When You Can't Say "I Forgive You": Breaking the Bonds of Anger and Hurt

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When You Can't Say "I Forgive You" walks you step-by-step along the path of complete forgiveness.

Through the authors' gentle approach and compelling stories, you will discover the power to make it through the process of forgiveness—past the vulnerability, pain, and anger—toward a true change of heart. Tyndale House Publishers

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Overview

When You Can't Say "I Forgive You" walks you step-by-step along the path of complete forgiveness.

Through the authors' gentle approach and compelling stories, you will discover the power to make it through the process of forgiveness—past the vulnerability, pain, and anger—toward a true change of heart. Tyndale House Publishers

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More than a dozen titles have been published in the last year on forgiveness. What does true forgiveness mean, and how does one achieve it? These two titles attempt to answer those questions and more. Each, in fact, goes so far as to claim that forgiveness is important not only for spiritual but also medical reasons (it lowers blood pressure, for example). The Unburdened Heart focuses on Nelson's five-step formula for complete forgiveness: awareness, validation, compassion, humility, and self-forgiveness. The former professional basketball player and sports writer also considers whether to reconcile with the perpetrator or say goodbye and whether one can still forgive if the apology is insincere. At the core of her compelling narrative is her experience of being sexually abused by her high school coach; at the time, she very much believed his story that they were having an adult affair. While researching a previous book, The Stronger Women Get, the More Men Love Football (LJ 5/15/94), she could not get other coaches to comment on abuse, but here she reconnects with her old coach after 20 years to start the forgiving process. Written in straightforward workbook style, Nelson's text ends with three pages of group discussion questions. Ketterman and Hazard, a speaker/ psychiatrist and an author, respectively, write in a more folksy, storytelling style, but their point is no less convincing. Because they take a Christian stance, their book may be especially helpful to religious counselors; the chapter "A Personal Reckoning" poignantly illustrates what forgiveness means. Like Nelson, Ketterman has a deep personal connection to her topic: she had already divorced her successful husbandwhen he called to tell her that he had been arrested and needed her help. They worked through their problems and remarried after he was released from prison. Both of these titles use forceful personal vignettes to show the process of working through events to exoneration. Nelson's book is better arranged for group work, while Ketterman and Hazard's is more amenable to an individual read.--Lisa Wise, Broome Cty. P.L., Binghamton, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576830376
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/5/2000
  • Series: The Revised 2:7 Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 984,523
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author


Bill Hull's efforts as a pastor and writer has been focused on being a disciple and making disciples. He has written several ground breaking books for leaders and churches. Bill and his wife Jane have been married since 1969 and are the parents of two grown sons.
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