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In Forgiveness, acclaimed producer and director Helen Whitney covers a compelling range of stories from adultery and personal betrayal to reconciliation after genocide; the struggle of 1960s radicals to cope with the consequences of violent acts of protest; families fractured by abandonment; and the spontaneous demonstration of forgiveness following the shooting of Amish children at Nickel Mines. With sensitivity and insight, Whitney explores why the process and discussion of forgiveness seems to dominate our culture, and its power, its limitations, and in some instances, its dangers.

About the Author

Helen Whitney, author, is also a producer and director of documentaries. Her work has been nominated for an Academy Award and six Emmys. She has won three DuPont Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Peabody Award, and many others during her career as senior producer and director for ABC Television, PBS Frontline, and the PBS American Masters series.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: FastPencil Premiere (March 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160746649X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607466499
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,886,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In researching the academic and popular areas of the study of forgiveness there is a tendency to simplify forgiveness into a systematized several-step approach and the victim is pressured to forgive as a given expectation. This book is a must in the study of Forgiveness as it throws a curve in examining whether forgiveness might not actually be a bad thing at times, depending upon the situation. Having seen the DVD aired on PBS by the same title, and also avaiable on Amazon, I expected this book to be the sort of companion book that usually accompanies a film - one which just regurgitates the same information. It is not. Although you will find a deeper probing of all of the stories featured in the documentary, you will also find quite a bit of new information.

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.
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If you want a better summation of the plot, please look at the dvd review, it's a great one!

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.
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By K. Boddy on November 20, 2012
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As I search to find answers to the question of forgiveness, this book was a very helpful source. The stories are amazing.
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Excellent book! A must read!
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The film starts strong... but then I started to note a message in the film. The film has a message that total forgiveness is simply an ideal and not an actual possibility. Example: They talk about the Amish shooting, and how the Amish forgave... but then bring in person after person who just attacks that level of forgiveness. They also bring in a grief counselor who says "well it's been a couple years and the families still are grieving..." and the film's message is - that their level of forgiveness didn't help them. What the film glosses over is that when we forgive we still grieve. Forgiveness will lesson grief and allows one to transform by cutting the ties that bind the victim to the wrong doer. Until forgiveness is truly given - people will never get over a situation.

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...
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