Forgive Your Way To Freedom: Reconcile Your Past And Reclaim Your Future
If you’ve ever been betrayed and deeply wounded by someone you’ve loved and trusted, then you know how difficult the process of forgiveness can be. At some point in our lives, each of us will grapple with what it means to forgive someone who has hurt us – why we should consider forgiving someone when we are the person who was injured – exactly what forgiveness entails – and whether it costs more in the long run to hold on to our pain or to forgive someone we consider undeserving of our mercy.
I’ve found that in these moments, it really helps to have someone unbiased and experienced in these matters provide perspective and wise counsel. In his book, Forgive Your Way To Freedom: Reconcile Your Past And Reclaim Your Future, Gil Mertz serves as our guide to help us find freedom from the “painful experiences (that) are so personal, so hurtful, and so grievous that they tattoo themselves on our hearts and leave indelible scars on our souls. If left unresolved, they in grain themselves into every fabric of our lives and affect the way we think how we feel, what we choose to believe as true, and ultimately how we live every day.’
Forgive Your Way To Freedom is a sensitive, biblically-based, resource-jammed book that covers everything you need to know about forgiveness. A good place to start your journey is in the Appendix, where the author provides an evaluation to help you assess where you are throughout your forgiveness journey. Part One of the book walks you through the Top Ten Myths of Forgiveness and helps you begin to think about the best ways to forgive other people in your life.
Part 2 of the book helps you to count the high costs of unforgiveness, to take your hurts to God, and to assess whether you are ready to forgive, move forward, and get well.
Part 3 – a particularly powerful part of the book – helps you to gain a new perspective on your past and reframe what has happened to you so that you can begin to move forward in your life.
Part 4 helps you to restore broken relationships, forgive yourself, make peace with God and recognize that your past does not dictate your future.
There are prayers, questions for reflection and discussion, and application exercises at the end of each chapter to help you put the information you are learning into practice. There is also a Resource List for Victims Of Abuse in the back of the book.
Forgive Your Way To Freedom is a life-changing book that deserves a place on everybody’s bookshelf.
I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.
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