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The Gift of Our Wounds

Nonfiction: Politics & Current Events: Social Science
Unabridged   6.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/10/2018

The Gift of Our Wounds

A Sikh and a Former White Supremacist Find Forgiveness After Hate

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684411207
Digital Download ISBN:9781684411214


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

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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.


"Inspiring...gives readers hope that the next generation can do much to heal America’s great divide." ―BooklistStarred Review

"As the title suggests, bad can lead to at least some good, and violence to healing, when it gets different kinds of people to talk to each other, understand each other, and even learn to love each other...extend[s] the message of brotherhood and compassion that has been forged from tragedy." ―Kirkus Reviews

Author Bio

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