An excellent read on Restorative Justice and a life well lived.

I am so passionate.  It runs intense or not at all for me.  So I read this book in less than 24 hours.  I got home around 10 pm, to find Dreams from the Monster Factory had arrived in the mail. 

Book Cover Sunny Schwartz
Book Cover Sunny Schwartz

I can’t remember the first time I heard about this book.  I do remember seeing Sunny on Oprah.  Then my friend Loreen Walker did a post on the book.

The book came up again at the National Conference on Restorative Justice.  I was chatting with some friends who mentioned it.  Linda White talked about comments Sunny made on the Oprah show.  She said “we have a legal system, not a justice system”.  Linda talked about meeting Sunny, and Ellen Halbert another National figure in the Restorative Justice movement, confirmed this was a good book.

The very next time I was on Amazon, I moved this item from my wish list to my cart.  I can’t recommend it enough, I might have to read it again!

I just posted a video of Sunny, to my facebook and twitter.  Check out the site here.  Pictures from the people featured in the book.

Albert Einstein:

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.

What really struck me with Sunny’s book, was the openness about who she is and how she experienced her life.  The raw honesty was refreshing.  I’ve written it many times and the feature of this blog is the intersection of personal and professional.  I think by sharing ourselves we contribute to our own sense of belonging.

I’ve been thinking over a blog post – on why being so transparent is relevant.  This book helped me understand.  I believe in the spritual transformation of Restorative Justice practitioners.  You can hardly speak of that transformation with out relevance to your own life journey.

I appreciate Sunny’s openness, I loved her book.  I look forward to meeting her in person someday, I think we have alot in common.

Book Review – 4 stars!