Free Yourself to Love: The Liberating Power of Forgiveness

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Jackie Kendall's childhood was a horror story of abuse. A counselor deemed her family "one of the top-ten most dysfunctional in America." Family members have dealt with this trauma in different ways: Two siblings committed suicide. Some siblings ran wild. When Jackie decided that she wanted to break the mold and be a healthy, loving woman, to forgive or not to forgive was not a question. Simply put: one can't love freely without the developed skill of forgiving freely. In FREE YOURSELF TO LOVE, Jackie shares her ...

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Overview

Jackie Kendall's childhood was a horror story of abuse. A counselor deemed her family "one of the top-ten most dysfunctional in America." Family members have dealt with this trauma in different ways: Two siblings committed suicide. Some siblings ran wild. When Jackie decided that she wanted to break the mold and be a healthy, loving woman, to forgive or not to forgive was not a question. Simply put: one can't love freely without the developed skill of forgiving freely. In FREE YOURSELF TO LOVE, Jackie shares her own story and struggle to learn this vital life skill. She also reveals the reasons for—and results of —refusing to forgive. In passionate, empathetic prose, Jackie urges her readers to exchange free-floating bitterness for the freedom to love and be loved.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780446580892
  • Publisher: FaithWords
  • Publication date: 2/24/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 794,949
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jackie Kendall has been involved with ministry for twenty-five years, working as teacher, counselor, conference speaker, and author. Jackie works with several athletic teams, including the Atlanta Braves and Pro Athletes Outreach (which is involved with professional baseball teams and the NFL). She is also the president of Power to Grow Ministries and the author or coauthor of several books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Healing your past, Hope for the future. A book on expectations.

    Practical everyday life-applicable tools for men and women. This book is a true gift, loosening the chains of offenses from your past and freeing you from unrealistic expectations that set you up to be offended in the future. I thought I heard it all on the topic of forgiveness, this text offers a unique perspective. A quote from the book best expresses the daily battle; "Living on Planet Earth with six billion sinners (I among them) guarantees the daily inevitability of offense." The book should be called Free Yourself to "Live"... You will not be disappointed, I can't recommend enough.

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  • Posted March 19, 2010

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    Forgiveness

    This primer on forgiveness gives an in-depth insight on how to do the job. The author breaks down the ability to forgive as per the biblical command to forgive 7 times 70.

    She lists the six most commonly used excuses for not forgiving:

    1. The offense was too great.
    2. The memories of the offense are so vivid.
    3. The offense was repeated.
    4. You want to make the person pay for the offense.
    5. You are too angry to even consider forgiving this person.
    6. The offender didn't say, "I am sorry."

    Addressing each excuse, the author points out that forgiving is a gift, a choice that we must make to experience the freedom to love. She also points out that reconciliation does not necessarily go hand-in-hand with forgiveness. A list follows each chapter that help "Make It Personal." I feel that most folks will find this book helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

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    Such a freeing book! Amazing read! Read this book if you are seeking to be a better forgiver. Jackie knows what she is talking about, you can relate to her story and the stories in the book. GET IT NOW AND FREE YOURSELF TO LOVE!

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

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    Free Yourself To Love by Forgiving

    We all have someone who we are holding a grudge against, but how do we let go? Jackie Kendall is embracing the subject of forgiving those unforgiveables in your life. NOT forgiving someone is a sin; she explains how and why this is so, and why if you want to move on and have loving relationships you need to conquer that. I thought this book was great. We all have baggage from our pasts that really threaten our happiness in the future. I know I had feelings of unforgiveness against my ex-husband. This really opened my eyes to how to find forgiveness towards him and how that could open up my future. Whether you're angry at an abusive husband or parent, a friend who said the wrong thing, people in your office, or even your children Jackie helps you understand why you need to forgive them, and how to do it. The book also examines the artificial forgiveness we all seem to practice on a daily basis. Have you ever told little white lie excusing people's actions to their faces and then silently stew about the offense. This book is a must read for just about everyone. Believe me, it will shine a bit of light in places you didn't know you had to work on!

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