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Unconditional?: The Call of Jesus to Radical Forgiveness

Unconditional?: The Call of Jesus to Radical Forgiveness

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by Brian Zahnd
     
 

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Should we always forgive?
Is forgiveness always even possible?
Does forgiveness enable evil?
Does it sacrifice justice?
Are there ANY limits?
 
In a world where the ugliness of rage and retaliation are driving the story line, Unconditional? offers the beauty, reconciliation, and total restoration

Overview

Should we always forgive?
Is forgiveness always even possible?
Does forgiveness enable evil?
Does it sacrifice justice?
Are there ANY limits?
 
In a world where the ugliness of rage and retaliation are driving the story line, Unconditional? offers the beauty, reconciliation, and total restoration of forgiveness the way Jesus taught us to live it. 
 
More than just another biblical exposition, this book begins with the horror of the Holocaust as it explores what forgiveness means—and how far it should go—in the real world of murder, rape, child abuse, genocide, and other atrocities.
 
With unusual honesty, compassion, and depth, Zahnd incorporates some of the most compelling and difficult thoughts on the subject from history’s writers, philosophers, and theologians; always returning to the example Jesus gave us with his life and his death.
 

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this insightful critique of contemporary Christianity, Zahnd (What to Do on the Worst Day of Your Life), pastor and founder of Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, Mo., challenges Christians to make Jesus' call to forgiveness central to their faith. He bases his argument that Christians are not merely forgiven--a belief he considers "cheap grace"-- but also called to "extend the grace of forgiveness to others" on his compelling analysis of the Sermon on the Mount, as well as Jesus' teaching and life, particularly Jesus' own plea on behalf of his executioners. In addition to drawing examples of radical forgiveness from scripture and literature, Zahnd provides powerful role models from recent history: Nelson Mandela's seeking reconciliation in postapartheid South Africa; the astonishing response of the Amish community to the murder of Amish schoolchildren in 2006; Pope John Paul II's befriending of his would-be assassin; and numerous others who chose to "end the cycle of revenge." Zahnd's evident preaching skills enliven this thought-provoking book; for example, he asks: "Who has fired the gun of hate at your heart?" The author may shake up his presumed readership of fellow evangelical Christians with his challenges to red-state America, and his demanding yet hopeful arguments deserve attention from Christians of all persuasions. (Jan.)
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I have been waiting for a book like the one you are holding in your hand. In a fresh and compelling way, Zahnd urges all of us to give up on consumerism and hostility toward those who differ from us and practice generous and forgiving grace. --From the Foreword by Miroslav Volf, Professor of Theology, Yale University
 
Pastor Brian Zahnd is a fellow dreamer with a daring vision for the church today.  He is a passionate voice offering practical and biblical revelation on the art of forgiveness and the challenge of following Christ’s example in our everyday lives. --Brian Houston, Senior Pastor, Hillsong Church
 
Radical forgiveness is the most important—and most difficult—ethical imperative there is. This book couldn’t be more important. Zahnd’s voice—a very compelling voice—is 100 percent there, nothing fake, nothing contrived. People will love the book if they read it. I very much hope they do. --Clancy Martin, Professor of Philosophy, University of Missouri - Kansas City, and Author of How to Sell
 
As a pastor, I have read many excellent books on forgiveness. Brian Zahnd’s is among the finest I’ve ever read. This book is filled with inspiring stories of forgiveness and keen theological and biblical insights. If I had to recommend just one book on forgiveness, this would be it. --Rev. Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor, Church of the Resurrection, and author of When Christians Get It Wrong
 
As the niece of a Holocaust survivor, I have often asked myself the very question posed by this book—“What would I have done?” Zahnd challenges us to take forgiveness to an unprecedented level and to truly forgive as Jesus did. Eye opening, thought provoking; a must read! --Dr. Sherill Piscopo, Evangel Association of Churches & Ministries, Roseville, MI
 
What a book! Unconditional? is the best I have ever read on the subject of forgiveness. It is a riveting and challenging book. --Vinson Synan, Professor of Church History and Dean Emeritus, Regent University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616380250
Publisher:
Charisma Media
Publication date:
01/04/2011
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Brian Zahnd and his wife Peri live in St. Joseph, Missouri where they pastor Word of Life Church.

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