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Forgiveness: A Time to Love & A Time to Hate Hardcover – March 2, 2011
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I would recommend this book to anyone in academia and to anyone in the public who wants to take a deeper look at the subject.
I have been through alot in life and recently there have been a couple of people who although intellectually I realize I need to forgive, have been having a hard time doing so. After alot of work, and experiencing my anger, as the people who are studied here did, I've been able to forgive and let go. Hearing of the horrible atrocities being committed and the person being able to find peace amongst the pain has helped me in my process. As we walk this road in life, the most important thing to do is love, and I love those who have hurt me and find compassion for them even if I do not have them actively in my life now. What a freedom and a blessing! And it truly is for me, not them. This is a study in a worldwide healing-but helped me with my personal path.
I realize this review is about me, but I think everyone who sees this will become more self reflective and understand their own suffering through the suffering of others. How lucky we are to have this gift of ourselves reflected. Recently. I recently saw a pic of one of those challenging people-she is very unhealthy looking-gained way too.much weight and all I felt was what a sad person...just sad. All it would take for her healing would be to make amends to the people she hurt, most likely.
In any case, forgiveness is a road we all in some way need to walk for our own health and vitality. He who forgives is divine, or something like that~as soon as I personally let go of the pain of the hurt, I felt empowered, and light. But it was certainly a process to get there, not something that just happens magically, as you can see.
The film just bogs down with Terri (some writer from Yale) who had a harrowing story with a guy who almost killed her. you can hear in terri's story that she almost relishes in it. She tells her story like talking about a fine wine. It's disturbing - not because of what he did, but her total obsession with it. Like it gave her an identity.
Terri just bogs the story down with a lack of understanding of what Forgiveness really is. She tells us towards the end of her long tale, that "forgiveness stagnated" her and caused her not to move forward with her life... but Terri NEVER forgave him. She claimed that in her apathy it was "like forgiving him" - but that' a crock. You don't absentmindedly forgive. Forgiveness isn't something that happens subconsciously. That was apathy that she experienced. Forgiveness requires will power. It requires strength. Terri said she went into a state of apathy with her life after the attack. She fell to fear and apathy - which is understandable...Read more ›