Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity
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Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity : Servant Leadership as a Way of Life

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Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity: Servant Leadership as a Way of Life speaks to categorical human transgressions in the hope that readers will be compelled to examine their own prejudices and engage the moral responsibility to evoke in their own personal life, work life, and larger national communities a more humane and life-giving coexistence. In Forgiveness and Power, leaders are not coercive but persuasive, and recognized as those who love, serve, and heal others.show more

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  • Paperback | 246 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 272.15g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739169491
  • 9780739169490

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The greatest figures in history, both human and divine, led with forgiveness. In this book, Shann Ferch uncovers the beauty and grit of vulnerable leadership, forgiving leadership, servant leadership. The power of leading with forgiveness offers high hope for our world's atrocious history and terrifying future. -- Bill Robinson, Whitworth University In Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity Shann Ray Ferch succeeds in creating one of the most beautiful, inspiring, and lyrical books that I have read on servant leadership, or any subject. Shann gets to the heart and soul of what it means to embrace and practice servant leadership. In these, the most cynical of times that our world has ever known, this book points the way toward a more hopeful and compassionate world-a world where misplaced power and aggression are countered by Martin Luther King's unarmed truth and unconditional love-through the power of servant leadership. -- Larry C. Spears, The Spears Center for Servant Leadership Dr. Shann Ferch has written a remarkably comprehensive and convincing exploration of forgiveness as the ground of healing and service, and then applied it to the principles and activities of leadership in the contemporary world. I enthusiastically recommend this volume to those who are not only interested in leadership studies, but also in the deepest dimensions and possibilities of love and the human condition. It is a remarkable antidote to the cynicism underlying some of the new purely pragmatic (and frequently inhuman) leadership theories. -- Robert J. Spitzer, SUNY Cortland, author of Saving the Constitution from Lawyers In a world where hurt and hate dominate the headlines, Shann Ray Ferch is a bold purveyor of peace and love, much in the tradition of Robert Greenleaf. One cannot read this book without experiencing a reflective resolve to live with greater intentionality and purpose. -- Andrew K. Benton Read this book if you are ready to live a new horizon. It is unsettling and worthy of every precious moment to read-each page creates an asymmetrical balance of joy, tears, laughter, and resolve. To end atrocity through love and forgiveness... this book is a beam of hope for humankind. -- Mary McFarland, Gonzaga Universityshow more

About Shann Ray Ferch

Shann Ray Ferch is professor of leadership in the PhD Program in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University. He is the also editor of The International Journal of Servant Leadership and his work regarding conflict and the human will to forgive and reconcile has appeared in scientific journals internationally.show more

Table of contents

1 Publications Acknowledgments 2 What is Servant Leadership? 3 Servant Leadership in the Present Day 4 Foreword: The Power of Servant Leadership 5 Preface: Balefire: The World of Violence and Forgiveness Chapter 6 Servant Leadership, Forgiveness, and Power Part 7 A Fine Grace Part 8 When We Rise Part 9 The Dignity of Life Part 10 The Eloquent Question Part 11 Of Love and Human Violence Part 12 Emerson on Love Part 13 Sand Creek Part 14 The House of Light Chapter 15 Personal Consciousness, Interior Fortitude Part 16 Shame and Forgiveness Part 17 The Family, The World Part 18 The Way of the Child Part 19 Martin Luther King Jr. and Desmond Tutu Part 20 The Question of Love and Power Part 21 Before the Velvet Revolution Part 22 The Practice of Consciousness Part 23 Servant Leadership Consciousness and Listening Chapter 24 A Narrative of Hope and Responsible Action Part 25 The Inward Road Part 26 The Illumined Nature of Persuasion Part 27 People of Self-Transcendence Part 28 Shadow and Light Part 29 A Cree Man's Journey Part 30 The Nature of the Forgiving Touch Part 31 Healing the Heart of the World 32 Afterword: Acts of Courage and Clarity 33 Endnotes 34 References 35 Recommended Readings in Servant Leadership 36 About the Author 37 Other Publications by Shann Ray Ferchshow more

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