The publisher, Bloomsbury Continuum, describes this as a revolutionary book published in the first place for the 2022 Lambeth Conference in July, when bishops from all around the world assembled in Canterbury, but says its importance goes far beyond these confines.
Welby deals with conflict and reconciliation within families, businesses, warfare between nations, races and all forms of political conflict. The book concerns the secular sphere every bit as much as the religious, though Welby’s message is Christian-inspired, and the influence of Desmond Tutu is strongly felt.
It relates to both religious and secular communities, from the household to the international. Conflict is widespread. With the after-effects of Covid, changes in science and technology, inequality, and increasingly polarized political and social strife, moves towards reconciliation are more necessary than ever.
Both before ordination and since, Welby has seen conflict first-hand. He has spent many years working on issues of conflict around the world.
The book is full of practical advice for all those in authority on how to bring about reconciliation. There is even a step-by-step guide for this, drawn from the author’s own experience. It is down-to-earth, plugged into reality and devoid of pointless optimism.
Paperback and hardback editions are available from all good bookshops, and a Kindle version is available on Amazon.
The hardback ISBN is 978-1399402972 and the paperback is 978-1399402989.