Monday, April 6, 2015

Forgiving Our Mother's and Father's: A Book Review

About The Book:

“If our families are to flourish, we will need to learn and practice ways of forgiving those who have had the greatest impact upon us: our mothers and fathers.”
Do you struggle with the deep pain of a broken relationship with a parent?
Leslie Leyland Fields and Dr. Jill Hubbard invite you to walk with them as they explore the following questions:
  • What does the Bible say about forgiveness? Why must we forgive at all?
  • How do we honor those who act dishonorably toward us, especially when those people are as influential as our parents? * Can we ever break free from the “sins of our fathers”?
What does forgiveness look like in the lives of real parents and children? Does forgiveness mean I have to let an estranged parent back into my life? Is it possible to forgive a parent who has passed away?
Through the authors’ own compelling personal stories combined with a fresh look at the Scriptures, Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers illustrates and instructs in the practice of authentic forgiveness, leading you away from hate and hurt toward healing, hope, and freedom.
About The Author:
Leslie Leyland Fieldsis an award-winning author of eight books, a contributing editor for Christianity Today,a national speaker, a popular radio guest, and a sometimes commercial fisherwoman, working with her husband and 6 children in commercial fishing on Kodiak Island, Alaska where she has lived for 36 years.
Dr. Jill Hubbard is a clinical psychologist and regular co-host on Christian radio's nationally-syndicated New Life Liveprogram. Dr. Jill has gained a reputation for her gentle and insightful style of connecting with radio callers. She is also in private practice where she sees clients who struggle with depression, addictions, eating disorders, and relational and personal growth issues. Dr. Jill lives with her family in southern California.
My Review:
Forgiveness. While a simple word, the act of forgiveness is not a simple process. In fact, it is one of the most difficult processes a person can go through in their life. Over the span of my life I have had to forgive on many occasions and yet, with each situation, the process was so different. In some instances, the relationship recovered (and improved), in other instances, the relationships had to be distanced and ultimately, ended. In all the situations, even at the hardest moments, I grew from them. That is what forgiveness is all about. Growing from the pain, and heading to healing and hope. That is what the authors of Forgiving Our Mothers and Fathers want us to remember. 
The book was really well written and organized. I loved that the authors were raw and honest in telling parts of their life journey's. I loved that each chapter had questions at the end for both personal and small group reflection purposes. 
If you are in a place in your life where you need to forgive someone, but do not know where to begin, then please think about getting a hold of this book. It will encourage you, challenge you and help you to go from hurt to hope through the power of forgiveness.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Forgiving Our Mothers and Fathers online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local Christian book retailer. 
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Thomas Nelson and the BookSneeze Blogger Program, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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