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Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 2008
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
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