Forgiveness: Following Jesus into Radical Loving

Forgiveness: Following Jesus into Radical Loving

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by Paula Huston
     
 

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Are you able to forgive those who have hurt you? If you find it difficult to forgive, this book is your encouragement. If you're having trouble accepting forgiveness for something you have done, this is your inspiration. With honesty, writing about her own failings, Paula Huston examines the intellectual, psychological, social, and spiritual meanings of forgiveness

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Are you able to forgive those who have hurt you? If you find it difficult to forgive, this book is your encouragement. If you're having trouble accepting forgiveness for something you have done, this is your inspiration. With honesty, writing about her own failings, Paula Huston examines the intellectual, psychological, social, and spiritual meanings of forgiveness. She asks tough questions and then offers possible solutions, drawing a portrait of a truly forgiving person. "One of Jesus' most mind-boggling declarations is that we who hope to follow him must first be willing to forgive the people who have hurt us. Not only does this injunction show up at the heart of the prayer he offers to his disciples ("Give us this day our daily bread…") but he restates it as a requirement for salvation: "If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions." (Mt. 6:11-15) "He also tells us that if we wish to live in relationship with God, we must first seek forgiveness from those we've hurt: "Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift." (Mt. 5:23-24). Our damaged relationships with other people, especially when we are responsible for that damage, have a direct effect on our friendship with God."

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Beyond all the vision quests, Scripture explanations, and spiritual exhortations, there are certain regions of human experience that are so painful, so difficult, that even religious writers touch on them rarely and with reluctance. This season, two brave books take a frank look at depression and forgiveness. Crafton, an Episcopal priest and founder of The Geranium Farm (www.geraniumfarm.org), approaches the subject of depression with astonishing candor and courage. Coming to terms with her own experience of this illness, she acknowledges depression's fundamental intractability-its meaninglessness and dullness. While she wisely dispels the Christian fear of suicide ("There's more than enough hell to go around, right here on earth"), she also rejects easy solutions. Love may not be the answer, but it minimizes the worst of the illness.

Huston (The Holy Way), a former literature teacher, tackles forgiveness, which while one of the keystones of Christian faith is remarkably hard to offer or receive. She thoughtfully helps the reader to think about preparing both to forgive and to be forgiven, for example, by eschewing "false forgiveness"; forgiving parents, spouses, and community; and being creatures of forgiveness in an unforgiving world. Both of these books are highly recommended.


—Graham Christian

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557257338
Publisher:
Paraclete Press
Publication date:
04/30/2009
Series:
US
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
574,529
File size:
2 MB

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Paula Huston wrote literary fiction for many years before turning to spiritual writing. Her books include The Holy Way: Practices for a Simple Life, and By Way of Grace: Moving From Faithfulness to Holiness. She was also co-editor and contributing essayist for the collection Signatures of Grace: Catholic Writers on the Sacraments. Her essays and articles have appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including America, Image, The Christian Century, and Geez. A former university literature teacher, she is a wife, mother, grandmother, and Camaldolese Benedictine oblate.

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