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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Standard Publishing (March 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0784721521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0784721520
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brian Jones is the founding pastor of Christ’s Church of the Valley, an innovative community of faith in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Brian is a graduate of Cincinnati Christian University and Princeton Theological Seminary and has served in church leadership positions for almost twenty years. His first book, Second Guessing God, was published by Standard Publishing. A gifted storyteller, Brian is a popular speaker at conferences and seminars. He and his wife, Lisa, are parents of three daughters.

More About the Author

Brian Jones is the Senior Pastor at Christ's Church of the Valley. Today more than 2,000 people call CCV their spiritual home.

Brian is a graduate of Cincinnati Christian University (B.A.) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div). For twenty-two years Brian has been married to "that cute little girl with the big brown eyes" he met in fifth grade church camp. Now he and his wife Lisa have three little girls of their own. You can find out more about Brian's writing at www.BrianJones.com, www.Facebook.com/BrianJonesBlog, and on Twitter @brianjonesblog.

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Brian has a second book I plan to read, plus apparently a new one on the way.
Brian O. Underhill
Getting Rid of the Gorilla explains the signs and results of an unforgiving heart, and the book ends by offering hope to all of us who have struggled with forgiveness.
Jon M. Stolpe
The study guide that goes along with the book is easy to use and promotes good discussion.
Michael A. Liby

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jon M. Stolpe on March 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
We all struggle with forgiveness. Failing to forgive can leave us feeling like there is a gorilla in the room following us around wherever we go. Brian's book is an excellent read for everyone. Brian uses the funny, raw, real stories of his past to explain his own struggles to forgive and to get rid of the gorilla in his own life. His stories along with clear biblical support provide important insight into why it is important to forgive and how we can move forward in the forgiveness process.

Getting Rid of the Gorilla explains the signs and results of an unforgiving heart, and the book ends by offering hope to all of us who have struggled with forgiveness. Once I picked up this book, I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this book.

Thank you, Brian Jones, for your willingness to peel away the surface of your life giving us a clear glimpse into the heart of man who has found hope, joy, and peace, through the pain and sufferings of the past.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian O. Underhill on August 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book was referred to me by a friend to help me deal with my own forgiveness issues. I hadn't heard of it or Brian Jones, but was totally blown away by the writing style and message. Contrary to another review here, it is quite based on Scripture, and does a great job of taking apart certain key passages and really showing how to apply it.

The writing style and humor are absolutely brilliant, I couldn't put it down. Brian has a second book I plan to read, plus apparently a new one on the way. I hope he makes writing a regular part of his ministry because he is very blessed as a writer and story teller.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bluegrass Lady on April 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
Brian Jones has done it again! Not only is he willing to share his struggles but he has a unique way of demonstrating how to overcome the grip of the gorilla! A must READ for those who continue to be caged in by the hairy beast to seek freedom in the Word.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michelle J. Johnston on August 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
Getting Rid of the Gorilla is a phenomenal read for anyone who struggles with forgiveness and the issues that emerge from an inability to let go of anger, pain, fear, and resentment. Jones discusses his own struggles and inability to forgive, its impact on others around him, and how it all affected his understanding of scripture and following God's will. His writing style is so candid and real that I found myself experiencing his struggles right along with him - I laughed, I cried, and finally found some comfort and peace in his words. I recommend this book to anyone who has suffered through divorce, painful childhoods, or other trauma that has left them hardened and angry and questioning God's will....you will realize quickly that you are not alone!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Rios on November 23, 2010
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Driving home one evening I heard an interview that piqued my interest. The man being interviewed was talking about forgiveness and the difficulties of personal forgiveness. He spoke about his own personal struggle with forgiveness after an episode with violent bullying when he was in middle school. He had been beaten and shamed by a gang of fellow students and the event scarred his soul, coloring the rest of his life. Learning how to forgive an episode such as that was the basis for the book he had written. The author's name is Brian Jones, and his book is called Getting Rid of the Gorilla: Confessions on the Struggle to Forgive (Standard Publishing, 2008).

A compelling premise combined with a catchy title prompted me to purchase a copy of the book, which I did, and then read while on vacation not long ago. As a pastor who must teach and example forgiveness on a continuous basis, this seemed like a great potential resource for my church. Perhaps Jones's story could help others who are struggling with forgiveness to learn this difficult challenge.

I was completely disappointed with the book.

Now, why am I writing about it? Why don't I just quietly recycle the book (as it deserves) and attempt to purge the memory of it with other, more helpful tomes? Because a few things--two in particular--about this book were so frustrating that I believe they warrant the following thoughts.

The first problem with Jones's book is that he fundamentally misdiagnoses the problem about which he is attempting to write. Jones's diagnosis is this: an unforgiving heart is like a gorilla in the room of our lives, and this central image is drawn from a visit Jones took to the zoo. There, an angered gorilla began strangely hurling gorilla droppings at Jones.
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