Peacegiver: How Christ Offers to Heal Our Hearts and Homes

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What does the atonement mean, practically speaking? How is Christ the answer to a strained relationship with a spouse, child, parent, or sibling? What if I am being mistreated-how can the atonement help me cope with that? How can I discover the desire to repent when I don't feel the need to repent" And how can I invite others to do the same? These are the challenging, difficult questions of daily life, questions to which the gospel must provide answers if it is to have living, ...
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Overview

What does the atonement mean, practically speaking? How is Christ the answer to a strained relationship with a spouse, child, parent, or sibling? What if I am being mistreated-how can the atonement help me cope with that? How can I discover the desire to repent when I don't feel the need to repent" And how can I invite others to do the same? These are the challenging, difficult questions of daily life, questions to which the gospel must provide answers if it is to have living, cleansing, redeeming power.

The Peacegiver is a book about the answers to these questions. Unlike other books about the atonement, The Peacegiver is written as an extended parable. It tells the story of a man struggling, with the help of a loved one, to come unto Christ. IN reading the rich details of his often difficult journey, we find ourselves embarked on a personal journey of our own. His questions are our questions; his problems, our problems; his discoveries, our discoveries. Along the way, the truths of the gospel are unfolded with surprising clarity and power, illuminating aspects of the atonement that few of us have ever heard or considered before. These surprising implications show us the way to deep and lasting peace in our hearts and homes.

"My peace I give unto you," the Savior declared. The Peacegiver explores in a deeply personal way what we must do to receive the peace he stands willing to give.


About the Author:
James L. Ferrell is a graduate of Brigham Young University and Yale Law School. Professionally, he has authored numerous books and serves as managing director of The Arbinger Institute, a renowned management-consulting firm and scholarly consortium that specializes in peacemaking. He and his wife, Jackie, have five children.

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Rick is a believer in Christ and father of four, but his marriage is locked in a miserable death spiral of petty arguments and wounded pride. Rick is crushed with self-pity and resentment toward his wife when his deceased grandfather begins visiting him in dreams in an effort to bring him to the peace and forgiveness promised by Christ. This homiletic storytelling in a nonfiction book may not work for everyone, but the sermon embedded in the tale is terrific. Ferrell offers powerful interpretations of two Old Testament stories: the relatively obscure encounter between David and Abigail (wife of Nabal) that takes place in 1 Samuel, and the better-known story of Jonah and Nineveh. In both, Ferrell finds archetypes of Christ and evidence of how the atonement is designed to make it as easy as possible for us to forgive others and thereby attain our own peace and salvation. The genius of this little book is to weave biblical insights back into the story of modern-day Rick and his wife-to show how moments of forgiveness not only stay life-and-death battles, but also the daily battles that lead to bitter estrangements of loved ones. Both the protagonist and the author are LDS (Mormon), but the book is easily accessible to anyone seeking insights to the core Christian doctrine of the atonement.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590382233
  • Publisher: Deseret Book Company
  • Publication date: 3/8/2004
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,404,342
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.84 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2004

    A 'can't put it down' Masterpiece on the Atonement

    This is a truly remarkable book--for me, the best book I have ever read. I can hardly describe it as it gives such a fresh and clarifying view of Christ's atonement, and how the Savior can change our hearts and the health and happiness of our relationships. Part of its power, I think, is that the book unfolds as a real-to-life story, so that the learnings about the atonement--which are truly stunning--have a context that makes them real and practical. I have already read the book three times, in less than two weeks, and I'm sure I'll read it many more times in the coming months and years. It is an eye-opening, heart-changing read. If you are a believer in Christ, or at least open to the Christian message, this is a must read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2008

    Been hurt...

    I have been a victim, of much, for much of my life. I could not understand WHY I was being told 'I' needed to repent. This incredible, incredible book on The Atonement is so-o well written from the view of 'Ricky' a young father who feels wronged in his marriage. His loving Grandfather Carson has passed on, and comes to help him see why and how the Atonement covers his wife's sins* [*in Ricks eyes]. Rick needs to worry about his own sins, even though he thinks he has been sinned against. The scriptures 'come to life' in a series of dreams. Doctrine is taught, all the while, Ricky clinging to and justifying HIS hurt and anger. (sound familiar?) Through this book, the scriptures & prayer, I am finally able to move forward, and am beginning to heal from my many wounds of the past.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2009

    This book changed our lives

    My husband and I had this book recommended to us. We happen to be members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, as the author is, however, the person who recommended it to us is not. The author very craftily deals with marriage struggles, communication, holding grudges, blaming others, forgiveness and much more by using stories from the Old Testament which we normally bypass. It is hard to explain how the author teaches and touches hearts without being "preachy" or boring. We read the book fairly quickly, but did plenty of underlining and plan to re-read it often. This sounds trite, but we both felt profoundly changed as a result of this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    This bok saved my marriage

    I read this book years ago and LOVED it, but the last couple of weeks, after a long rough year, my marriage was heading down a dark, slippery, damaging slope. Out of the country and desperate, I felt impressed to purchase the Nook version of this book that sits on my shelf at home. It allowed me to allow the Lord to change my heart, which in turn allowed a shift in my husband...and he didn't read the book, nor did I share any of its easily accessible but profound wisdom and truths! This book introduces you to the path of personal peace and helps your heart to back off from the war raging within.

    On a purely critical vein, I am EXTREMELY sad the ebook version does not have ANY of the myriad footnotes and the scriptural references that the hard copy of this book has. People who read ebooks should be able to study the actual verses the author got thses insights from. Shame on whoever decided to omit them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    Soul changing

    This book helped me to put my life in better perspective. I like how he compares Satan's lies to a fine thread that becomes a chain entangling us until we can't seem to free ourselves! A must read if you are Christian!

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