Michael Barry (DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary; MA, Princeton Theological Seminary) is Director of Pastoral Care at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, where he specializes in the connection between spirituality and health. He has served in the ministry for over twenty years and has appeared on numerous radio and television shows around the country. He is the author of A Reason for Hope, A Season for Hope, and The Art of Caregiving.
The Forgiveness Project: The Startling Discovery of How to Overcome Cancer, Find Health, and Achieve Peaceby Michael Barry
All religions value forgiveness, but only Christianity requires it. Internalizing anger is destructive to our spiritual health and can destroy families, marriages, and even churches. But what about our physical health? Is there a relationship between a spirit of unforgiveness and cancer? Between forgiveness and healing? How do you really forgive?
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.
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The Forgiveness Project is an enjoyable book. It demonstrates that forgiveness does have an effect on the body. The examples presented all showed changes emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It is a very thought provoking book. I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
The Forgiveness Project shows us how modern medicine and ancient wisdom can come together to heal body, mind and spirit. Just as a cancerous tumor suddenly disappears in a spontaneous remission, God can “change a human heart in an instant”. The author, Michael S. Barry, is the Director of Pastoral Care at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Philadelphia. As such, he has seen the devastating effects of unforgiveness and the burden-lifting effects of forgiveness firsthand. Body and mind and soul are connected. This book is a look into the Forgiveness Project started at the centers and how to benefit from it. This book is insightful for all but especially valuable to those who may be struggling with the process of forgiving and want to find peace and relief from hate. There are five personal stories in the book before Dr. Barry gets into the science behind the healing through forgiveness. This makes for a very readable book. I received a free copy of the book from the Book Club Network at www.bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
Taken from the back cover of the book—“All religions value forgiveness, but only Christianity requires it. Internalizing anger is destructive to our spiritual health and can destroy families, marriages, and even churches. But what about our physical health? Is there a relationship between a spirit of unforgiveness and disease? Between forgiveness and healing?” This is a wonderful and very eye opening book. Can forgiveness really help us heal? Can it simplify our lives? What is forgiveness? Well forgiveness is not telling the people who we believe hurt us that what they did is okay. It is us letting go of the pain that was done to us and moving on. Unforgiveness is hatred. Often we believe we are holding another person hostage with our unforgiveness and possible hatred toward them. But are we really? No, this book aims to show that we are only holding ourselves hostage with our unforgiveness. Every one of us has some unforgiveness in their lives. What would it feel like to let it go? “Everyone says that forgiveness is a lovely idea until they have something to forgive. C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity.” Page 37. Often we also live with the understanding that to forgive we need to see and talk to the person we want to forgive. This is a myth, according to Mr. Barry. He suggests that “forgiveness involves only one person: you. Page 144. I believe that by reading this book you will become very enlightened as to what forgiveness is and what it isn’t. It isn’t a magic cure for what ails us, but it can be a cure for a lot of other issues that stress us. I would suggest anyone struggling with any life issues pick up this book and read it at your leisure. There is a lot of great information between the front and back cover and I believe this is a book that could be read a couple times and would still have information to enlighten us. I was given this book by bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
I enjoyed reading The Forgiveness Project by Michael Barry. I have always believed that happy people tend to get better faster when faced with an illness than those who give up hope or are depressed/upset. However, I loved how this book explored the effect of anger on illness as well. And I thoroughly enjoyed how he mixed Scripture along with personal stories to show just how the body is affected by anger…and also forgiveness. Great read and one I will be sharing with others as this is something that would be useful to all of us. Who of us haven’t held onto a grudge, even if “little” versus bitterness or hatred. Because we all know that anger left to fester has the potential to turn into something greater when not dealt with. I received this book for free from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
Unforgiveness… what does it do to one’s body? The idea of forgiveness is not just a Christian concept but it is also found in many other cultures and religions. Dr. Michael Barry has made a study of the healing effects of forgiveness at the Cancer Center of America on the patients that come from everywhere to that Center. He has found those that go through his program have healed faster, had remission, had cancers disappear, and been miraculously healed. This author presents five testimonies of patients he has worked with and the results obtained through The Forgiveness Project. He also shows the effects on the body that unforgiveness produces and then shows how forgiveness can make a real difference spiritually, physically, and emotionally. If all of us could only realize the benefits of forgiveness, we would be able to change society and the world. I fully recommend this book. I received this free book from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
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.