For all of us who have been wounded by another and struggled to understand and move beyond our feelings of hurt and anger, Lewis Smedes’s classic book on. Smedes gives us pointers on how to do it. I’ll be happy if this summary whets your appetite to read the whole book. Forward: “If we wait to forgive people until. In Forgive and Forget, Lewis B. Smedes show you how to move form hurting and hating to healing and reconciliation. With the lessons of forgiveness, you can.

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Using many dramatic examples drawn from life, this practical book builds upon these three stages to present a realistic path of healing and the road to peace and freedom. I also now have a better grasp of the emotions amd in this whole business of forgiveness. I like how we wish those who hurt us well, is a sign that we already forgave them or in our way to.

The book begins with a fable of the magic eyes, and closes with a brief conclusion called a postlude.

Smedes really hits the heart of the matter. For me, this book validated thoughts and emotions along with helping me to start to release them in a healthy way.

There are many good books on forgiveness. Only a free person can choose to live with an uneven score.

The stages of forgiveness indicate that once we no longer wish someone harm, we are on the road to forgiveness. The definition also helps one to become more self-aware of whether or not snd is actually forgiving.


Forgive and Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve by Lewis B. Smedes

He is the award-winning author of fiftor twenty-five years. The first part of the book talks about the four stages of forgiveness hurting, hating, healing, and reconciliation and some nice things that forgiveness is not. View all 7 comments. This part talked about various acts from hurtful feelings by close friends and family, to rapes, crime victims, human atrocities.

Lists with This Book. You still have to do all the hard work of applying what you have read. Smedes was a renowned author, ethic Lewis B. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

May 07, Leila rated it really liked it. The author eloquently provided insightful comments as to how to go abou Masterfully written with a theological emphasis. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Lots of good stuff in this book. All the king’s armies could not have forced you to do it.

Forgive and Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve

Well written book that approaches human-to-human forgiveness from the theraputic angle i. The sequel, The Art of Forgiving, builds upon the concepts of the first. Lewis Benedictus Smedes — December 19, was a renowned Christian author, ethicist, and theologian in the Reformed tradition.

I recommend this book for a better understanding regarding forgiveness; it dives into the emotions of it all. Presents a list of things that forgiveness is not, things we hide behind in the name of forgiveness.


This book was life altering for me, releasing so much anger towards others who have intentionally or unintentionally caused me pain. Feb 11, Nmdb22 rated it really liked it.

Recommended by my pastor. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. I wish I had known what this book teaches from my youth. The fourth part of the book gives reasons to forgive in the face of those who think forgiveness to be a copout from the need for justice, such as the way it makes life fairer, a better risk than revenge, stronger, and fitting faulty people like ourselves.

It is best to use both volumes, but if you use only one, it should be The Art of Forgiving. Preview — Forgive and Forget by Lewis B.

It is not profound; not a deep treatment of the topic; and though written by a religious figure, is not overly religious.

This is why, for all of us, no matter how badly we have been hurt or when and why it happened, the remedy has one name: Want to Firgive saving…. From inside the book.

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