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In Forgiveness and Justice Bryan Maier equips counselors and pastors for their work by examining popular models of forgiveness and appropriate case studies in the light of Scripture, demonstrating that being whole leads to true forgiveness, not the other way around. For any practitioner needing to form a useful, theologically sound understanding of forgiveness for those who come for help, this is an indispensable resource.
Vendor: Kregel Ministry
Publication Date: 2017
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1witness3 Stars Out Of 5Great for counselorsOctober 7, 20171witnessQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Having the understanding that Gods sense of justice often invades my humanity and my sense of justice; I looked forward to reading this book. Going beyond the 70x7 mentality, this book was an amazing exploration of Justice and its relationship with Forgiveness within a Christian worldview.
Maier does a great job of keeping up with currently psychological research concerning the benefits and dangers of forgiveness from a biblical worldview. Second, Maier does well to include ample discussion around the imprecatory Psalms and provides clear examples of how such can function as hope for the hurting in the midst of the healing processultimately pointing to the justice of God as the means of sanctuary. Third, Maier is extremely clear and accessible. Forgiveness and Justice was a captivating read, and its far outside my normal area of interest. That said it was also extremely informative and practical. I could easily see this work being formative for those in the field of counseling or pastoral ministry. It was very helpful and I identify as neither.
One of the short comings of the book in my opinion is the usage of counselor jargon vs. Pastoral Care language. This doesnt mean that the book cant be read by pastors, but it is definitely a book that is more counselor friendly than Pastor friendly.
The thing I enjoyed most about the book is the questions it posed about forgiveness and learning to understand people.
I will definitely be using this in my ministry in the years to come and do recommend it to counselors who want more biblical resources in their offices to teach with.
Disclaimer: The book was received for free from Kregel Ministry books in exchange for an unbiased opinion.
Pastor JimMaricopa, AZAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Worthy readingSeptember 24, 2017Pastor JimMaricopa, AZAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4FORGIVENESS AND JUSTICE, by Bryan Maier, Grand Rapids MI, Kregel Ministries, 2017
This book endeavors to cut through the maze of views persistent in modern culture about forgiveness and justice and is turning away from the Biblical concept. Maier is an associate professor of Counseling and Psychology at Biblical Seminary, thus more than qualified to deal with the subject. He, therefore, writes from a theological concept of counseling. It seems to be geared toward the profession, rather than the laymen. It is academic in focus and nature.
In regard to forgiveness, he points out that the main models center on the therapeutic. He points out the weakness of this method is that it neglects the theological concept. Its primary focus is on self rather than the spiritual or theological.
The main emphasis of the book centers on the theological concept of forgiveness. It centers around four questions: (1) How Does God Forgive? (2) How Does Healing Relate to Forgiveness? (3) Is Forgiveness Primarily Self-Centered or Other-Centered? (4) Is Forgiveness Active or Passive?
To me, the best part of the book is on modeling Gods forgiveness. Our being able to forgive is based on Gods forgiveness which is rooted in substitutionary atonement. He argues that repentance is necessary for forgiveness. However, he views repentance as the act of turning from sin and says very little as it being a change of mind.
For justice, he features the imprecatory Psalms. While he expresses some concerns with these psalms, he points out they do not deal with revenge, but with the desire for justice which is proper in response to sin. This is my second best chapter.
This book is worthwhile to any person who deals with other people, as well as another one struggling with the need for forgiveness. The pastor should read and think about the subject. In fact, it is essential for the Pastors library. It is Biblical sound and deals with the subject on a serious practical level. It is reader-friendly, which will confront the reader on these subjects. It is an informative, practical, clear, and logical presentation. It was personally helpful to clarify my thinking on the subject.
I received this book from Kregel Ministry in return for a review but was under no obligation to provide a favorable review.