy burden of blame and grudge-holding lightened—what the mindfulness teacher Jack Kornfield calls “not carrying the hatred in your heart.”

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Beautiful. Filled with courage, sweet mercy, and heart wisdom that can set you free.
Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart

Barbara Bonner has created a gem in her collection of poetry, quotes, and stories all meant to inspire us on our path towards understanding and achieving forgiveness.
Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness

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. Barbara Bonner’s new 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

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

Barbara Bonner hit a grandslam homerun with Inspiring Forgiveness! This profoundly touching book feels like a soothing balm for the heart. It calms and comforts where we need it most, including forgiving ourselves.
Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Buddha’s Brain

I knew that this book would be inspiring, because all of Barbara Bonner’s books are. But I had no idea that it would take us down into the gnarly details of the process of forgiveness. Let’s face it; forgiveness is the hardest thing. And Bonner helps us understand how to actually DO it in even the most difficult of circumstances. She does not shrink from the tough stuff. I adore this book, and will, quite simply, spend the rest of my life digesting its wisdom.
Stephen Cope, author of The Great Work of Your Life

Read this book a little, and you will find a little forgiveness.
Read this book completely, and you will free your heart.
Sumi Loundon Kim, Buddhist Chaplain, Yale University, and author of Sitting Together, A Family-Centered Curriculum on Mindfulness, Meditation and Buddhist Teachings

Forgiveness is hard won. It takes everything and we are not in charge of the timing of the process. We have to just be completely willing. Easy to say. In this treasury, Barbara Bonner walks us through many new ways and insights to forge a new relationship to forgiveness,
Sensei Koshin Paley Ellison, author of Wholehearted: Slow Down, Help Out, Wake up

This book, masquerading as an inspirational volume, urgently points to a quality essential to our well-being. While focused on forgiveness, this is but one instance of the broader value of learning to let go—of our regrets, grievances, petty preoccupations, distorted and self-serving stories – all of it. Letting go of our tendency to nurture our injuries is as imperative to emotional health as it is challenging. Bonner’s eloquent examples of those who have suffered more than most of us can imagine point, again and again, to the very real possibility of forgiving, and its value for us, those who have been harmed. The volume itself is lovely in its abundant use of poetry, quotes, even the typeset. But this loveliness should not be taken to suggest the topic is trivial; indeed it points to the absolute requirement of relearning kindness toward ourselves and others as a prerequisite for restoring peace to our world.
Paul Fulton, Psychologist, Author, Co-Founder, Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy

An inspiring celebration of the greatest human virtue.
David Loy, Author of Ecodharma; Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis

Inspiring Forgiveness is a book that has worked me into the bones of my integrity. I hate the difficulty of the process, yet love the life that holds it. This book invites a complex purifying aspect for us all – thus deepening our capacity to live together with greater freedom.
Larry Yang, author of Awakening Together; the Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community

Forgiveness is the enabler for healing and reconciliation between individuals, groups, and nations alike. In this beautifully crafted book, Barbara weaves together stories, poems and quotes to inspire ways forgiveness can enrich our lives. May these words inspire many to lighten our hearts of anger, hatred, and the delusion of our separation.
Anurag Gupta, MPhil, JD, Expert on Breaking Bias & CEO, BE MORE

Ever since I heard the quote “forgiveness is giving up all hope for a better past,” I’ve been intrigued by its transformative power. With artfully rendered quotes and commentary ranging from Hannah Arendt to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Bonner beautifully brings the reader into a meditative journey, discovering many facets of forgiveness along the way. A delightful read.
Jud Brewer MD PhD, author of The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love – Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits

Inspiring Forgiveness is a beautifully designed contemplation on one of the best practices we have for healing and opening our hearts.
Elizabeth A. Stanely, Ph.D., author of Widen the Window: Training Your Brain and Body to Thrive During Stress and Recover from Trauma

There may be nothing more challenging than to forgive what we believe to be unforgivable – it is one of the greatest acts of courage and love we can experience. In this brilliant book, Barbara Bonner has connected together an inspiring collection of stories and writing that guide us through this profound soul work. With care and vision she creates a pathway for us to recover the possibility and power in trusting our capacity to forgive and ultimately to love.
Sebene Selassie, teacher and writer

This powerful book can defuse the most destructive bombs and clean the wounds caused by the shrapnel of anger.
Leslie Thomas, director of “The Prosecutors”

Inspiring Generosity

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In recent years I have been studying generosity – the motivations for it and its power to transform the lives of individuals, organizations, communities and cultures. This work has now culminated in my award-winning book Inspiring Generosity, published by Wisdom Publications. You can preview and buy the book here.

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“The best thing I have read on the path of generosity.
Warning: this book might change your life.”

David Loy, author of The World is Made of Stories

“Read it and you will love it!”

Robert A. F. Thurman, Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies,
Columbia University, and President, Tibet House USA

“Truth explodes from every page…”

Stephen Cope, author of The Great Work of Your Life

Inspiring Courage

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It takes courage to live a human life. We all have varying degrees of courage. For some, it is buried deep in hearts and psyches; for others, it is a bright light that guides every step. But, for all of us, finding courage can be a choice we make every day – often in the quietest of ways. There is great courage in living life to the fullest, living with authenticity and a sense of alignment with one’s most deeply held values. And sometimes, simply getting up every day and putting one foot in front of the other is an act of immense courage.

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“Touches the heart and fills you with spirit.”

Jack Kornfield, author of A Path With Heart

Inspiring Courage is an inspiration.”

Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness

 Inspiring Courage is food for the heart longing to live fully and exuberantly!”

Stephen Cope, Author of The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling