Redeeming the Past: My Journey from Freedom Fighter to Healer
by Michael Lapsley with Stephen Karakashian. Orbis Books 2012, ISBN-10: 1570759928; ISBN-13: 978-1570759925.
In 1990, Fr Michael Lapsley, an Anglican priest and monastic from New Zealand, exiled to Zimbabwe because of his anti-apartheid work in South Africa, opened a package and was immediately struck by the blast of an explosion. The bomb blasted away both his hands and one of his eyes. His memoir tells the story of this horrendous event, the journey that led him there, and his subsequent journey over the last two decades. Returning to South Africa, Fr Lapsley discovered his new vocation to become a wounded healer, drawing on his own experience to promote the healing of other victims of violence and trauma. In 1993 Fr Lapsley became chaplain to the Trauma Centre for Victims of Violence and Torture in Cape Town, which assisted South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This led to the founding of the Institute for the Healing of Memories which seeks to facilitate the healing process of individuals and communities in South Africa and internationally. www.healing-memories.org.