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After thorough medical, theological, and sociological research and clinical experience at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), ...
After thorough medical, theological, and sociological research and clinical experience at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), author and pastor Michael Barry has made a startling discovery: the immune system and forgiveness are very much connected. Through the inspiring stories of five cancer patients, Barry helps readers identify—and overcome—the barriers that prevent healing and peace. See how a breast cancer patient named Jayne experienced spiritual and physical renewal when she learned to forgive. Meet Cathy whose story illustrates how forgiveness can positively change relationships. Be inspired by Sharon’s story of spontaneous remission. With each true account comes proven strategies, tested and used by CTCA, that readers can implement to find peace with their past, relief from their hatefulness, and hope for healing.
Competing titles may talk about forgiveness, but none specifically address the connection between forgiveness and physical health or offer forgiveness as a specific step toward healing from cancer. The Forgiveness Project presents scientific findings in easy to-understand, accessible language and offers practical steps to help Christians let go of past wrongs and find peace.
Introduction: Cancer and Hatred 13
1 Cooling the Fire Within 17
2 Jayne: "A Feeling of Lightness" 37
3 Russie: "A Little Ugliness in the Deep Recesses of My Heart" 47
4 Cathy: "My Mom, My Hero" 55
5 Rich: It's Not Fair! 61
6 Sharon: A Spontaneous Remission of Hatred 69
7 The Biology of Stress: Simplifying the Complex 77
8 Cancer and Emotional Trauma 95
9 In Search of Motivation: What Is Avoidance? 115
10 Debulking Forgiveness 129
11 Release! The Healing Power of Forgiveness 143
12 Self-Forgiveness or Self-Acceptance? 161
Conclusion: Cool Quickly 183
Epilogue: Eva's Story 187
Posted February 13, 2011
Forgiveness. The key to peace. The freedom from hatred. The glorious outcome of Jesus' resurrection. So why are we so quick to reject it? Why is it so obviously absent in our society? Is there any possible chance that it is connected to the deadly disease, cancer? That is exactly what Rev. Dr. Michael S. Barry strives to explain in The Forgiveness Project.
This book is exactly what it advertises itself to be. It contains in-depth neurological and psychological explanations on the responses to forgiveness and hatred. It also gives cancer patient's testimonies, an explanation of why we don't try to forgive, why we should forgive, and ideas on how to forgive. I can't say that after reading this book I have forgiven everyone. But what I can say is that it got the stone wheel rolling, and I have started on the healing path.
I was shocked to find a few passages from the Hindu Mahabharata. The selected quotes didn't go against my faith in any way however, so I see nothing wrong with it. A great book, recommended to anyone who wants to forgive, whether everyday or a major grudge.