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Overview Forgive to Live by Dick Tibbits,Steve Halliday Everyone has a "grievance story"?we've all been hurt or rejected by someone who mattered to us. Unfortunately, while most of us have been told to forgive, we've never been told how or why to forgive. Dr. Dick Tibbits is here to say that understanding and practicing forgiveness can literally save your life! It's a scientific fact that anger kills?spiritually, emotionally, relationally and physically. In this book?drawn from his groundbreaking research and popular "The Heart of Forgiveness" seminars?Tibbits reveals the clinically proven steps and tools every person needs to uncover their grievance story, eliminate the unresolved anger that they can and can't see?and forgive for good. He also delivers self-tests and activities to help readers measure their progress and ultimately enjoy a long and anger-free life.
SUBTITLE: How Forgiveness Can Save Your Life
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 2.3" Height: 1.2" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Sep 30, 2006
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 1591454700 ISBN13 9781591454700
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More About Dick Tibbits & Steve Halliday
Dr. Dick Tibbits has worked in the field of behavioral and spiritual health for over 30 years. He has a doctoral degree in psychology, is a licensed prefesional mental health counselor and an ordained minister with 10 years of pastoral ministry experience. He currently serves as Chief People Officer at Florida Hospital. He is also a sought-after speaker by Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, the National Women's Health Association and other on the topic of spirituality and health.
Dick Tibbits currently resides in the state of Florida.
Reviews - What do customers think about Forgive to Live: How Forgiveness Can Save Your Life?
A Life Changing Book Dec 26, 2007
I have used this book as a tool for teaching, counseling, and life coaching, and I can attest to the wisdom that Dr Tibbits brings to our understanding of forgiveness. A special quality of this book is that it is spiritual without being sectarian. I am also especially grateful for Dr Tibbits' expanding our understanding of what forgiveness is: a process of the reframing the past. I highly recommend this book.
Learning what forgiveness is Oct 2, 2006
This book has helped me tremendously! After ending a 3 year relationship, I was at odds with how to move on. This book gave me some great tips as well as teaching me the importance of forgiving, so that I can benefit. The best thing the book explains is why forgiveness doesn't equal forget. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is dealing with a breakup or relationship issues.
Very useful and not a bad read Sep 3, 2006
There's a lot to like about this book. It's a quick read with a strong message you can't miss. By learning about the 3 levels of forgiveness and the steps to achieving them you'll be able to get rid of your grievance story (which the author claims everyone has) that is holding you back most in life. There are even some health benefits like lowering blood pressure and stress levels.
The thing I liked about it was the author didn't just say, "Hey, you need to forgive people" - True, I learned that as a kid. But he gives the specific steps he used to teach the group that went through his clinical study how to forgive.
The author gives 10 Principles of Forgiveness. Here are the first five:
1. Accept that life is not fair and that others may play by a different set of rules than you do.
2. Stop blaming others for your circumstances.
3. Understand that you cannot change the person who hurt you; you can only change yourself.
4. Acknowledge the anger and hurt that some unpleasant or even harmful even is causing you.
5. Reframe your story of hurt--your "grievance story"--by placing the hurtful events in a broader context than your current point of view.
There are five more principles, but you get the idea.
The new clinical research the author did for the book seems to have paid off. The steps he suggests can be a painful (you have to review things that make you angry), but the results are powerful. Overall, it's probably one of the most useful books on forgiveness around. Other good reads on the topic are Lewis Smedes book called "Forgive & Forget" and Redford Williams book called "Anger Kills". But the clinical study behind this book makes it stand out.
Finally, if you're thinking of buying this book you might like to know that the author gives some exercises / activities at the end of each chapter. Some are better than others. I liked the Anger Test from chapter 3 and the Grievance Story Toxicity assessment from chapter 5. The author even gives an amusing parable about forgiveness at the beginning of the book called "Drop the Rock".
One more thing, there's a discussion guide in the back of the book. For each chapter there are 8-10 questions that could be used to get people talking about the things covered in the chapter. Probably a useful tool if you run a support group or some other kind of small group.