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Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 2008
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Shame Lifter: Replacing Your Fears and Tears with Forgiveness, Truth, and HopeMarilyn HontzTyndale House / 2009 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 13 Reviews
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Toxic Faith: Experiencing Healing Over Painful Spiritual AbuseStephen Arterburn, Jack FeltonRandom House / 2001 / Trade Paperback$9.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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Examines God's Word to form a theology of forgiveness, helping readers move beyond the wounds of bitterness, disagreements, and broken relationships. A helpful resource for anyone who struggles to extend forgiveness.
Chris Brauns (DMin, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is the senior pastor at the Red Brick Church in Stillman Valley, Illinois.
The book begins with a quiz which identifies many of the most commonly-held misconceptions of forgiveness held by many Christians. Significant among them is the idea that we can or must forgive those who have not asked for or demonstrated repentance. Brauns offers up his own definition, based upon the language of Paul and others throughout Scripture, namely, that forgiveness is a commitment by the offended to pardon graciously the repentant from moral liability and to be reconciled to that person, although not all consequences are necessarily eliminated. He then proceeds to unpack this definition, using a number of Scriptural texts as well as stories and anecdotes from his experience as a counselor and pastor.
Brauns style is clear and easy to understand, and the many interesting stories he tells serve to make the book truly compelling reading. But even more compelling is the way he clearly teaches from Scripture what true forgiveness looks like and how giving and receiving it can be the key to greater joy and effectiveness as a believer.
For any Christian who has ever needed forgiveness, or who is struggling to offer it to someone else, this is a must read book. Rachael Starke, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
-Tullian Tchividjian, Founding Pastor of New City Church and author of Do I Know God?
What is most true about forgiveness is that it can only be understood in light of Scripture. "Only God's Word can unpack forgiveness," explains Brauns. "The wounds are too deep for us to find healing on our own, and the questions are too complex to be unraveled by anything but the wisdom of God." Unpacking Forgiveness may surprise you, because it goes beyond a feel-good doctrine of automatic forgiveness, balancing the beauty of Gods grace and the necessity of forgiveness with the teaching that forgiveness must take place in a way that is consistent with justice. If youve sensed that forgiveness really needs to be unpacked both in theory and in practice, then Braunss book is for you.