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Forgiveness Is a Choice is a self-help book for people who have been deeply hurt by another and caught in a vortex of anger, depression, and resentment. As a creator of the first scientifically proven forgiveness program in the country, Robert D. Enright shows how forgiveness can reduce anxiety and depression while increasing self-esteem and hopefulness toward one's future. This groundbreaking work demonstrates how forgiveness, approached in the correct manner, benefits the forgiver far more than the forgiven. Filled with wisdom and warm encouragement, the book leads the reader on a path that will bring clarity and peace. Enright is careful to distinguish forgiveness from "pseudoforgiveness" and to reassure readers that forgiveness does not mean accepting continued abuse or even reconciling with the offender. Rather, by giving the gift of forgiveness, readers are encouraged to confront and let go of their pain in order to regain their lives.
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According to the results of the Human Development Study Group at the University of Madison, WI, forgiveness leads to improved physical and mental health as well as better relationships. This practical, nonsectarian, self-directed guide is deeply rooted in that study, of which educational psychologist Enright was a leader. Unlike other books on forgiveness (e.g., the writings of Lewis B. Smedes and Philip Yancey), this work doesn't cater to the casual reader seeking hints for self-improvement; Enright's readers must be committed and immerse themselves in the four stages of self-discovery uncovering anger, deciding to forgive, working on forgiveness, and discovery and release. Stressing that the process of forgiveness is different for each person, Enright advises flexibility, discourages the premature setting of specific goals, and encourages readers to draw on the support of a friend or therapist as they work through the phases. This debut title of the American Psychological Association's new trade imprint, APA LifeTools, is highly recommended. Lucille M. Boone, San Jose P.L., CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557987570
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: APA Lifetools Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 297
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Forgiveness is a Choice 1
Ch. 1 Forgiveness: A Path to Freedom 3
Ch. 2 What Forgiveness Is ... and What It Is Not 23
Ch. 3 Why Forgive ... and the Consequences of Not Forgiving 45
Pt. II The Process of Forgiveness 69
Ch. 4 A Map and Tools for Your Journey 71
Ch. 5 Acknowledging Your Anger 93
Ch. 6 Confronting the Depth of Your Anger 107
Ch. 7 Committing to Forgive 125
Ch. 8 Gaining Perspectives 139
Ch. 9 Building Positive Feelings, Thoughts, and Behaviors 157
Ch. 10 Experiencing Discovery and Release From Emotional Prison 171
Ch. 11 Saying "I Forgive You" 187
Pt. III Going Deeper 197
Ch. 12 More Questions to Help You Forgive 199
Ch. 13 Helping Children Forgive 217
Ch. 14 Wanting to Be Forgiven 245
Ch. 15 Reconciling 263
References 277
Index 287
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2003

    so encouraging

    I found this book mentioned on the Nightmares Echo book site as one of the books bought with, so I purchased both. This book is so encouraging, so uplifting. I would tell the reading audience to buy both Nightmares Echo and Forgiveness is a choice....I have learned so much

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