Item description for Choosing Forgiveness: Your Journey to Freedom by Nancy DeMoss...
It's time to get your life back. Perhaps you still remember the moment - the time of day, the look in the other person's eye when you were hurt, when your hopes and dreams were damaged by someone you trusted. And since then your life has been put on hold, sabotaged by harbored resentment, dreams of revenge, or perhaps indifference and numbness. Or it may be just the "stuff" of every day life and relationships that has left you with a knot in your stomach and a dull ache in your heart. There are no magic words or secret formulas for forgiveness. But there are biblical principles that can help you break free from bitterness and pain. In Choosing Forgiveness, celebrated teacher Nancy Leigh DeMoss delves into God's Word to uncover the promises and expose the myths of forgiveness. Discover specific strategies for putting God's grace and mercy into practice, forgiving others as God has forgiven you. No one says it will be easy. But it could save your life. Break free. Choose forgiveness.
For more than 25 years, Nancy Leigh DeMoss has communicated her burden for both personal and corporate revival in conferences and retreats throughout North America and abroad. Nancy is author of A Place of Quiet Rest, Lies Women Believe, Walking in the Truth, Brokenness, Surrender, Holiness, and she co-authored Seeking Him, an interactive Bible study on revival. She is also the general editor of Biblical Womanhood in the Home. Since 1980, Nancy has served on the staff of Life Action Ministries, a revival ministry based in Niles, Michigan. Nancy is the host and teacher for Revive Our Hearts and Seeking Him, two nationally syndicated radio programs, heard each weekday on nearly 1,000 radio station outlets.
Publishers Description It's time to get your life back. Perhaps you still remember the moment - the time of day, the look in the other person's eye when you were hurt, when your hopes and dreams were damaged by someone you trusted. And since then your life has been put on hold, sabotaged by harbored resentment, dreams of revenge, or perhaps indifference and numbness. Or it may be just the "stuff" of every day life and relationships that has left you with a knot in your stomach and a dull ache in your heart. There are no magic words or secret formulas for forgiveness. But there are biblical principles that can help you break free from bitterness and pain. In "Choosing Forgiveness," celebrated teacher Nancy Leigh DeMoss delves into God's Word to uncover the promises and expose the myths of forgiveness. Discover specific strategies for putting God's grace and mercy into practice, forgiving others as God has forgiven you. No one says it will be easy. But it could save your life. Break free. Choose forgiveness.
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Format: Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
Studio: Oasis Audio
Running Time: 300.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 4.98" Width: 5.7" Height: 1" Weight: 0.42 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2006
Publisher OASIS AUDIO #514
ISBN 1598591681 ISBN13 9781598591682
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More About Nancy DeMoss
Nancy Leigh DeMoss is the host and teacher for Revive Our Hearts, a radio program for women heard daily on more than five hundred outlets in the USA.
Nancy Leigh DeMoss grew up in a family deeply committed to Christ and to the mission of world evangelization. At an early age, she surrendered her life to Christ and to His call to fulltime service.
Nancy graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in piano performance and went on to serve as the Primary Children’s Ministries Director in a large local church. Since 1980, she has served on the staff of Life Action Ministries, a revival ministry based in Buchanan, Michigan. Until 2001, she served as the Director of Women's Ministries and as the editor of Spirit of Revival magazine.
Nancy has touched millions of women's lives through Revive Our Hearts (an outreach of Life Action Ministries) and the True Woman Movement, calling them to heart revival and biblical womanhood. Her love for the Word and the Lord Jesus are infectious, and permeate her online outreaches, conference messages, books, and two daily nationally syndicated radio programs—Revive Our Hearts and Seeking Him with Nancy Leigh DeMoss.
She has authored seventeen books, including Lies Women Believe, A Place of Quiet Rest, and Seeking Him. More than 2,300,000 copies have been sold, and they continue to transform women’s hearts and lives.
SPANISH BIO: Nancy Leigh DeMoss es la anfitriona y maestra del programa Aviva nuestro corazon, que se transmite en ingles por mas de 500 emisoras de radio en los Estados Unidos. Es tambien la autora del libro de mas venta, Mentiras que las mujeres creen, y muchos mas publicados por Editorial Portavoz.
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Every Human Needs to Read This Book Sep 4, 2008
This is a copy of my review at my blog: Femmedelettres.blogspot.com:
I just finished reading the most amazing book: Choosing Forgiveness, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. It took me the entire month of August (interspersed with other books of course), as I wanted to ponder and absorb its truths. I borrowed it from my local library, but this is one of those books I must own, and read at least once a year. (I actually started listening to it as an audio book, which was gripping, but when the CD's skipped, I decided I just had to grab the book.)
Honestly, I don't know what drew me to the book, except Divine Providence. I never thought I needed a book on forgiveness. I don't exaggerate when I say I have been through numerous traumatic things in my life, pain wrought mostly by the cruel hands of others... but I thought I had forgiven my perpetrators. I do believe I had outwardly forgiven them, but in some ways I was still punishing those people, or holding them as emotional hostages, or even pridefully snubbing them. If they even noticed my sinful backlash toward them, they probably thought it was PMS-induced and went on their merry way. But, I was the one suffering inside.
One senses that DeMoss cares for her reader, which is why she risks telling us the truth. She maintains that everyone, even devout Christians, foster unforgiveness in their hearts to some degree, and she gently demonstrates this in her writing. She discusses the ways we subtly choose unforgiveness, the ramifications (even physical ones) of living in unforgiveness, and how we can choose, yes, choose to forgive those who have hurt or are hurting us (while drawing the distinction between forgiving someone and holding them accountable for their sin). She also discusses a sometimes neglected issue: self-forgiveness.
The part about vengeance really hit me: Romans 12 tells us that "`Vengeance is mine. I will repay,' says the Lord." "Forgiveness releases the accused from your custody and turns him over to God... the one and only One who is both able and responsible for meting out justice." (p. 198) Not having to take vengeance saves me much headache and stress. When I can just trust my heavenly father to take care of me, and to take care the 'bad guys' for me, then I can get on with my business of serving Him and helping others (she does remind us that "the memory of past hurts can provide a platform for ministry to other hurting people" p. 173). But, while I must trust God to take vengeance, I am not allowed to hide my head in the sand: She stresses, "God does not want you to run away from your pain but to run to Him in the midst of your pain--to fly head-on into the full fury of it, to face it, to let Him meet you right where it hurts and give you the grace to be set free from any bondage to that hurt" (p.128). Wow!
The paragraph that really transformed my notion of suffering's purpose was this: "If you're a child of God, the ordeal you're undergoing, however wrong or unfair or heartless it may be or may have been, in His providence and skillful hands will be used to take you somewhere good--deeper into His heart, to a place of greater dependence and trust, more perfectly refined into the likeness of Christ" (P. 107, emphasis mine) Isn't this what we all long for? What if I embrace my suffering as a gift from God, instead of hiding from it, or engaging in bloody battle against it?
There are many practical and surprising insights in this book. Much of it is contrary to the way I've believed and behaved--which certainly has not been working. But, all of it is solidly based on scripture. The subtitle, Your Journey to Freedom, hints at the outcome of following DeMoss' advice: first, it is a journey, not a quick fix (hence why I must read it again); and second, it will bring freedom if you allow the Lord to use this book to reveal to you and heal you of your own unforgiveness.
Turning the Other Cheek Jun 6, 2008
There's nothing harder to do than to forgive someone who hurt your inner feelings and then acts as if it had been their right to do so. Asking for forgiveness isn't easy, either. It has to work both ways, with equal footing, not one is guilty and the other innocent. It was a mutual discretion and overreacting on the part of the female. We women are good at that, holding grudges and feeling we don't need to give forgiveness when overtures are made by those persons we love. The main thing to remember is that no one owns another. In the movie, 'Smart People,' all the worn-out professor had to say is "I'm sorry. For whatever it was, I am sorry and I love you."
In today's world, you can observe brazen, openly sinful sights everywhere and no one seems to care. They are jaded and don't want to recall the hurtful words or things the other person caused. To the one who had to take the abuse, it is easier to go on and find someone else to love. Let the other stew in his predicament which he brought on himself. Today's t.v. programs have gone too far with the vulgar way to teach their children to act; example, "The Family Guy." It seems impossible, especially on the Fox network, to find a place uncontaminated by images of evil from a violent, polluted world. Not always can we say to ourselves, "I Can Let Go."
It takes a forgiving heart to mend the hurt one caused his loved one. From childhood on we should have been taught to be loving and forgiving to all. But when you grow up without a mother (taken away by God with that foul thing caled cancer), who is there to teach young girls, "It is better to forgive and continue to love the one who was sartastic and carelessly said things he did not mean." It is a valuable life lesson to learn even in later life that God is forgiving, and so we are all children in his image and He is our guide by doing these things so we can learn to avoid the wrong roads.
God still loves the sinner in spite of his bad behavior. Amends can take the place of resentment. Things will never be the same but it is healthful to know that God's blessings come in all sizes and at his own time; some come to us in a quiet way. It is important not to forget to thank God for those blessings. It matters not how small or how large, no matter how simple or how miraculous. Those blessings show us that God is always near and always caring for us. It is hard for a woman to understand the passion her anger and mean act had aroused. Now it is her time and duty to specify why and how she acted the way she did.
Choosing Forgiveness Feb 3, 2008
Choosing Forgiveness: Your Journey to Freedom This book truly brought clarity to my heart and has been a blessing. If you're serious about forgiving others this book really helps to give understanding in the journey of forgiving.
Forgiveness is always an option Jul 26, 2007
Who do you need to forgive in your life? What resentment do you continue to harbor? What walls have you put up so as not to be hurt again? Nancy Leigh DeMoss invites us to take an honest look at our lives and make the decision to forgive those who have hurt us.
DeMoss doesn't resort to simple solutions. She knows that the pain that readers may have experienced run deep. There are situations of physical and sexual abuse. There are times when loved ones have been hurt deeply or have even been taken away through murder. No, forgiveness is not easy. Nevertheless, it is what God calls us to do.
Withholding forgiveness hurts not only the person we hold in bondage but ourselves as well. "Though it may feel right, though it may seem justified, though it may appear to be the only option available to us . . . The very weapon we use to inflict pain on our offender becomes a sword turned on ourselves, doing far more damage to us - and to those who love me - than to those who have hurt us."
In addition, many have difficulty accepting God's forgiveness. "When we refuse to forgive, something is blocked in our relationship with the Father. [There is] a clear connection between our willingness to extend forgiveness to others, and our ability to appropriate and experience His forgiveness for our own sins."
DeMoss also addresses the need we feel to "make people pay." We may feel that by forgiving people, we are not holding them accountable. We are "letting them off the hook." This is not the case. "According to God's Word, wrongdoers will get their just due." Romans 12 tells us that " `Vengeance is mine. I will repay,' says the Lord." "Forgiveness releases the accused from your custody and turns him over to God . . . the one and only One who is both able and responsible for meting out justice."
DeMoss has penned a thought-provoking and insightful book. All of us can use the reminder to forgive, and the encouragement to work through the pain of our past, to wipe the slate clean. She makes the case that forgiveness is a decision, much more than a feeling. She invites us to reconsider what it means to forgive and most importantly, she calls us to forgive.
Choosing Forgiveness Feb 8, 2007
This book is awesome. Why waste our life on being bitter. God knew before we were born what we would go through and with his help we can forgive anyone of anything. It is life changing, I have bought several copies and the book on CD to share with friends. You will never be the same if you read it and apply it to you life. We don't always have control over what happens in our lives but we do have control over our our reaction to those events. I can not stress enough how wonderful it feels to forgive,the book tells you how.