It’s the New Year! You no doubt have made some resolutions or goals, or at the very least, thought about things you want to do differently in 2013. If forgiveness is one of the things on your list, then this is a book that can help you through that journey. (I would probably share this book with other adults–some of the stories might be too much for teens. As always, read it first and see what you think. It is intended for adults.) Lisa Gibson, the author and editor of Releasing the Chains: Timeless Wisdom on How to Forgive Anyone for Anything shares her story of forgiveness, some instruction on forgiveness and its importance, and others’ stories of forgiveness also. It’s like an anthology–and surely there’s at least one author you can relate to if forgiveness is on your list.
I found out about this book because my writing friend (who has an amazing story of forgiveness) Margaret Norton, author of When Ties Break, has a chapter in this book. Margaret writes about how she forgave her family after they basically “excommunicated” her immediately following her father’s death. Other stories of forgiveness in the book include a woman who was brutally raped and beaten (what an inspiring and honest story!), forgiving yourself (a common theme), and forgiving after losing a child. Some of these stories are tough to read. You may need to read how someone dealt with something that you are going through–this is the book for that. The authors write with honesty–sometimes breaking your heart.
For more information on Lisa Gibson and the book, please check out her website, The Peace and Prosperity Alliance: www.peaceandprosperityalliance.org/. To read some reviews and purchase the book, you can do so at the link:
Happy New Year! Is forgiveness on your list? If not, what is in store for 2013?