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Recent Regnum publication: Forgiveness and Reintegration

How the Transformative Process of Forgiveness Impacts Child Soldier Reintegration

Stephanie Goins (PhD, OCMS/University of Wales, 2008)

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Forgiveness and Reintegration: How the Transformative Process of Forgiveness Impacts Child Soldier Reintegration, is the latest publication in the Regnum Studies in Mission series and looks at the reintegration of Sierra Leone’s child soldiers following the 10 year civil war that ended in 2002.

This is a moving and remarkable book and Stephanie Goins’ research combines philosophical, theological and psychological theory and narratives in an exploration of the sometimes painful and always complex history of violence perpetrated on and by children. Focusing on the role of forgiveness in their rehabilitation and reintegration, it offers both insights and hope, making an excellent resource for programmatic guidance and teaching.

Dr Stephanie Goins is currently serving as Executive Programs Director for a human rights organization focusing on prevention and aftercare for trafficked and exploited children. Dr Goins is passionate for the well-being of children, deeply committed to justice, and dedicated to a lifestyle of forgiveness. She has spent considerable time abroad, and discovered how critical it is to frame our understandings through the eyes of the other, particularly those of a child. These values and beliefs led her to Sierra Leone, where she discovered that recovery from even the most horrendous of crimes can be facilitated through the transformative power of forgiveness.

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