We would like to start by offering our sincere thanks to our contributors who took time out of their busy lives to set out their thoughts on forgiveness and offer valuable insights on their work.
So many people have encouraged us and offered their ideas on forgiveness while we were writing and editing this book-colleagues, friends, social work students, trainee therapists-and we want to thank them all. Cynthia wants to express her appreciation to all those who completed her questionnaire and provided such an interesting range of thoughts on forgiveness. And we want to acknowledge the help our clients have given us in developing our thinking and views.
A number of people have read and offered helpful comments on parts of the book. Here we would like to thank Graz Kowszun, Daphne Norden, Eileen Smith, Judy Scott, Inge Koopmans, Cecilia Frend and Ann Harvey. However, we would particularly like to acknowledge the help of Peter Ransley who read and reread our chapters and gave invaluable advice, encouragement, even food.
Finally, Cynthia would like to thank Peter, Nicholas and Bex for their support and for putting up with her endless preoccupation with a word they had hardly thought of before. And Terri would like to thank the Lord God, Inge and Jake for keeping her aware that there is more to life than books.