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The Power of Forgiveness

4.4 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews

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To forgive somone can be simple. But this simple act can have powerul consequences - and may lead to a personal and spiritual transformation. Recently, the study of forgiveness has come into its own.
Researchers are examining the psychological and physical effects of forgiveness under an amazingly wide variety of conditions, ranging from petty insults to sexual assault to 9/11. Clinicians now help guide people to forgive transgressions and get on with their lives. From Ground Zero to Northern Ireland to the Amish countryside, THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS explores this important concept, and reveals how forgiveness can transform your life.

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A healing message. --Chirstian Science Monitor

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  • Actors: Elie Weisel, Thich Nhat Hanh, Thomas Moore
  • Directors: Martin Doblmeier
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YVB2NO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,532 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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What does it mean to forgive someone? How do you go about forgiving? Does it mean that we forgo justice? Is forgiving simply a spiritual experience between an individual and God or does it play out on many different levels? These and other questions are addressed in this look at forgiveness by filmmaker Martin Doblmeier (Bonhoeffer). It looks at real life examples of forgiveness such as the Amish in the wake of the killing of five Amish schoolgirls that ripped their community. It shows the speech Elie Weisel made to the German Bundestadt challenging them to ask forgiveness of the Jewish people and then two months later, the speech made to the Israeli Knesset by the President of Germany asking forgiveness on behalf of Germany. It looks at forgiveness on many different levels including the physical level and how forgiveness (or lack of it) affects us physically and shows examples of forgiveness being taught in elementary schools as well as being offered in colleges. It shows three women who lost loved ones in 9/11 who travel to Lebanon to experience the Garden of Forgiveness established by the Lebanese and wonder why there is so much opposition to establishing a Garden of Forgiveness on the WTC site. While many might want to limit forgiveness to a theological discussion (and it certainly is a major if not THE major theological doctrine), this film shows the power of forgiveness beyond just the theological implications and how our world could be different if forgiveness were taken seriously and practiced by everyone. At the very least, this should be a wonderful conversation starter for those serious about studying forgiveness.Read more ›
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A film everyone should see - the interviews are timely and relevant, the stories compelling...it's a transformative film, if you're open to its message of forgiveness. And if you're not open to it, this will help you become open.
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I can't believe I didn't review this before. This was really useful for our forgiveness study group. One segment at a time, we discussed the immediate and far-reaching implications. We were a group of six, the "forgiveness team" resulting from a seven-week study I had led at Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church in Chaska, MN. For that study we had used Wilma Derksen's little (and very effective) Bible-based study guide. We plan to use this DVD as the core of a one-day forgiveness workshop sometime in the Spring. Each segment is powerful in demonstrating one of the many facets of forgiveness. From my point of view, this DVD has the advantage of not being Bible-based and useful, therefore, for a much broader audience.
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Consisting of several stories, this film explores human struggle to overcome various kinds of bad experiences, and to find peace of the soul through forgiveness. I recommend this film to everyone who looks for possibilities of reconciliation with the past in some way.
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Great subject matter and concept and I do hope more like it continue to come forth. However, I was hoping for more, more depth, more focus, more heartfelt. The cover is misleading, the experts are minimal in thier input. It was worth watching and a very important lesson in life for those of us that live with fear and resentment.
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I used this DVD to stimulate discussion and thinking on forgiveness in a group of college students. It is excellent, bringing in various perspectives on the issue and powerful examples to explore. I highly recommend it.
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This DVD is an excellent documentary about its title, THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS. There are interviews and comments from such notable intellectuals as Elie Wiesel and Thich Nhat Hanh. It is a moving story, as well, about the effects of forgiveness on both the person offering forgiveness as well as the person receiving it. Unforgiveness poisons individuals, groups, and even countries against one another. It is such an apt topic for our times, for all times. In the future, I hope that Amazon will offer more documentaries of this caliber that relate to spiritual issues. After watching it several times, I ordered two copies because I knew that I would be continually lending one out to a friend.
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This was a very thought-provoking look at what it really means to forgive grave injustices. I watched it several times, once by myself and once with a friend at which time we kept pausing it to discuss the content. I have since given my copy away to the local Woman's Shelter because I believed they could use it for the work that they do. Hopefully it continues to do good there. An excellent item definitely worth the time to watch. Great for work in a group. Highly recommend.
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