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Book Resources 

  1. FRIENDSHIP: The Evolution, Biology, and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental Bond, Lydia Denworth, London: Bloomsbury Sigma, 2020.

  2. The Politics of Restorative Justice, A Critical introduction, Andrew Woolford and Amanda Nelund, Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2020.

  3. Justice that Transforms, Wayne Northey, Portland: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2020, (Volume One); Amazon and Kindle, 2018 (Volumes Two and Three).

  4. Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians, John Paul Lederach, Windsor: Herald Press, 2014.

  5. Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun, Paul Seeseaquasis, Toronto: Knopf, 2019.

  6. The North-West is our Mother, The Story of Louis Riel's People, The Métis Nation, Jean Teillet, Patrick Crean Editions, 2019.

  7. Wisdom from the Homeless, Neil Craton, Victoria: Friesen Press, 2018.

  8. Are We Done Fighting: Building Understanding in a World of Hate and Division, Matthew Legge, Gabriola Island: New Society Publishers, 2019.

  9. Invited: The Power of Hospitality in an Age of Loneliness, Leslie Verner, Windsor: Herald Press, 2019.

  10. More Together than Alone: Discovering the Power and Spirit of Community in Our Lives and in the World, Mark Nebo, New York: Simon & Schuster, 2018.

  11. Team Human, Douglas Rushkoff, W.W. Norton, 2019.

  12. A Cry Unheard: New Insights into the Medical Consequences of Loneliness, James J. Lynch, Baltimore: Bancroft Press,  2000.

  13. A Culture of Peace: God’s Vision for the Church, Alan Kreider, Eleanor Kreider, Intercourse PA.: Good Books, 2005.

  14. Down Inside: Thirty Years in Canada's Prison Service, Fredericton NB: Goose Lane Books, 2017.

  15. Changing Paradigms: Punishment and Restorative Discipline, Paul Redekop, Scottdale: Herald Press 2008.

  16. Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Police Domestic Violence, Alex Roslin, Lac Brome Québec: Sugar Hill Books, 2017.

  17. The Broken Heart  The Medical Consequence of Loneliness, James J. Lynch, New York: Basic Books, 1977.


Restorative Justice Classics

  1. Abolitionism: Towards A Non-Repressive Approach to Crime, Herman Bianchi and René van Swaaningen, Editors, Free University Press, Amsterdam, 1986.

  2. A Restorative Justice Reader: texts, sources, context, edited by Gerry Johnstone, Willan Publishing, Portland, 2003.

  3. Beyond Retribution: A New Testament Vision for Justice, Crime and Punishment, Christopher D. Marshall, Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 2001.

  4. Building Community Justice Partnerships: Community Peacemaking Circles, Barry D, Stuart, Aboriginal Justice Section, Department of Justice, Ottawa, 1997; phone: (613)941-4105.

  5. Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice, Howard Zehr, Herald Press, Scottdale, 1990.

  6. Compassionate Justice: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue with Two Gospel Parables on Law, Crime, and Restorative Justice, Christopher D. Marshall, Eugene Oregon: Cascade Books, 2012.

  7. Crime Control as Industry: Towards GULAGS, Western Style, Nils Christie, Routledge, London, 1995.

  8. Criminology as Peacemaking, Ed. by Harold E. Pepinsky and Richard Quinney, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 1991.

  9. God's Just Vengeance: Crime, violence and the rhetoric of salvation, Timothy Gorringe, Cambridge University Press, 1996.

  10. Have You Seen Candace?: A true story of faith and forgiveness, Wilma Derksen, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, 1991.

  11. Dispelling the Clouds: a desperate social experiment, Wilma Derksen, Winnipeg: Amity Publishers, 2020.

  12. Justice as Sanctuary: Toward a New System of Crime Control, Herman Bianchi, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 1994.

  13. Law and Revolution: The Formation of the Western Legal Tradition, Harold J. Berman, Harvard University Press, Cambridge and London, 1983.

  14. New Perspectives on Crime and Justice: Occasional Papers of the MCC Canada Victim Offender Ministries Program and the MCC U.S. Office of Criminal Justice, Issues 1 – 14, April, 1984 to February, 1994.

  15. No Future Without Forgiveness, Desmond Mpilo Tutu, New York: Doubleday, 1999.

  16. Rediscovering Spiritual Roots: The Judeo-Christian Tradition and Criminal

  17. ”, Wayne Northey, The Justice Professional, “Criminology as Peacemaking” (double issue), guest editors, Dennis Sullivan and Larry Tifft, Gordon and Breach publishers, 1998.

  18. Restoring Justice, Daniel Van Ness and Karen Heetderks Strong, Cincinnati: Anderson Publishing Company1997

  19. Returning to the Teachings: Exploring Aboriginal Justice, Rupert Ross, Penguin Books, 1996.

  20. Stories of Transformative Justice, Ruth Morris, Canadian Scholars’ Press, Inc. Toronto, 2000.

  21. The Executed God: The Way of the Cross in Lockdown America, Mark Lewis     Taylor, Fortress Press, Minneapolis, 2001.

  22. The Expanding Prison: The Crisis in Crime and Punishment and the Search for

  23. , David Cayley, Anansi: Toronto, 1998.

  24. The Death Penalty: An Historical and Theological Survey, James J. Megivern, Paulist Press, New York, 1997.

  25. The Fall of the Prison: Biblical Perspectives on Prison Abolition, Lee Griffith, Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 1993.

  26. The Justice Professional, "Criminology as Peacemaking" (double issue), guest editors, Dennis Sullivan and Larry Tifft, Gordon and Breach publishers, 1998.

  27. The Spiritual Roots of Restorative Justice, Hadley, Michael, ed., New York, SUNY Press, 2001.


  1. CoSA Canada:

  2. Circles of Support and Accountability:

  3. Vancouver Guardian: *Backed up by research, CoSA has proven that the recidivism rate of sex offenders who participate in CoSA is reduced by over 80% compared to offenders returning to the community without CoSA support.

  4. Justice Reflections – Worldwide Papers Linking Christian Ideas With Matters of Justice:; Terry Nowell (Editor) (, c/o 4 Redcar Close, Lincoln, LN6 8TA, United Kingdom; Tel: +44 (0) 1522 682357; Email:

  5. Restorative Justice Links:

  6. The Conversation:


Thanks as well to Otto and Florence Driedger; CoSA Canada Board members (Otto is emeritus)

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