Forgiving and Reconciling
Book Description All of us have suffered painful emotional and relational hurts. God calls us to forgive those who have hurt us, but that's often easier said than done. We don't usually know how to forgive others, nor are we...
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Book Description All of us have suffered painful emotional and relational hurts. God calls us to forgive those who have hurt us, but that's often easier said than done. We don't usually know how to forgive others, nor are we always sure if we have truly forgiven them. Worthington's expertise comes not only from years of scientific research but also from the experience of the brutal murder of his own mother. His convictions were put to the test as he worked through his conflicting emotions and rage toward the murderer. He found that the principles of Christian forgiveness enabled him to forgive even his mother's killer.^Table of ContentsPreface to the Revised EditionAcknowledgmentsPart 1: Why We Forgive1. Why Forgive?2. Unforgiveness, Justice and Forgiveness3. The Christian Foundation of ForgivingPart 2: How to REACH Forgiveness4. R: Recall the Hurt5. E: Empathize6. A: Altruistic Gift of Forgiveness7. C: Commit Publicly to Forgive8. H: Hold onto ForgivenessPart 3: How to Reconcile9. Decisions10. Discussion11. Detoxification12. DevotionNotes
Psychologist and counselor Everett Worthington, the leading Christian researcher on forgiveness, says that forgiving is a gift we give to others. When we offer forgiveness to others as an altruistic gift, it is more effective than when we forgive only for our own benefit in an effort to "get over" the hurt. True forgiveness is accomplished through a careful process of understanding both the offense and the offender, and taking active steps to forgiveness. In this insightful and practical book, Worthington provides a clinically proven stategy and a wealth of resources for moving toward forgiveness.
Everett L. Worthington Jr. (Ph.D., University of Missouri) is professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. A licensed clinical psychologist, he works with VCU's counseling program and with VCU's social psychology and developmental psychology programs. He is the director of VCU's Marital Assessment, Therapy and Enrichment Center (MATE) and served as executive director of A Campaign for Forgiveness Research.
He has published more than 200 articles and papers on forgiveness, marriage and family, psychotherapy and virtue in a wide variety of journals and magazines. He was the founding editor of Marriage and Family: A Christian Journal and sits on the editorial boards of several professional journals. He has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, The 700 Club and in many national newspapers.
He is the author of more than twenty books including Handbook of Forgiveness; Hope-Focused Marriage Counselling; and Forgiving and Reconciling. Most recently he has produced A Just Forgiveness: Responsible Healing Without Excusing Injustice.
- Preface To The Revised Edition
- <strong>part 1: Why We Forgive</strong>
- 1. Why Forgive?
- 2. Unforgiveness, Justice And Forgiveness
- 3. The Christian Foundation Of Forgiving
- <strong>part 2: How To Reach Forgiveness</strong>
- 4. R: Recall The Hurt
- 5. E: Empathize
- 6. A: Altruistic Gift Of Forgiveness
- 7. C: Commit Publicly To Forgive
- 8. H. Hold Onto Forgiveness
- <strong>part 3: How To Reconcile</strong>
- 9. Decisions
- 10. Discussion
- 11. Detoxification
- 12. Devotion
- Subject Index
- Scripture Index