Forgiveness: Perspectives on Making Peace with Your Past

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When hurts run deep, we may forgive with clenched teeth and a long memory. Because we often need to be forgiven, we need to freely forgive. It's not only the right thing to do, but also it's the healthy thing to do. If old wounds are interfering with your life and your relationships, consider Dr. Phil's catchphrase: "How's that working for you?" It's time to do something different. "Like many of you, Ive been dealt a few cards I do not think I deserved," writes Wilson. "In response, I used to think forgiving and forgetting meant I had to act like I had never been wronged. The writers in this collection tell me otherwise. Forgiving, they say, does not require pretending you were never hurt. It does mean, however, that youll need to make peace with your past to embrace the future." Learn how to genuinely free yourself from resentments and get on with your life through gentle guiding words from Henri Nouwen, Flora Slosson Wuellner, Marjorie Thompson and others. Should all hurts or offenses be forgiven? Is forgiveness the same as being nice? What do I do if someone refuses to forgive me? These and other issues are covered in this insightful healing book. If forgiveness doesn't come easily, take heart: with practice, you'll learn how to let go and move on.

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Amy Lyles Wilson received a bachelor's degree in English from Millsaps College and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Mississippi. She also holds a master's in theological studies from Vanderbilt University Divinity School. In 2003, she served as the Patrick Henry Writing Fellow at the Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana. A columnist for Her Nashville magazine, her essay "The Guts to Keep Going" appears in "This I Believe II: More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women." She is an affiliate of Amherst Writers and Artists.

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