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Forgiving and reconciling : bridges to wholeness and hope

Author: Everett L Worthington, Jr.
Publisher: Downers Grove, Ill. : InterVarsity Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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All of us have suffered painful emotional and relational hurts. God calls us to forgive those who have hurt us, but that's often easier said than done. We don't usually know how to forgive others, nor are we always sure if we have truly forgiven them. Psychologist and counselor Everett L. Worthington Jr., the leading Christian researcher on forgiveness, says that forgiving is a gift we give to others. When we offer  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Everett L Worthington, Jr.
ISBN: 0830832440 9780830832446
OCLC Number: 51931069
Notes: Revised edition of: Five steps to forgiveness. c2001.
Description: 268 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Why forgive? --
Unforgiveness, justice and forgiveness --
The Christian foundation of forgiving --
R: Recall the hurt --
E: Empathize --
A: Altruistic gift of forgiveness --
C: Commit publicly to forgive --
H: Hold onto forgiveness --
Decisions --
Discussion --
Detoxification --
Devotion.
Responsibility: Everett Worthington.
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All of us have suffered painful emotional and relational hurts. God calls us to forgive those who have hurt us, but that's often easier said than done. We don't usually know how to forgive others, nor are we always sure if we have truly forgiven them. Psychologist and counselor Everett L. Worthington Jr., the leading Christian researcher on forgiveness, says that forgiving is a gift we give to others. When we offer forgiveness to others as an altruistic gift, it is more effective than when we forgive only for our own benefit in an effort to "get over" the hurt. True forgiveness is accomplished through a careful process of understanding both the offense and the offender and taking active steps to forgiveness. In this insightful and practical book, Worthington provides a wealth of clinically proven tools and exercises for moving toward forgiveness. Worthington's expertise comes not only from years of scientific research but also from the experience of the brutal murder of his own mother. His convictions were put to the test as he worked through his conflicting emotions and rage toward the murderer. He found that the principles of Christian forgiveness enabled him to forgive even his mother's killer. While forgiveness is something that we can do on our own, reconciliation involves another party. Worthington brings both themes together and shows how we can move beyond forgiveness and cross the bridge to reconciliation. This book, previously published as has been fully revised to make clear the scriptural foundations of Christian forgiveness. Biblical, authoritative and pastorally sound, this guide will be of help to anyone who wants to find the freedom of forgiveness.

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