The Gift of Our Wounds: A Sikh and a Former White Supremacist Find Forgiveness After Hate

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St. Martin's Publishing Group, Apr 10, 2018 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages

The powerful story of a friendship between two men—one Sikh and one skinhead—that resulted in an outpouring of love and a mission to fight against hate.

One Sikh. One former Skinhead. Together, an unusual friendship emerged out of a desire to make a difference.

When white supremacist Wade Michael Page murdered six people and wounded four in a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin in 2012, Pardeep Kaleka was devastated. The temple leader, now dead, was his father. His family, who had immigrated to the U.S. from India when Pardeep was young, had done everything right. Why was this happening to him? Meanwhile, Arno Michaelis, a former skinhead and founder of one of the largest racist skinhead organizations in the world, had spent years of his life committing terrible acts in the name of white power. When he heard about the attack, waves of guilt washing over him, he knew he had to take action and fight against the very crimes he used to commit.

After the Oak Creek tragedy, Arno and Pardeep worked together to start an organization called Serve 2 Unite, which works with students to create inclusive, compassionate and nonviolent climates in their schools and communities. Their story is one of triumph of love over hate, and of two men who breached a great divide to find compassion and forgiveness. With New York Times bestseller Robin Gaby Fisher telling Arno and Pardeep's story, The Gift of Our Wounds is a timely reminder of the strength of the human spirit, and the courage and compassion that reside within us all.

 

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I believe this is an important read. Seeing how someone's hate can destroy lives was difficult, but it was uplifting and inspirational to see these two men come together in forgiveness and peace ... Read full review

Contents

ONE A MEETING
1
TWO EARLY LIVES
17
THREE TRANSITIONS
40
FOUR FORKS IN THE ROAD
104
SEVEN HATE CRIME
156
EIGHT THE INVESTIGATION
168
NINE B ROTHERS
182
ELEVEN FORGIVENESS
207
THIRTEEN THE GIFT OF OUR WOUNDS
217
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Arno Michaelis is author of My Life After Hate and works with Serve 2 Unite. He has appeared on major media outlets including the BBC, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, and The View.

Pardeep Singh Kaleka is co-founder of Serve 2 Unite and has appeared on NBC, Fox, CNN, Democracy Now, NPR, and Voices on Antisemitism.

Robin Gaby Fisher is a New York Times bestselling author of several non-fiction books and a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing.

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