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on April 11, 2011
If this book is not life-changing to someone who reads it, it should be!

I have to admit to beginning the book with some trepidation. I lean conservative and evangelical, and I was sure that this book was going to be liberal and oriented on tolerating or accepting evil. It wasn't. Nor was it standard conservative, evangelical fare. Of the two groups, I think it might sting the conservative, evangelical a bit more (or maybe I just feel that way because I'm part of that group and felt some of the stings!), but it has plenty of stings for all sides, although they are delivered with love and fairness.

This book is Christianity without the labels. It is for Christians--right, left, or something else.

The author does spend most of his time on unconditional forgiveness, because that is what we need to hear! However, I disagree with those who have said that he doesn't spend enough time on justice and consequences. He makes it very clear that forgiveness does not equate to reconciliation. Reconciliation requires repentance. One doesn't go back into the house with the spouse beater until he or she has changed. But, you can forgive. In fact, you must if you want to follow Christ.

I liked this book so much, that I plan to take my kids back through it as a Bible study. It is that eye-opening.

I highly recommend it.
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on April 7, 2011
If Christianity is about anything, it is about forgiveness; not forgiveness as merely an end in itself or a legal means of escaping punishment, but forgiveness as reconciliation and total restoration, according to Brian Zahnd in this book. The troubled relationship between God and humanity is restored by forgiveness, and forgiveness alone has the capacity to achieve peace and reconciliation within human relationships.

Forgiveness is something which is easier to talk about than to do. Forgiveness is easy when the wrong is small and the cost is low, but much more difficult when the harm caused by the wrong is great. Nonetheless, as the author discusses in Chapter 3, if followers of Christ are called to imitate Christ, then surely this extends to the way he forgave those who did wrong to him, even as on the cross he forgave those who were crucifying him.

How should Christians respond to the perpetrators of the Holocaust? How should Christians respond to the perpetrators of terrorism today? These are inherently political questions, but many of the things which Jesus said present us with political challenges. The author discusses the tension between forgiveness and justice, how forgiveness can kill hostility, and how forgiveness can transcend tragedy.

The book comes as a timely and uncomfortable challenge to the prevailing mindset of evangelical Christians. I found thoroughly convincing the author's argument that the forgiveness brought through Christ's death on the cross for our sins is central to Christianity, and the life of every follower of Jesus should therefore be characterised by forgiveness of others. I highly recommend this book to anyone open-minded enough to have their attitudes challenged.
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on October 4, 2016
Forgiveness is so important in our lives. This study audio book will help the a person to dive deeper into forgiveness
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on November 16, 2014
I haven't finished the book yet, however, it is a great read. To keep our focus on Jesus & what he asked us to do is always good advice. Forgiveness is not an easy thing. Nevertheless, evil will on beget evil. With true forgiveness we can change the world.
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on May 2, 2014
Here is a good hard look at what the bible teaches about forgiveness. A good read and I give it 5 stars.
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on May 17, 2013
I have just finished this book -- couldn't put it down once I started. This isn't a long review, because so many have said so much and so well. My excitement comes from the fact that I am a psychologist who has been writing and talking about forgiving as the healthiest, but extremely difficult, response to offenses one may suffer. Personally, I believe Jesus is the best counselor/therapist there ever was, inspired by the holy spirit that led him.

If there is a "but" in my response to the book, it's that the forgiveness Christ taught, lived, and died for is the solution not only for Christians, but for all. On the other hand, that "but" is the very thing that excites me, the rootedness in faith of the recognition that forgiveness doesn't just happen. It's a decision, and a hard one at that.

I am so happy to see the laic understanding of forgiveness validated in this very Christian presentation. Someone in a previous review mentioned "self-help" Truly, it is just that. A blessing that relies on hard faith work.
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on August 15, 2014
It had me crying and smiling and most of all meditating on the sermon on the Mount! Well written and thought provoking!
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on February 22, 2017
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on October 14, 2016
Very good, fast shipping
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on March 18, 2011
For 13 years now, I have been facilitating adult Bible study and for all of those years have found myself lacking in the understanding of the full impact of the cross until I read Pastor Zahnd's book. In every chapter, I found exactly the challenge I need to share with our Christian seekers and plan to make this book part of our continuing curriculum in the years ahead. This book is NOT pop culture theology, but firmly grounded in Scripture. Like finding the perfect golf swing, focusing on the message of forgiveness finally peals the onion of Grace to reveal the pearl for which we all will trade everything.
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