Every Christian will profit from reading and applying this book. I felt that it got better and better as I went. Because so much of marital counseling involves bitterness and forgiveness, it would be especially helpful to go through the book with counselees. In Unpacking Forgiveness, Chris Brauns eschews the easy answers and looks to the Bible to provide God''s wisdom on how and when we are to forgive. It was well worth the read.
Fundamentally, it is something that happens between two parties. Brauns' uses everyday stories of lives changed through true repentance and Biblical forgiveness to illustrate the power of releasing others from sinful debts owed. . From the opening quiz you know his approach is different, and you will likely find your questions both asked and answered by this powerfully practical book. Yet, we also have to be on our guard. As someone who struggles to find the answers to what the Bible says about forgiveness, I have found this book to be invaluable.
Now, add to that list. From the opening quiz you know his approach is different, and you will likely find your questions both asked and answered by this powerfully practical book. Because it deals biblically with a subject of universal importance, any reader can benefit from reading Unpacking Forgiveness. Now Christopher Brauns has done a magnificent job in helping us understand the true nature of biblical forgiveness. Here is the table of contents for : Introduction: The Forgiveness Quiz 1.
The wounds are too deep for us to find healing on our own, and the questions are too complex to be unraveled by anything but the wisdom of God. Unpacking Forgiveness not only challenges popular, therapeutic notions of forgiveness, but it also supplies practical, step-by-step instructions for those who aren't sure how to begin. Chris is the author of Unpacking Forgiveness: Biblical Answers for Complex Questions and Deep Wounds. Overlooking an offense is appropriate in some instances, but forgiveness is different, and withholding it when a person refuses to repent is not wrong. However, Chris is not a New Testament Christian, so some error is to be expected.
Easy to read and very clear. While I'm a little biased, I totally agree about Crossway. This is no lab-report issued from a research cell in a high tower somewhere above the city, where some brainiac theoretician bloodlessly relays his findings, and leaves the rabble to work out the details. I especially appreciated his emphasis on coming back to the character of God and learning to delight in him as the only way forward when we have been deeply hurt. But I'm not going to love them, and they better watch it in the future. It helped me sort out the question of forgiveness more than any other book has done for me, especially the notion of what forgiveness is and that it must be, by its very nature, conditional.
Should I Just Get Over It? This book is a God send; an easy read even for an average Joe like me. There are lots of examples and principles laid out clearly. Brauns writes from the standpoint of a faithful, wise, experienced, and caring pastor who has seen the heartbreak of an unforgiving spirit at work in the lives of people, but also the power of grace in the hearts of Christians who have learned to forgive and be forgiven. My wish is that this book would have been written many years ago, so many dear believers would have been spared the pain and disappointment of a modern psychological forgiveness that does not restore relationships or heal deep wounds. All interpersonal relationships and our relationship with God an be helped by reading this book. Actually, they showed love to the other victims.
And I am appalled and frightened by this feel-good doctrine of automatic forgiveness. He provides the general definition for human forgiveness: A commitment by the offended to pardon graciously the repentant from moral liability and to be reconciled to that person, although not all consequences are necessarily eliminated p. How to Begin Unpacking 2. Unpacking Forgiveness: Biblical Answers for Complex Questions and Deep Wounds is an engaging, convicting but emphatically encouraging treatment of this hugely important and sometimes mindbogglingly challenging part of life. I recommend that you do just that. Every Christian will profit from reading and applying this book.
Ben is a graduate of Freed-Hardeman University and has written three books in his You Are A Theologian Series: Thinking Right about the Bible, Thinking Right about God, and Thinking Right about Salvation. I hold that above all things these matters are what should radically show Christ's love in a world that holds grudges and lacks forgiveness. As a Christ-follower, I know exactly how to respond to those who have hurt me, and each action response sets me free. It could change your life. How Can I Stop Thinking about It? He'll set up a nightmarish situation, then turn from it to the Biblical teachings, and then return to the outcome of the scenario. Ideas discussed include— seeing forgiveness as a commitment not a feeling , understanding that biblical forgiveness always seeks reconciliation even if it can't always attain it and that although forgiveness should be graciously offered to all, offenders need to respond with repentance.
This is what pointed out in a Wall Street Journal article. The wounds are too deep for us to find healing on our own, and the questions are too complex to be unraveled by anything but the wisdom of God. Radical individualism is undermining the corporate solidarity that gave rise to our national success. Forgiveness remains a distant dream for many people precisely because they don''t know what it means, where to begin or what to expect. Does God only forgive us it we work at full restitution? Brauns' position is not what I'd call the popular evanjellybeanical stance.
The truth is, pastors and counselors disagree profoundly on this subject. His humor and liveliness, with a striking story-telling gift, disarmingly navigate beyond the popular ''therapeutic model'' into a deeper understanding of biblical forgiveness. Though they may all agree, there is value in listening to more than one. He defines God's forgiveness as follows: A commitment by the one true God to pardon graciously those who repent and believe so that they are reconciled to him, although this commitment does not eliminate all consequences. Lewis thirty years it will probably take some time for most of us. Brauns offers wise counsel, steeped in the Bible.