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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press; 2nd Printing edition (April 17, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578564646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578564644
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeffress, pastor of a Baptist megachurch in Wichita Falls, Tex., approaches the familiar subject of forgiveness from a new angle. He stresses that the reason "many people find it difficult to forgive is that they don't understand what true forgiveness is and what it isn't." Jeffress notes that sin is ultimately an offense against God, and that it is hard for those who haven't experienced forgiveness to grant forgiveness to others. He compares God's forgiveness to people's forgiveness of others and gives detailed steps for the reader to know when and how to both seek and grant forgiveness. Forgiveness, according to Jeffress, is more for the victim than the offender, to prevent the festering of bitterness in the heart of the person wronged. Jeffress explores various possible responses from all parties involved, discussing forgiveness as it is related to forgetting (it is not the same as forgetting, he emphasizes), consequences, repentance and reconciliation. This engaging, accessible book is written in an easy style and supplemented with numerous anecdotes. Jeffress has taken what some would deem a touchy topic and made it palatable, offering a concrete process for extending--and receiving--forgiveness. (Apr.)
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"Like the skilled surgeon of the Scriptures that he is, Robert Jeffress lays bare the cancerous tumor of unforgiveness and walks his reader through the confusing and sometimes thorny path to peace."
-Howard G. Hendricks, Distinguished professor and chairman, Center for Christian Leadership, Dallas Theological Seminary

"Anger, hurt feelings, and even betrayal can emotionally and spiritually tie us in knots. Robert Jeffress shows us biblically and practically how to 'untie the knots.' If you've struggled with forgiving others, or even God, this is your book."
-John Trent, PhD, author and speaker; President, Encouraging Words and StrongFamilies.com

"Dr. Jeffress makes sense out of giving forgiveness when it sometimes seems so senseless. With each page of this book, he opens the door to healing and grace."
-Lew Parrott III, PhD, Seattle Pacific University; Author of The Control Freak

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Excellent for someone who is struggling with a forgiveness issue.
Lilli E. Revere
This is a must read for everyone, especially pastors, counselors, and people-helpers.
Brian Eby, LPC, LMFT, NCC, SWA,DABFC
Get this book for someone you love who is hurting (maybe you!).
David Sinclair, Ph.D.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By David Sinclair, Ph.D. on May 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My office is just a stone's throw from Columbine High, where my daughter will be a cheerleader next year. We've had a lot of pain in our community. I've read lots of books and we've had lots of advice on how to forgive. This book provides solid answers to the questions that we've all been asking. It really stands out from the pack. It's not full of psychological pap. (We've had our fill of that, quite frankly). Jeffress' has an uncanny ability to apply the Bible's ancient wisdom to modern realities. Even before Columbine, like most of us, I had felt the pain of betrayal--and struggled with how to get over it. This book showed me how to rise above it. I recommend it as very accessible, knowing counsel for those struggling with hurt of any kind. It is a balanced, realistic look at what the Bible teaches on the most relevant subject imaginable. The chapter on "Forgiving God" is worth the price of the book all by itself. That's a concept I have found no where else. Get this book for someone you love who is hurting (maybe you!). You'll be glad you did. I checked Jeffress' other books, too, and he seems to have a real gift for motivating his readers on the path of successful living that pleases God.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Brian Eby, LPC, LMFT, NCC, SWA,DABFC on April 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be incredibly helpful in addressing the forgiveness issue. As a professional counselor, I believe that forgiveness is the central issue for healing and productive living. Jeffress addresses forgiveness in a biblical and straightforward manner.This book is unique in that Jeffress raises the question that all honest strugglers face, "Where is God and does He care?" Jeffress also reveals his pastors heart by providing real life illustrations in a clear, easy to read manner. This book will challenge your presuppositions about forgiveness and strenghthen your faith in God. This is a must read for everyone, especially pastors, counselors, and people-helpers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Randy on December 4, 2012
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I have read several books about forgiveness. This book is the best I have ever read. Author Jeffress walks you through all the reasons why you shouldn't forgive (what YOU think) and then makes it clear that what YOU think is wrong. I have loaned several of these books to people that are going through divorce. I never get them back!!!!

If you are struggling with anger, bitterness, and resentment you are suffering the affects of unforgiveness. Until you make the decision to forgive and free yourself from the control of others you will not have great relationships.

A must read for those that counsel others toward forgiveness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By uarew on September 20, 2011
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This book was recommended to me by my Pastor in Virginia, even though I moved back to the DelMarVa Peninsula the year before.

I loaned my paperback copy to a fellow Christian that was having personal problems. I never got the book back and told my friend to keep it. I ordered a used copy on Amazon.com and got the hardback version at a great price. If you have problems in your life, this book is a good read. It may not solve what is ailing you, but it will give you a new perspective to look at your situation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maureen M. Mustard-walby on September 26, 2009
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Robert Jeffress does an excellent job in presenting a concise and understandable approach to exploring the dilemma people face with the act of forgiveness. The book is well-written, organized and divided into segments that deal with problems, solutions and resolutions. He provides interesting anecdotes that clearly explain his points. The books provides a study guide that assists in using the information for Bible study, sermon notes and general review of the topic. Jeffress's writing style creates interest and information for the reader and provides much needed insight into the topic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eugene on November 1, 2013
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I really enjoyed Pastor Jeffress' book on forgiveness. I read it on recommendation by one of the church leaders in response to an issue I brought up with respect to the pastor's view on forgiveness and repentance. Although I am not persuaded to embrace Pastor Jeffress' belief that the Bible teaches unconditional forgiveness (i.e. forgiveness without repentance), I feel that he takes an ingenious approach. Here's my response:

I found myself agreeing with just about every point, except perhaps the chapter on forgiveness and repentance. I can appreciate his quite ingenious approach of differentiating giving forgiveness from receiving forgiveness as an argument in support of unconditional forgiveness; however, I felt he made some assumptions from certain biblical passages. For example, he seems to assume that not giving forgiveness implies remaining bitter toward someone. Also, while he admits that a number of passages present the condition of repentance for forgiveness, he says that these passages do not exclude forgiveness without repentance. This sounds reasonable at first, but the same could be said for passages that speak of God's forgiveness in salvation? There is hardly a passage that specifically says that God will forgive if and only if we repent. Would Pastor Jeffress then say that God unconditionally gives forgiveness to all? But then, how can we explain a passage like John 3:36, "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them."

Is not giving/receiving forgiveness then a difference without a practical distinction? Without both the giving and receiving, can forgiveness really have any affect. It is as if Jesus died for nothing if those whom He died for does not repent to receive the benefits.
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