In 1990, Fr. Michael Lapsley, an Anglican priest active in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, opened a letter bomb that nearly killed him. Though he survived, the blast took both his hands and one of his eyes. This memoir tells the story of this horrendous event, beginning with the journey that led him there
particularly his rising awareness of the radical demands of the gospel and his growing identification with the freedom struggle. But that was not the end of his inspiring journey. In post-apartheid South Africa, Lapsley saw a whole nation in need of healing from trauma both physical and spiritual. He discovered a new vocation: drawing on his own experience of trauma to promote the healing of others, in South Africa, and ultimately throughout the world, in the international Institute for the Healing of Memories. Now in paperback.
“Michael’s life represents a compelling metaphor . . . a foreigner who came to our country and was transformed. His life is part of the tapestry of the many long journeys and struggles of our people.”- Nelson Mandela
“The Church often thinks it knows what the world wants from it — inspiration, ‘leadership’, clear teaching. But surely what the world is most hungry for is the simple knowledge that healing is possible — not by forgetting or minimizing outrages and sufferings but by sheer, obstinate, costly commitment to work with the grain of grace. This is what Father Michael has demonstrated in so many contexts across the globe, and this book is a wonderful testament to what the gospel can make happen.”—Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury
Michael Lapsley, Author
A native of New Zealand, Michael Lapsley jointed the Anglican Society for Sacred Mission and was sent to South Africa in 1973. After surviving an assassination attempt he founded the Institute for Healing of Memories.