In compelling stories and thoughtful reflections, Catherine Claire Larson gives us glimpses of the powerful transformation taking place in Rwanda today. Reconciliation can indeed follow unspeakable evil; forgiveness is the key.
Daniel W. Van Ness | Executive Director
Centre for Justice and Reconciliation
Those who fear the breadth of America’s left-right gap should see how radical forgiveness is healing Rwanda’s far, far greater divide. Catherine Claire Larson realistically reports both scars and grace.
Provost, The KIng’s College
Catherine Claire Larson is a bright, talented writer who has given us one of the most moving tales of reconciliation in one of the most difficult places in the world. This is a book I can wholeheartedly endorse. Read this. It will strengthen your faith.
Founder, Prison Fellowship
Ignore the doubters, skeptics, and experts about Rwanda and reconciliation after the 1994 genocide. Catherine Claire Larson has witnessed the same thing that I and a handful of other Westerners have, which is that everyday Rwandans who take the risk of biblical forgiveness soon experience new joy beyond human understanding. This book chronicles the miracle of forgiveness in a distinctive, evocative, and potent way.
I had trouble reading Catherine Claire Larson’s book—As We Forgive: Stories of Reconciliation from Rwanda, because of the lump in my throat and the flood of tears that made it difficult to focus. These stories of forgiveness in the wake of the Rwandan genocide are miracles of the highest order. Catherine does not just tell the story but she does so with a deft literary touch that actually does justice to the extraordinary stories. Like me, the reader may find their vision blurred from tears, but please persevere and discover what true forgiveness really looks like.
Frank A. James III
President, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
A painful and beautiful story. I now see that sin is worse, and the cross of Christ greater, than I had ever imagined. In fact, the cross is our only hope of resurrection.
Kelly Monroe Kullburg
Founder, Veritas Forum
Reviews & Interviews:
Tom Gilson, “Book Review: As We Forgive: Stories of Reconciliation from Rwanda,” ThinkingChristian.com, 25 April 2009.
“I have just experienced one of the most remarkable books of my life…” Tom Gilson
Steve Brown Radio interview, “As We Forgive, Catherine Larson on SBE,” May 15, 2009:
“Wow, this book … may be life-changing, may rattle your world.” Steve Brown
Marcia Ford, “As We Forgive: Stories of Reconciliation from Rwanda,” BookReporter.com, 27 January 2009.
“…it’s a beautifully written, deeply touching, powerfully moving chronicle of lives once torn apart that are now on the path to restoration.” Marcia Ford
Melissa Morgan, “Reconciliation in Rwanda: A Conversation with Author Catherine Claire Larson,” byFaith: The Online Magazine of the Presbyterian Church in America, 31 March 2009.
Susan Olasky, “Notable Books: Four Notable Books,” World Magazine, 11 April 2009.
“She sensitively conveys her subjects’ stories and pulls from them lessons about forgiveness that all of us must learn.” Susan Olasky
Jackson Mvunganyi, Radio Interview on Voice of America’s Upfront Africa,
Jason Boyett, “As We Forgive Review,” Beliefnet, 12 May 2006,
“I can’t recommend Larson’s book enough…” Jason Boyett
Brad Lomenick director of Catalyst named Catherine Larson to his young influencer list.
“One of the best books I’ve read in the past five years…” Brad Lomenick.
Dan Cruver, “As We Forgive Q&A,” Together for Adoption, 4 May 2009.
“I found these stories deeply moving,” Dan Cruver.
Ed Gilbreath, “Stories of Reconciliation from Rwanda,” 13 May 2009, Reconciliation Blog,
“If you’re interested in a deeper understanding of what happened in Rwanda in 1994, or a deeper understanding of the miraculous process of reconciliation, I commend this great book to you.” Ed Gilbreath.
Jordan Ballor, PBR Interview, “As We Forgive Review,” 22 April 2009, Acton Power Blog.
“As We Forgive is a must-read for anyone interested in the recent history of Rwanda, the practice of restorative justice, or the Christian understanding of forgiveness and reconciliation. “ Jordan Ballor