This little book is an excellent introduction to Peacemaking Circles. It is NOT a "How To" book. It does provide a great introduction to Circles for the reader. It also seems to be a helpful resource for introducing others to the topic and helping groups, organizations, and communities consider getting more information and training and possibly using Circles for conflict resolution, to promote dialogue around difficult topics, discovery and learning of different perspectives, alternative sentencing in courts, alternative discipline in schools, etc.
The book is well written, clear and concise. The author is knowledgeable and has much practical (and inspirational) experience. I enjoyed the brief stories and examples used in the book, which seemed fitting for the subject.
I did find it somewhat redundant in how it introduced the core elements of Circles in the second chapter, and then attempted to explain them further in a separate chapter (c 6). I didn't find much additional info in the chapter on the core elements, though some expansion of ideas previously introduced was helpful. I wondered if the limited space in the book could have been better used to cover additional content (The "Little Books of Justice & Peacebuilding" series seems to be wisely limited to 90 pages). I was glad that the author did address various challenges to implementing Circles in the book.
The Little Book of Circle Processes: A New/Old Approach to Peacemaking (The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding Series) Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Reviewed in the United States on January 8, 2020
A must read for people who are interested in being in circle and learning more about creating community. Kay Pranis uses her experience to benefit families and communities with opportunities to bring people together.
Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2016
Circle Processes is a really good reference for anyone looking to learn a bit about the benefit of working in circles. This book outlines why circles are used for therapy sessions, the criminal justice system and in school settings. It also outlines the reasons that circles are good ways to promote healing and accountability. I used this book for more than one project in courses focused on education. There is a lot of good information contained in this little book. A friend of mine recommended it after her school started teacher conferences to go over the benefits of circle processes.
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Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2018
I’m a doctoral student at Boston University. This was one of the required texts. It has helped me learn more about facilitating community and peace in the spaces around me. I’ve become excited about using the skills introduced here. If you love people and want human harmony, this is a MUST read. Enjoy.
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Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2016
Best book on the market to quickly learn about the philosophy behind restorative justice. There are so many books to follow it up with but Kay lays out the basics and makes you want to learn more!
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Three StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on November 16, 2014
Explains things well
SuperReviewed in Canada on December 26, 2019
Great service, awesome book, amazing delivery time.
Entendendo do ZeroReviewed in Brazil on December 1, 2018
Incrivel!! Amei os ensinamentos!! Algo muito valioso traduzido pela Kay Pranis. Estou encantada com o funcionamento e efeitos dos processos circulares.
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