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Art of Forgiving: When You Need to Forgive and Don't Know How [Paperback]

By Lewis B. Smedes (Author)
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Item description for Art of Forgiving: When You Need to Forgive and Don't Know How by Lewis B. Smedes...

Reveals how the weight of old wrongs threatens our happiness and well-being, offers a three-step program of forgiveness, and explains how faith can help us find the strength to forgive others

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"Lewis Smedes writes about forgiveness like no one has ever written about it before. There is no better book in the English language about this subject, which, if properly mastered, can change the face of human relationships."  
--Neil Clark Warren              

Author of The Triumphant Marriage and Make Anger Your Ally

If you are ready to make peace with those who have hurt or betrayed you, there can be no finer road map than this thoroughly practical book. Lewis Smedes brings true forgiveness, "Gods own gift," within the capacity of every wounded person, even in circumstances when only hate seems possible. With inspiring words, he leads you through the three stages of forgiveness and helps you understand:

Why we forgive (often the person who benefits most is the forgiver)
What we do when we forgive (perhaps not what we expect)
Whom we forgive (only those who directly wrong us)
How we forgive (we start by owning our pain)  

Using many dramatic examples drawn from life, this wise author illuminates, step by step, the healing path to peace and freedom.  

"Altogether a wonderfully wise and enabling book, one of Smedes's very best. The Art of Forgiving is itself a work of art. Throughout my reading I found myself exclaiming, 'That never occurred to me, but yes, that's right!' I felt as if I were being led by an extraordinarily lucid and perceptive guide on a tour through the land of forgiveness."    
--Nicholas Woltersdorff  
Professor of Philosophical Theology  
The Divinity School, Yale University

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Ballantine Books
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 12, 1997
Publisher   Ballantine Books
ISBN  034541344X  
ISBN13  9780345413444  

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More About Lewis B. Smedes

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lewis B. Smedes, former professor of theology and ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary, is the author of many books, including "The Art of Forgiving" and "The Good Life."

Lewis B. Smedes was born in 1921 and died in 2002.

Lewis B. Smedes has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Studies in Dogmatics
  2. What God Expects from Ordinary People

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expect giant rewards from this book  Mar 2, 2007
This book will save you unnecessary agony if you are committed to a life of forgiveness and freedom from the past, which is work enough as it is. Expect giant rewards from living by Smedes' insights.
Think you "can't" forgive?  Feb 15, 2007
The problem likely lies in your understanding of what forgiveness is... and what it is not. One thing it is not, is saying what happened was okay, that nothing happened that shouldn't have happened, that the person who generated the painful experience isn't responsible for their choices and behaviors. Forgiveness does not involve "forgetting"... it does involve clearly seeing what happened, the impact it has had on you, and taking the opportunity to make different decisons about the impact you will permit it to continue to have in the future.

Lewis Smedes clarifies what forgiveness REALLY is. You have the right to choose to not forgive, to hold onto hatred. You have the right to continue to choose to be miserable. But if you want to be free, if want to move away from the pain once and for all, you must choose to forgive... and Lewis Smedes shows how to do that effectively. There is no magic here, other than the reality that you don't HAVE to stay stuck in anger and pain. It won't necessarily happen overnight... but it can happen if you are willing.
Right in line with my thinking....  Jul 7, 2006
This book was given to me by a friend who knew I really enjoyed books of this nature. One line that I've always said to my friends is something this book expounds on in depth: Forgiveness isn't a gift you give to another person. It's something you do inside of yourself and for yourself. A very positive look on the subject of forgiveness, and learning to let go of revenge and embracing justice instead... I recommend it for anyone who is having issues with letting go of a wrong perceived or otherwise that they feel has been done to them.
the art of forgiving  Aug 9, 2005
This has to be the best book written on the subject. It makes you realize that forgivness is the only way to heal pain and hurt. You are not letting the other person off the hook, you are saying that you understand that they are only human and capable of error. The forgivness is on your part only, you do not even have to tell the person who hurt you that you forgive them, it cleanses your soul.
A Masterpiece!  Apr 23, 2004
For people who have been wronged and struggle with negative, consuming emotions, this title is the one to read. Smedes describes in great detail what it means to forgive, and that the benefit is not to the one forgiven, but to the one forgiving. His words here are like a long, cool drink of water to a soul parched from hatred, bitterness and animosity. There is great healing power in forgiveness, and Smedes harnesses that power in this book as few other authors have done.

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