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Getting Rid of the Gorilla: Confessions on the Struggle to Forgive Paperback – March 3, 2008
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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well right on the mark: - forgiveness. forgiveness. forgiveness. i just haven't gotten there yet. i guess it is the mentor step. well, thanks claudette this is a great thing.Published on March 19, 2011 by Norman S. Stickney III
This book is good personal account of someone dealing with forgiveness, but in my opinion not always based on Scripture.Published on May 31, 2009 by K. Stone