Item description for Getting Rid of the Gorilla: Confessions on the Struggle to Forgive by Brian Jones...
Overview An unforgiving heart ruins relationships. In these confessions from the author's own struggle, readers can find hope and strength for finally getting rid of the gorilla in their lives.
Christian books on forgiveness are usually written to impart informationwhat forgiveness is, why we should forgive, what happens when we don't, how to forgive. Secular books on forgiveness teach similar concepts but leave Jesus out of the equation. Getting Rid of the Gorilla promotes no pat answers or simple-step solutions but comes alongside strugglers and puts an arm around their shoulders. Brian Jones combines his storytelling gift with bold and compassionate honesty and an ever-present awareness of the love of God and the value of the struggle.
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Studio: Standard Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.56" Width: 5.74" Height: 0.59" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Mar 3, 2008
Publisher STANDARD PUBLISHING #153
ISBN 0784721521 ISBN13 9780784721520
Availability 0 units.
More About Brian Jones
Brian Jones is the founding pastor at Christ's Church of the Valley in Collegeville, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. He and his wife Lisa helped plant CCV in 2000 and now he and his team lead a congregation of a thousand people. Brian is a graduate of Cincinnati Christian University and Princeton Theological Seminary.
Reviews - What do customers think about Getting Rid of the Gorilla: Confessions on the Struggle to Forgive?
Helpful guide May 22, 2010
For anyone with anger issues -- and most of us have them from time to time -- this book is a helpful resource in getting to the bottom of the hurt and sense of injustice that cause anger, and working through them. I'm thankful that I haven't had the amount of rage that the author details in the book, but his insights are good. Jones refers to anger as "the gorilla," which isn't a bad way to describe it. This book does have a Christian basis and details the author's struggles with doctrine that doesn't work for him anymore. To me, this makes him more human and believeable. There also is a study guide you can get for this if you want to use it in a Sunday school class or other discussion group.
Incredible Read Aug 12, 2009
This book was referred to me by a friend to help me deal with my own forgiveness issues. I hadn't heard of it or Brian Jones, but was totally blown away by the writing style and message. Contrary to another review here, it is quite based on Scripture, and does a great job of taking apart certain key passages and really showing how to apply it.
The writing style and humor are absolutely brilliant, I couldn't put it down. Brian has a second book I plan to read, plus apparently a new one on the way. I hope he makes writing a regular part of his ministry because he is very blessed as a writer and story teller.
Phenomenal Read Aug 12, 2009
Getting Rid of the Gorilla is a phenomenal read for anyone who struggles with forgiveness and the issues that emerge from an inability to let go of anger, pain, fear, and resentment. Jones discusses his own struggles and inability to forgive, its impact on others around him, and how it all affected his understanding of scripture and following God's will. His writing style is so candid and real that I found myself experiencing his struggles right along with him - I laughed, I cried, and finally found some comfort and peace in his words. I recommend this book to anyone who has suffered through divorce, painful childhoods, or other trauma that has left them hardened and angry and questioning God's will....you will realize quickly that you are not alone!
OK May 31, 2009
This book is good personal account of someone dealing with forgiveness, but in my opinion not always based on Scripture.
Not what I expected May 13, 2008
It's probably not fair for me to be critiquing the book. As a psychologist and lay Christian with a special interest in forgiveness, I was expecting something different. I thought I was picking up a story on how the author managed to forgive an offense. Even by the end of the book, I didn't know what the offense was, and really what his process had been in forgiving.
Given that disappointment, I did find it a good read. I liked the metaphor of the gorilla who could escape, but didn't know it. I liked his humor and his stories, both self-revealing and describing others.
When he referred to one of my favorite books on forgiveness, "The Art of Forgiving," I assume he meant Lewis Smedes's book, though I didn't find Smedes referenced. Maybe I missed it.
On the very first page, I knew I would be disagreeing with Jones. I believe the lesson to be learned from "Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us" is that it's all one operation. As we are able to forgive others, we are able to forgive ourselves, and vice versa. But then, I have more authority as a psychologist than as a theologian.
I haven't seen the discussion guide, so I should probably not comment, but this book is much wordier that Wilma Derksen's "Unsettled Weather: How Do I Forgive?" which worked beautifully for an 8-session small group series conducted at the local Presbyterian church.
The wonderful thing about forgiveness is that there are many routes to its accomplishment. This is probably just the thing for lots of people. And it was a fun two-hour read.