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Freshman Reading Book for 2017 Chosen!

July 11, 2017

The book that has been chosen as this year’s Freshman Read is Why Forgive? By Johann Christoph Arnold who passed away last year.

According to Publisher’s Weekly review on’s website,   “Arnold manages to drive home several points that unequivocally answer his titular question, the most powerful of which is that no one, whether victim or perpetrator, can heal until forgiveness is granted. Not one to engage in long theological explorations, Arnold instead allows many of his subjects to speak for themselves in extended quotations, allowing insight into their desperate, brokenhearted rage. Some of these subjects, such as Mumia Abu-Jamal, ultimately choose not to forgive, while others describe a force beyond their conscious control that makes forgiveness inevitable. Arnold also writes about everyday forgiveness in marriage, families, communities and the workplace. In all cases, he reminds us that to forgive is neither to excuse nor to anesthetize ourselves from the pain that attends life and love, but rather to enter again into life's fray.”

One of the many moving stories in Arnold’s book was written by Detective Steven McDonald, NYPD. He also wrote the foreword to Arnold’s book. Since Steven McDonald died in January of 2017, his wife, Patti Ann McDonald has accepted an invitation to come and address the students at the New Student Convocation on August 29, 2017.

This book can provide a starting point for meaningful class discussions related to spirituality, law, politics and non-violence, to name just a few. Hopefully many staff as well as faculty and students will read, Why Forgive? by Johann Christoph Arnold.

Freshmen students will receive their copies via mail or at their upcoming orientations.