THE JOURNEY OF FORGIVENESS: Fulfilling The Healing Process, first and foremost, emphasizes the process nature of forgiveness. The author, a former psychotherapist, has come to believe that forgiveness is not an event willed by an ego which desires to be free of guilt, which may long for connection with those who have harmed oneself, or which hopes to comply with the admonitions modern awareness gurus. Rather, forgiveness, the author insists, is a conscious journey requiring a thorough knowledge of the offense(s) and its effects, as well as the most essential pre-requisite, self-forgiveness. The book offers a compassionate yet courageous challenge to look deeply into the wounds inflicted, the emotional and spiritual effects of the wounds, and the psyche of the offender(s) in order to enter and complete what is nothing less than a daunting rite of passage. The author's style, poignant, poetic, and frequently disturbing, relentlessly dispels all illusions of quick-fix forgiveness but offers supportive, no-nonsense exercises for embarking on a life-changing, transformative journey.
The Path to Forgiveness and Freedom is an interactive manual that encompasses the tools for forgiveness. It stresses the importance of forgiveness so that by the end of the book you can be free from anything that has tried to hold you hostage. This manual covers the steps to freedom and helps the reader let go of the past and completely move freely into their future. This workbook contains many activities that will help you experience freedom. By the time, you finish this book you will know what true forgiveness and freedom feels like!
Our world is filled with suffering and its consequences. Daily, hourly, we hear stories of individuals and entire communities suffering at the hands of others through conflict, violence, physical or emotional abuse. This pastoral handbook explores forgiveness as a healing way forward and examines its dynamic from an individual and a communal perspective. It is designed for use by clergy, counsellors, spiritual directors and all engaged in listening, in reconciliation and in pastoral care. Combining biblical and theological understanding with a pastoral sensitivity informed by a lifetime’s experience of ministry, it explores: • Why forgiveness is important; • What forgiveness is; • Who can forgive; • How to offer forgiveness; • How to receive forgiveness; • The consequences of forgiveness; • Sacramental confession; • Jesus and forgiveness.
Forgiveness. Whether the injuries done to you are small or great, your spiritual and emotional well-being depends on cultivating a forgiving heart. But how? An in-depth six-week devotional Bible study for women in the Secrets of Soul Gardening series.
When Life's Not Fair¿What Can You Do? Usually, you have three choices: 1. Complain to the people around you 2. Appeal to the person who harmed you 3. Find a solution that can heal you. In his powerful new devotional Dr. Dick Tibbits reveals the secret to forgiveness. More than a learned behavior or a thought process¿it s a life-transforming experience. Drawing on recent research and years of study, Dr. Tibbits discloses why so many of us struggle to forgive those who hurt us or disappoint us. The journey is essential. Written from three unique perspectives of counseling, medicine, and faith this passionate and compassionate devotional is a stirring look at the true meaning of forgiveness. Each of the 56 spiritual insights includes motivational Scripture, an inspirational prayer, and two thought-provoking questions. The insights are designed to encourage your journey as you begin to Forgive to Live.
Clichs, glib answers, and quick solutions are shared all too often with those who are struggling to forgive or embrace forgiveness. We know Jesus calls us to forgive, but it can be hard to know what that looks like in complicated, messy relationships. Pastor and counselor Brad Hambrick helps readers to understand that forgiveness is the start of a journey that doesnt erase the past, but honestly confronts hurt and clears the way for a hope-filled discussion on how to move toward healing. Too often forgiveness is viewed as the culmination of a journey, but when someone says, I forgive you, they are not saying, Things are all better now. They are saying, I have decided to relate to your offense towards me differently. Hambrickhelps readers make sense of forgiveness biblically and relationally by addressing a variety of common questions that arise when we have been hurt: Does forgiveness mean restoration of trust? Am I supposed to forgive and forget? What is the role of biblical wisdom and boundaries on the road to forgiveness? Making Sense of Forgiveness speaks to those who are struggling by acknowledging the seriousness of their pain, explaining the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation, and helping readers understand the relationship between forgiveness and emotional freedom. The author explores the characteristics of Gods forgiveness toward us and how that shapes our own forgiveness. Includes a foreword from lawyer, activist, and former gymnast Rachael Denhollander.
An Assessment of Contemporary Models of Forgiveness examines recent psychological and theological models of forgiveness and introduces the concept of communal forgiveness nurtured and mediated through the community of faith. The psychological models are generally individualistic in nature and are concerned with the psychological wellbeing of the victims. The theological models of forgiveness emphasize the importance of interpersonal forgiveness as a Christian witness in the imitation of God's forgiveness. The foundation of the theological models is the Triune God who through the cross of Christ forgave the sins of the ungodly. "Celestin Musekura had just begun doctoral studies in Dallas when he learned that many of his own family members had been killed in a wave of genocide reprisals back home in Rwanda. Revenge would have been understandable, but he said, 'I have preached forgiveness, and now it is my turn to practice it. To my family I say, I will pray for those who brutally murdered you, and I will care for their children.' It should come as no surprise that Celestin's understanding of forgiveness, well expressed in these pages, is restoring communities throughout sub-Saharan Africa. He knows and practices that of which he speaks. This book sets a course for realistic, collective transformation."-Robert A. Pyne, Th.D., Director, Peace and Justice Center, St. Norbert College
Let go of anger and learn how to forgive with these journal prompts and self-assessment exercises to get you one step closer to peace, health, and lightness of spirit. I forgive you. Those three little words can improve your physical and mental health, release anger and resentment, and boost your overall well-being. Research shows that holding on to hurt is toxic to your mind, body, and spirit—increasing your chance of heart disease, inflammation, and depression. The solution is to forgive—but that doesn’t mean letting the person who hurt you off the hook! Through exercises and journaling techniques, certified life coach Meredith Hooke teaches the power and importance of forgiveness. Providing a step-by-step guide, Let Forgiveness Set You Free helps you learn to forgive in a satisfying and healthy way so you can move on to a happier and more enjoyable life.
In Practicing Forgiveness, the author reviews the contextual and cultural aspects of forgiveness with stories, humor, clinical examples, research, and empirical findings while examining the influence of environment and religion. The content is presented in such a way so as to serve as a resource to both professional mental health providers (who can benefit from the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of working with clients through the forgivenessprocess) and lay readers (who can benefit from the processing and self-help components of the book).
In 1980s America, coming out as gay as a father and husband was a significant journey for anyone to make. Coming out as gay as a priest guaranteed immersion into controversy, contradiction, and challenge. This book tells of the Reverend Canon Ted Karpf's navigation of new social and romantic journeys, all within the context of his priestly vocation in the Episcopal Church. Covering from 1968 to 2018, Karpf recounts his vivid memories, life-changing dreams and resonant reflections on living a life of faith in a socially and politically tumultuous period. His narratives are crafted as poetic meditations on enduring values and meaning, which can remind any reader that we are neither abandoned nor alone, and that forgiveness is a fulfilling way of living in a world of contradictions.
Who benefits the most from your forgiveness? YOU DO! Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, Im a pro at forgiveness. Having been cheated, swindled, and stolen from to the tune of tens of millions of dollars, and I chose to forgive. Having been beaten up, lied about, and put down, and I chose to forgive. And because I forgave, I always came out ahead. This book was not written from a research point of view, an academic point of view, or a theological point of view. It was written from a practical and personal point of view for one purpose: to set you free! Inside you will discover: The benefits of forgiving What forgiveness is and is NOT 10 practical steps to forgiveness How to forgive others, God, and yourself! How forgiveness affects your self-image How to once-and-for-all receive forgiveness Why forgiveness can set you free The need for forgiveness is absolutely huge, and Im talking about inside the four walls of every church. Pastor Michael Toby Everyone should read this book. Ken Blanchard, Co-Author of The One-Minute Manager and Lead Like Jesus Finally, a book on forgiveness that gives you practical steps to freedom through forgiveness. Georgina Chong-You