Book Release: Forgiveness is Really Strange

We are pleased to inform followers of the DLCC of the publication of Forgiveness is Really Strange by DLCC Honorary Fellow, Marina Cantacuzino and Dr. Masi Noor, with art by Sophie Standing

This imaginative comic uses science and real stories to explore key aspects of forgiveness, asking what it means to forgive and to be forgiven. It answers questions about the health benefits and restorative potential of forgiveness and explains, in easy-to-understand terms, what happens in our brains, bodies and communities when we choose to forgive.

In the book, Dr. Masi Noor notes that, ‘Growing up in Afghanistan, I have had plenty of opportunities to experience hurt and loss. What’s motivated me to explore forgiveness has been realising the collateral damage that un-forgiveness can cause, including losing trust and confidence in others. These others were often just bystanders or guilty by association. Therefore I was victimising many innocent folk without realising it. Forgiveness may not be as sweet as revenge, but it seems to have fewer damaging side-effects.’

Marina Cantacuzino explains, ‘Over the years I’ve witnessed people put their friends or family into exile because of something they’ve said or done (or haven’t said or done!). It’s always seemed such a brutal response to being hurt. While I’m dead against prescribing forgiveness, I’ve come to believe forgiveness is the oil of personal relationships. People will let us down and forgiving is about letting go of the expectation that they won’t.’ 

  • Marina Cantacuzino is the founder of The Forgiveness Project, an award-winning secular charity working with real stories to explore how forgiveness, empathy and sharing narratives can be used to break cycles of harm, transform relationships and restore hope.
  • Masi Noor currently works at the School of Psychology, Keele University. Masi does research in Organisational Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Developmental Psychology.

Readers can find more information, and purchase Forgiveness is Really Strange at Singing Dragon.