In 2010 I spent ten days in Rwanda. Our team helped build a classroom and start up a medical clinic for a non-profit in Western Rwanda. On the last day of the trip we visited the Rwanda Genocide Museum. It is a haunting, awful, beautiful place. The atrocities of 1 million people killed in 90 days are told in photo and story. We all felt sick. While we were in country we spoke with people who had survived. People who had forgiven. People who had found peace. As we flew home I wondered if Rwanda would continue to rebuild. This beautiful country has proven to me that hope is possible in the darkest of circumstances.
Jonathan Tepperman has written a thoughtful, engaging book called The Fix, how nations survive and Thrive in a World in Decline. His chapter on Rwanda mirrored the truth I saw in country. The Rwandese are recovering because they embraced a radical idea - forgiveness.
Tepperman's book profiles ten staggering success stories. Times when the good guys won, when corruption was conquered, when poverty was rolled back. It's a hopeful and encouraging read. The truth is that crisis and heartache and despair seem rampant. I appreciated Tepperman's timely reminder that love and justice and fairness really are mighty tools.
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