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Transcending: Reflections Of Crime Victims [Hardcover]

By Howard Zehr (Author)
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Are victims of crime destined to have the rest of their lives shaped by the crimes they've experienced? ("What happened to the road map for living the rest of my life?" asks a woman whose mother was murdered.) Will victims of crime always be bystanders in the justice system? ("We're having a problem forgiving the judge and the system," says the father of a young man killed in prison.) " Is it possible for anyone to transcend such a comprehensively destructive, identity-altering occurrence? ("I thought, I'm going to run until I'm not angry anymore," expresses a woman who was assaulted.) Howard Zehr presents the portraits and the courageous stories of 39 victims of violent crime in Transcending: Reflections of Crime Victims. Many of these people were twice-wounded: once at the hands of an assailant; the second time by the courts, where there is no legal provision for a victim's participation. "My hope," says Zehr, "is that this book might hand down a rope to others who have experienced such tragedies and traumas, and that it might allow all who read it to live on the healing edge."

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  • Booklist - 10/01/2001 page 288

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Studio: Good Books
Pages   202
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.84" Width: 8.86" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   1.84 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2001
Publisher   Good Books
ISBN  1561483370  
ISBN13  9781561483372  

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Howard Zehr is widely known as the grandfather of restorative justice. Since 1996 he has been Professor of Restorative Justice at the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA, an international graduate program for justice and peacebuilding practitioners. Howard has published several other portrait/interview books including Doing Life: Reflections of Men and Women Serving Life Sentences and Transcending: Reflections of Crime Victims (both with Good Books). He has authored numerous other books and publications; best known are The Little Book of Restorative Justice (Good Books) and Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice. He is a frequent speaker and consultant on justice issues in North America and internationally. Zehr has also worked professionally as a photographer."

Howard Zehr currently resides in Harrisonburg.

Howard Zehr has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Justice and Peacebuilding
  2. Little Books of Justice & Peacebuilding
  3. Theological Postings

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**incredible!**  Mar 8, 2002
bought this book online after reading a small review in the newspaper. within a day of receiving it i had read it and passed it along to a friend, who has passed it along to a friend, who has passed it along to a friend. doesn't help book sales, but certainly zehr's book is transforming lives. what a amazing and positive impact!
Essential reading  Mar 8, 2002
This book is essential reading- Zehr captures the symbolic journey through metaphor and ritual that victims of violent crime make in their recovery from inconceivable trauma and loss. Every human being needs to know they have the capacity to recover, and the victims stories documented in Zehr's book give testimony to the ability to recover and transform in the midst of that great pain. As an academic, I was moved by the amount of insight into the process of recovery that a reader can glean from the remarkable photographs and accompanying stories. As citizen of a country with a tremendous amount of violent crime, I felt empowered to learn how other women and men had learned to cope with the pain of domestic abuse, murder, and other horrible, life-changing crimes. Thank you Zehr for giving testimony to the human capacity for recovery.
Exquisitly Helpful  Feb 1, 2002
Can a book about crime victims be described as "beautiful?" In the case of Transcending, by Howard Zehr, the answer is a resounding yes. Transcending is a beautiful collection of personal essays and striking photography that explores the intimate feelings of victims of violent crime.

Dr. Zehr, an internationally known advocate of restorative justice, proves again with this book that he is a leader in this area. More than many of his colleagues, Zehr holds steadfast to his belief in the importance of victim's rights and needs. While his contemporaries are inclined to move quickly into the benefits of restorative justice for the offender, Zehr maintains a conviction that victims must always come first.

As I read Transcending, I could imagine Zehr demonstrating acute listening skills with the survivors he interviewed. I suspect he may have squirmed at times from what he heard; such as a resistance to forgiveness by some survivors, an act Zehr advocates as a peacemaker and a proponent of the Mennonite faith. By declining to edit out bad grammar and even strong expletives that may be difficult for some readers, Zehr has maintained the integrity of this project.

My only criticism of the book is that it doesn't include more victims of crimes other than murder. Victims of child abuse, rape, domestic violence, and drunk driving death an injury deserved equal voices.

Zehr is fond of quoting Vaclav Havel, who said, "Transcendence is the only alternative to extinction." Either one moves toward getting better or is slowly killed by the killer, too. The 39 survivors who share their stories here make the choice - sometimes after a long personal war in darkness - to press on and make something meaningful from their experiences. Because their brief stories, usually 3 or 4 pages in length, are direct quotes, the collection is powerful and honest. The integrity of the words, coupled with the artistry of Zehr's images, result in a sense of having the victims in the same room. As readers, we can almost feel their arms around us and hear their words of encouragement. They seem to be saying, "I think you can make it, too."


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