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From Back Cover: "Forgiveness will unleash a power in your life that is underrated and often ignored. It is underrated mainly because it is underused. We fail to capture the power of forgiveness because we are afraid of it, because we have grown comfortable in our familiar wounds, or because we are sinfully stubborn. But the power is there waiting for us. This little book,From Back Cover: "Forgiveness will unleash a power in your life that is underrated and often ignored. It is underrated mainly because it is underused. We fail to capture the power of forgiveness because we are afraid of it, because we have grown comfortable in our familiar wounds, or because we are sinfully stubborn. But the power is there waiting for us. This little book, and the eleven real life stories in it, will help you capture that power. Because everybody needs to forgive somebody."...

Title : Everybody Needs To Forgive Somebody
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ISBN : 9781937509286
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Number of Pages : 92 Pages
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Everybody Needs To Forgive Somebody Reviews

  • booklady
    2019-04-02 01:22

    I am very drawn to books on forgiveness. And the title was compelling. Plus, it was free; a giveaway at a local parish. There are some excellent stories in here. One I knew, the incredible story of St. Pope John Paul II’s reaching out to the man who shot him.Another was about the well-known author, Corrie ten Boom who lost most of her immediate family during World War II after having helped almost 800 Jewish people escape the Nazis in Holland by providing a hiding place for them until they could escape to freedom. Her story is particularly moving.There are two other stories which are worth reading. The first involves a woman in South Africa under Nelson Mandela when he was trying to reunite the country by allowing whites who had committed atrocities against blacks to apologize for their crimes before the Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC) and the surviving family. If the white policeman or army officer confessed his crime and fully acknowledged his guilt, he could not be tried and punished for the crime. According to Mandela, the TRC was not about justice so much as it was about healing the nation. At one hearing, an officer, van de Broek, admitted to shooting an 18 year old boy and then burning his body, turning it until it was completely burned up so as to destroy the evidence. Eight years later, he admitted, he returned forcing the wife to watch while he tied the boy’s father to the woodpile, poured gasoline over him and set him on fire. When the wife and mother of these two victims was asked what she wanted from Officer van de Broek in return, she said she would like him to come to her house, scoop up the ashes of her husband for a proper burial. Then she said that since he taken her family away from her and she had so much love to give, she would like him to come visit her twice a month so she could be a mother to him. She wanted Mr. van Broek to know that God has forgiven him and she has too and she would like to embrace him so he would know her forgiveness is real. Some in the courtroom started singing “Amazing Grace” but the officer didn’t hear it because he had fainted.The last story I won’t relate in such detail, but it is every bit as moving. It concerns the fathers of Julie Welch, victim of the 1995 Murrah Building, Oklahoma City bombing, and Timothy McVeigh, perpetrator of the bombing. Two fathers who could easily have been sworn enemies, find something much deeper in forgiveness.The remaining examples are a mixed bag. I personally didn't find most of them especially inspiring, but maybe I have read too much on this subject or they suffer by comparison.That’s the positive on Mr. Allen’s book. On the down side, the language used by the centurion in the prologue is modern slang. If you can’t even make an attempt to have historic characters speak and think in something roughly resembling language from their own era, then at least make them sound neutral, as if they could come from any time and place. Please no 21st century colloquialisms, slang or other identifying informal language for ancients and medievals. The soldier who won Jesus’ robe was ‘styling’ and we were supposed to ‘check it out’. The same thing in a later chapter on St. Peter. I had to skip those sections. There are questions for discussion and ‘Real Life Helps’ at the end of each chapter. Overall the subject is amazing, the material ranges from great to okay and the writing is fair. A fast read.

  • Rand
    2019-03-21 18:26

    Rote yet rite on. One thing I have learned—both from this book and elsewhere—is that in order to ask for forgiveness, one must first forgive oneself. That can be the hardest part, as sometimes the injured party is eager for reconciliation and yet the injurer continues to castigate themselves out of that self-humilitating perversion of the ego known as pride.This may not be the book that allows your heart to love freely once more, but it will ease the brakes if you let it.

  • Jackie
    2019-03-21 21:32

    I thought I didn't necessarily need to read this book because I didn't have any big wrongs I needed to forgive. However I now think everyone needs to read this book. The chapters are short and simple (most are excellent, a few are just eh), and the reflection questions are meaningful. Some of the stories are so powerful I cried reading them. This book made me realize that we all have forgiveness issues, and showed the steps towards becoming a forgiving person. I also appreciated the direct examples of how important forgiveness was to Jesus' mission here on earth. Great read!!

  • Katherine
    2019-04-04 02:23

    These true stories were absolutely fantastic. Not only does this book go over why forgiveness is so important and how it links us to God, but also it inspired me to employ forgiveness in my life everyday. This was definitely a life changing book. The way I look at situations will definitely change now!

  • Anne
    2019-03-22 22:13

    Quick read. Some good points and questions after each story.

  • Kate Collins
    2019-03-28 20:37

    It's good for what it is. It's thought provoking but not particularly deep. Very easy read, I read it in a morning.

  • William Wright
    2019-04-04 19:36

    I got this book for free a couple of Easters ago. It fine for what it is. Digestible stories of "people" forgiving.

  • Michael
    2019-03-30 19:12

    My dad (!) and my mom both read this book. It was given to them through their church as a part of Lent. It's a very fast read, about a very real issue: forgiveness.How do you forgive people who have wronged you? Should you forgive them? Should you, yourself be forgiven for the mistakes you have made? Should you forgive yourself? Pretty profound question. The author uses the examples of people from real live (like Corrie ten Boom, Pope John Paul II, and others) and people from the Bible to offer examples of the power of forgiveness to make things better. I was reminded a little bit of the book The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness, which took a more nuanced approach to the idea of forgiveness, and was a bit more harsh, I think, in its conclusions. Forgiveness seems as though it is a psychologically healthy attitude to have toward others, but--this is my opinion--it needs to be paired with justice. In other words, I can find it in my heart to forgive someone who has wronged me so long as there is some kind of restitution for the wronging. It needs to be a two way street, or it's too easy (I keep thinking of Bonhoeffer's 'cheap grace' analogy). And, forgiveness depends very much on the nature of the wrong. If someone hurts my feelings in a moment of pique or thoughtlessness, that's one thing. If someone causes me incredible distress due to a serious, serious wrong, that's quite another. I have to say, I am adept at apologizing for my errors (years of practice, my friends, years of practice). I have found it best to address mistakes head on, to admit wrongdoing, and to move forward with the intention of not making the same mistakes again. I hope that people forgive me for the errors I've made, and I hope that I can be forgiving as well.A good book. Made me think.

  • Val
    2019-04-15 21:24

    It was OK. There were good stories, but I read this alone. It probably would have been better in a group. He referenced a forgiveness journal a couple of times, but nothing after that. Didn't feel really moved by the book. My aunt on the other hand was in a Bible study with it and she LOVED it.

  • Roberta
    2019-04-12 22:26

    It's true...everybody needs to forgive somebody. My book included a study guide and questions for group discussion. While I read this alone, the questions added a lot to this book for me. Each story also has "real life help" suggestions at the end of each chapter. I would highly recommend this book.

  • Gina
    2019-04-05 20:15

    This was a really good that came to me at the perfect time. The end of chapter questions were thought-provoking to the point that the book took longer to read as I journaled along the way and really tried to apply the individual lessons. Not as easy as it sounds. I believe I'm a better person because of this book!

  • Alan Lampe
    2019-04-07 22:13

    This is a great little inspirational book. You read about twelve individuals who forgave those who harmed them. It also comes with a group discussion study guide. What I learned from it is that if these people can forgive, then so can I. The world is a better place when we forgive others and ourselves.

  • Rosy
    2019-04-02 20:17

    What a beautiful and powerful book!! Yes, we all have somebody that we need to forgive, and the world would be such a beautiful place if we dared to take that step... Imagine your life with no baggage, no resentment, only healed hearts and fresh starts.

  • Wendy
    2019-03-20 00:33

    Found this jewel in the neighborhood's "little library". What a treasure to soak in for the afternoon! It's a quick read with a heavy message. Highly recommend for everyone.

  • Gloria
    2019-04-14 22:38

    Some parts were very helpful.

  • Mary
    2019-04-10 23:40

    With a study guide, actions to take, and prayers, Hunt's anecdotes offer motivation to be the best we can be.

  • Monica Zeringue
    2019-04-03 18:39

    Powerful testaments to the grace given to those who embrace forgiveness. It is an overlooked tool to happiness and true success in life.

  • Lara Lavoie
    2019-04-15 02:13

    Well done and inspiring.

  • Caitlin
    2019-04-12 22:27

    This book was an easy read and took about an hour for me to finish. The stories inside this small book were helpful to me as I pursue my faith and hope to increase it, but I think the idea of forgiveness that this book preaches is something that everyone needs in their life, whether they are religious or not. "In my family, we have a remarkable ability to remember every wrong ever done to us, when it was done and by whom...And we occasionally like to trot out that list and chew on it a little longer, as if that will satisfy our souls or make us feel more right." (pg. 15)"He straightened up and said to us, 'Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.'" (pg. 71)"That is forgiveness. Freedom from the past. Freedom for the future." (pg. 72)"It will come as no surprise that our word excruciating comes from the Latin word excruciare, which means 'from the cross.' In other words, when we describe the worst kind of pain, excruciating, we are referring to the cross of Christ itself." (pg. 89-90)

  • Erin
    2019-04-11 18:18

    These were some very amazing stories of forgiveness. I know we are called to radically forgive, like our Lord, this book showed me just how far away from that ability I really am. I would have liked more stories that were relatable on a daily/family basis. The questions were thought provoking and for full disclosure, I did not start the journal as they recommended in Chapter 1. I will be coming back to this book, from time to time.Overall, I really like the message and will continue to strive to forgive, like our Lord.

  • B.Barron
    2019-04-09 19:33

    Aside from two instances of what I call Christian Fan Fiction (Stories from the Bible retold from different perspectives than in the Bible - this is kind of a no-no for me and I deducted a star for that) its a good book on the value of Forgiveness.Not a lot of good for me right now because it is God I am mad at. Still, the book is good.

  • Nancy B
    2019-03-30 18:40

    Read this in a day! It is a quick read and also compelling and moved me to tears several times. Demonstrates the power of forgiveness and offers ideas for how to get there. There is a discussion guide at the end of the book which could make this a great choice for a group. It is a perfect follow up after the Jubilee Year of Mercy

  • Gail
    2019-03-20 01:16

    An easy and inspiring read. The story that moved me the most was the forgiveness of Bud Welch, father of twenty-three-year old Julie Marie Welch who died in the Federal Building in Oklahoma City when Timothy McVeigh bombed it. Read how and why Bud Welch met with Timothy McVeigh's father, who was also grieving. This was a touching story, as were many others in the book. Well worth reading.

  • Sharon
    2019-04-09 00:20

    Easy to read, more difficult to put into practice, but I'm working on it. I liked how it had short little stories about real people in difficult situations who offered forgiveness when they could have decided to be vengeful. Amazing people in truly horrific circumstances. They are inspiring to those of us who have been holding grudges of others or who are in need of forgiveness ourselves.

  • Sue
    2019-04-14 02:33

    This book was an interesting and easy read. Stories of real people. It made me realize that we all do have to forgive someone. What really struck me is that "If you are not able to forgive others, God will not forgive you. The more you forgive, the more you will be forgiven. ". Enough said.

  • Tom Wascoe
    2019-03-31 18:12

    A compilation of real life stories of hurt and forgiveness. The author also includes some practical means to introduce forgiveness into one's life.

  • Jessica Reidt
    2019-04-14 02:25

    "It's as if he has a prayer reflex" last chapter on John Paul II

  • Leslie
    2019-04-12 20:38

    Great examples of forgiveness and God's grace. Great read for everyone!

  • Susan Eberhardt
    2019-03-22 02:26

    Excellent, quick read on the power of forgiveness. True stories make the reader think, ponder how this might apply to personal situations.

  • Jerry Rehkemper
    2019-03-30 02:32

    Some unreal stories of forgiveness. Something I don't think I could of done.