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January 14, 2009

Virtue at Its Testing Point

Main-book1 So, I'm excited to announce that I've received my very own advanced copy of my book! It was an awesome feeling to actually hold it and thumb through the pages of almost two years of work. As We Forgive: Stories of Reconciliation from Rwanda will be released by Zondervan on February 1st, just a few short weeks away. The book tells the stories of seven survivors of the 1994 genocide and their journeys to forgive the unthinkable.

Last night I was emailing with one of the Rwandans whose story I recount in my book. His name is Phanuel. He is a man of such courage. As a Hutu teenager, he took several bullets in his body rather than point out his Tutsi classmates to the rebels who invaded his high school in a 1997 post-genocide attack. When they demanded the students divide into their ethnic groups, the students in that classroom would only say, "We are all Rwandans." Any one of those students could have potentially saved themselves, by outing others. But none of them did. Several of them died because of that courage.

When I think about Phanuel, I can't help but think of what C.S. Lewis once said: "Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at its testing point."

If you haven't pre-ordered your copy, I'd love for you to do so. You can get one through Amazon. If you do, I'd love for you to share your thoughts on it by posting a customer review there. Or you can wait a few weeks and get one at your local Barnes & Noble or Borders or Books-A-Million or Target. If you're on Facebook, you can also become a fan of the book and I'll send you updates from time to time. Just look for As We Forgive: Stories of Reconciliation from Rwanda by Catherine Claire Larson among the pages.

(Image © Zondervan)

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