From Violence to Blessing
Vern Neufeld Redekop
Number of pages: 408
Oka, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Belfast, Afghanistan. The list keeps growing... In this important and timely book, Vern Neufeld Redekop shares his extensive experience as one of Canada's foremost consultants in conflict resolution.
He shows the challenges of how a disposition towards violence can subvert the need for peace and re-conciliation, Redekop takes his readers on a guided tour of violence in the world. He also presents, in a clear and accessible fashion, the implications of the work of René Girard on how as a culture, we tend to act out repeated patterns of violence. Most important, this is a book about getting beyond the imitative violence that René Girard writes about and working with the fragments of experience that can slowly be reformed as peace and reconciliation.
In this powerful book, Redekop lets the voices of people caught on the wrong side of sectarian violence speak for themselves.