Michael Lapsley was an Anglican priest and a member of the Anglican monastic order the Society of the Sacret Mission. When he was sent by his order to South Africa in 1973 he was struck by the injustice he found in the country.

He was deported to Lesotho, where he joined one of the main opposition groups, the banned African National Congress. He later moved to Zimbabwe where he was injured by a parcel bomb sent by agents of the dying apartheid regime.

He moved to Cape Town where he started the Institute for Healing of Memories, a wounded healer contributing to healing the wounded land.


"Michael's life represents a compelling metaphor . . . a foreigner who came to our country and was transformed. His life is part of the tapestry of the many long journeys and struggles of our people." -- Nelson Mandela

Redeeming the Past: My Journey from Freedom Fighter to Healer by Michael Lapsley

  • Orbis Books 2012

    Used paperback in very good condition

    256 pages