The Path to Forgiveness: Moving forward with hope and healing one day at a time

The Path to Forgiveness: Moving forward with hope and healing one day at a time

by Preston C. VanLoon

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781680882162
Publisher: Blue Mountain Arts, Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 1,249,446
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author


Dr. Preston C. VanLoon is passionate about making a difference in the lives of people and organizations. He is a much sought-after motivational and inspirational speaker for conferences and retreats, both domestically and internationally, and provides daily "Forgive & Live" meditations on KNDR-FM radio in Mandan, ND. Dr. VanLoon has published curriculum and journal articles on a variety of topics including interpersonal forgiveness, which was the focus of his doctoral dissertation. He has served as a college professor, pastor, chaplain, and mental health counselor. His education includes a doctorate in educational psychology with a specialization in human development, two master's degrees in Christian education and biblical studies, and additional graduate studies in special education.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Phase 1 Acknowledging the Hurt and Pain 8

1 The Weight of the Offense 9

2 The Emotional Straggle 11

3 The Anger 13

4 Feelings of Shame 15

5 The Inability to Forget 17

6 Thoughts of Revenge 19

7 The Demand for Justice 21

8 Consumed by Hatred 23

9 Carrying a Grudge 25

10 Accepting the Wrong 27

Phase 2 Making the Decision to Forgive 29

11 What Is Forgiveness? 30

12 Why Forgive? 32

13 Forgiveness Is Difficult 34

14 Forgiveness Is a Process 36

15 ASeason of Hope 38

16 Freedom Through Forgiveness 40

17 A Matter of Will 42

18 Forgive from the Heart 44

19 The Strength to Forgive 46

20 The Choice to Forgive 48

Phase 3 Practicing Forgiveness Strategies 50

21 A Way of Living 51

22 A Change in Thinking 53

23 Reframe Your Offender 55

24 Develop Empathy 57

25 Be Compassionate 59

26 Express Kindness 61

27 Wish Your Offender Well 63

28 Show Mercy 65

29 Pray for Your Offender 67

30 Take the High Road 69

Phase 4 Experiencing the Benefits of Forgiveness 71

31 A New Direction in Life 72

32 Overcoming Hardship 74

33 A Gift to Others 76

34 Improved Health 78

35 Happiness and Peace 80

36 A Positive Outlook 82

37 Your Need for Forgiveness 84

38 Forgive Yourself 86

39 God's Forgiveness 88

40 Your Legacy 90

Concluding Thoughts on Forgiveness 92

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