Source: (2001) Conciliation Quarterly 20 (3): 15-16.Using personal experiences in her work and family, Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz reflects on essential aspects of restorative justice. In her perspective, restorative justice is not a simple formula or set of techniques; it is more complex. It should take root and grow in our everyday lives, not just our crises. It fundamentally concerns and arises from the stories of our lives, not from systematic theories and plans. The work of restorative justice is both exciting and overwhelming.