This small book weaves together some unforgettably powerful tales of
individuals who chose to forgive the people who destroyed their lives. For Josef-Ben Eliezer, a German Jew who was robbed and beaten by the Nazis before
he fled to Palestine, the alternative to not forgiving was becoming what he
most hated: after the war, he found himself beating and even murdering
Palestinians. He eventually became a Christian and felt God's forgiveness,
and from there felt empowered to freely forgive those who had wronged him.
Many of the book's contributors who chose to forgive remark that forgiving
was actually a selfish, not selfless, option, for it permitted them to move
on with their lives without being consumed by hatred. One man who had been
abducted and shot as a ten-year-old later told his kidnapper that he had
forgiven him, and borrowed the words of the biblical Joseph who told his
brothers, "That which you intended for evil, God has used for good."