Finding Forgiveness: Discovering the Healing Power of the Gospel
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If you are a Christian, you have personally experienced the joy of sins forgiven and reconciliation with God. Forgiveness, writes Stanley Gale, "is a divine accomplishment to be savored and offered to others." Forgiveness is the most basic of Christian graces, yet the topic raises many questions, including these:

  • Is it biblical to "forgive and forget"?
  • Why do we need to confess our sins if they are already forgiven?
  • How do we actually go about forgiving someone?
  • Does the Bible give a place to forgiving ourselves?
  • What does life look like after forgiveness?
  • In Finding Forgiveness, you will discover practical answers to these questions and many others. With pastoral warmth, the author will help you see how the awe of the gospel dawns anew for those who apply forgiveness and experience the healing of a burdened spirit or broken relationship.

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    Format: Paperback
    Number of Pages: 120
    Vendor: Reformation Heritage Books
    Publication Date: 2016
    Dimensions: 7.50 X 5.00 (inches)
    ISBN: 160178502X
    ISBN-13: 9781601785022

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    "Stan Gale's Finding Forgiveness is beautifully written, eminently practical, richly biblical, and emotionally uplifting. It provides godly guidance and spiritual nurture for weary pastors, hurting believers, caring counselors, and troubled counselees. Here you’ll find grace in your struggle to forgive and be forgiven." -Peter Lillback, president and professor of historical theology and church history at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

    "Stan Gale writes, 'The greater we see the debt of our sin forgiven, the greater will be our debt of gratitude and love to Him who lavished such grace upon us.' Here is the essence of forgiveness, a transaction of love involving three parties—God the forgiver, and two sinners, each in need of forgiveness at some level. With his wonted clarity, whimsy, and biblical and theological breadth and depth, Stan leads us into an area of Christian life which is for many believers not familiar terrain. We talk a good talk about forgiveness, but the practice of it is often lacking or even misguided. Stan's book can help us to 'cash in' on the riches of Christ's forgiveness and learn to live it meaningfully and joyfully in community together. This is not a sentimental book; Stan writes, 'Forgiveness takes work,' and he means for us to get busy about the hard work of forgiving others by basking in the Lord's forgiveness of ourselves. His final chapter addresses the question of forgiving ourselves—whether we need to or should. His answer points us back to Jesus and the forgiveness we have in Him. Discussion questions guide us into the meat of each chapter and, from there, into the day-to-day work of spending the kingdom currency of forgiveness in love for one another. Read this book, and let its clear and needed message bring new joy and love into your walk with and work for the Lord." -T. M. Moore, The Fellowship of Ailbe, www.ailbe.org

    "Forgiveness is both a theological and a personal issue. We all have a sense of what it means to be forgiven and to forgive. But do we truly understand it? Finding forgiveness is an eternal matter! Stan Gale answers all those nagging, 'yeah, but' questions that are on so many minds when it comes to forgiveness. In doing so, he teaches a biblically rich understanding of forgiveness with pastoral care. This little book will prove to be time well spent for every reader." -Aimee Byrd, author of Theological Fitness and No Little Women

    Author Info

    Stanley D. Gale (MEd, MDiv, DMin) has served Christ and congregation as a pastor for thirty years. He has authored books on prayer, spiritual warfare, the Christian life, evangelism, and biblical worldview (Ecclesiastes). His ministry website is www.CHOPministry.net.

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    1. acerda
      5 Stars Out Of 5
      An excellent book on forgiveness
      February 19, 2017
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      Finding Forgiveness by Stanley Gale is a new book about the nature and practical working out of forgiveness in the life of the believer. If I could summarize the book in a few words I would say that it is both wonderfully practical and profoundly theological it is theologically pastoral. The first chapter focuses on the place of forgiveness within the big picture of the gospel. It is, as Gale describes, the jewel of justification. Using WCS Q33 as a basic outline, Gale demonstrates that our justification is a once and for all pronouncement of guiltlessness before God.

      Q. What is Justification?

      A. Justification is an act of Gods free grace, wherein he pardons all our sins, and accepts us as righteous in his sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by faith alone.



      Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 33

      This is an important starting point because it sets the question of forgiveness squarely within the context of gospel grace and not as a transactional and meritorious exchange with God. This is important for the reader to grasp because the following chapter (called Forgiveness as Kingdom Currency) could make any reformed reader sweat bullets if the author hadnt already set the context within the gospel.

      The second chapter is critical for the reader to understand before moving into such practical applications of forgiveness as forgiving others as well as ourselves. If you skip this chapter you will miss the theological foundation for the task of living out forgiveness. Dont skip this chapter. I have to confess, when I first received the book in the mail and read through the chapter titles I was a bit nervous when I saw a chapter with the word currency in the title. I was not familiar with the author and wasnt sure where he stood on the Reformed understanding of grace. I was comforted by the fact that Finding Forgiveness is published by Reformation Heritage Books and that held my worry at bay while I worked my way through the chapter. Having just read chapter 1 in which Gale affirmed that our justification is by grace alone, I was confident that he would resolved the tension and end up at a theologically orthodox position the way in which he did this was masterful to say the least.

      Confession would be opening an accounts receivable ledger, looking up the debt of the sin we confess, and finding it has already been paid. We dont draw on Christs blood to pay. We draw up to the ledger to discover it has already been paid by Him; the debt is wiped clean. God calls us to the throne of grace not to be forgiven but to find forgiveness.

      This distinction is important because the predominant concept of how believers relate to ongoing confession is that we confess our sins in order to be forgiven all over again. In this understanding of confessing our sins, we are told that though we are made clean upon justification, we must return to the cross continually in order for God to dust off the residual sin that accumulates between confessions. In this view, confession is a currency which we pay to God in order to for Him to be able to forgive us. Gale leaves no room for this and is thoroughly Reformed in his explanation of forgiveness.

      With the theological stage set, Gale rounds off the book with a brilliantly pastoral treatise on the practicalities of forgiveness. Here he deals with such issues as how to practice forgiveness with others, the alter of forgiveness that we have in the Lords Supper, and forgiving ourselves.

      Finding forgiveness helps the believer understand his/her own forgiveness rooted in the gospel and understand how and why we forgive others. This book is just for a subset of Christianity- it is a book that the entire Church would benefit from reading. The grace of forgiveness and its continuing role in the Christian life is central to Christianity and the character and nature of God and the issue of forgiveness is important for us to get right. This is a book that you will want to read, set down, and come back to after a while. Forgiveness is a life-long grace that we partake of and in. I would absolutely recommend this as a part of a homeschooling curriculum as many of the existing character formation units tend to focus more on behavior modification rather than addressing character as something that God works in us through the gospel. The questions at the end of each chapter are perfect for family discussions if this book is read as a family.

      Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Reformation Heritage Books in exchange for an online review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
    2. debs
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      4 Stars Out Of 5
      Finding Forgiveness ~ Stanley D. Gale
      February 5, 2017
      debs
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      This isa small pocket sized book that is filled with lots of references of bible verses to learn about forgiveness. It is a book that you will need to read and concentrate on, as it goes in depth to teach the word of God about forgiveness. You can get a lot or just a little out of this book, it depends on what you want to put into it. Because it is broken into 5 chapters, you may read from cover to cover or pick up and go to the chapter that has the subject you want to read about in forgiveness, the gospel, the kingdom, practicing, authentic and ourselves. Each chapter has questions for you to study and think about to assist in your goal with forgiveness.

      I would recommend this to those that want to study and go in depth about forgiveness. It is not a light read that you just pick up and read to relax. Because it has been written in the style of having everything backed up by bible verses and explanations, you will need to concentrate while reading this book. Overall for a small book, it is really packed withinformation, research and great for book groups or bible study classes.

      Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Cross focused reviews. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
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