For all of us who have been wounded by another and struggled to understand and move beyond our feelings of hurt and anger, Lewis Smedes’s classic book on. Smedes gives us pointers on how to do it. I’ll be happy if this summary whets your appetite to read the whole book. Forward: “If we wait to forgive people until. In Forgive and Forget, Lewis B. Smedes show you how to move form hurting and hating to healing and reconciliation. With the lessons of forgiveness, you can.

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He does, however, provide a compassionate map of the normal processes we experience on the journey toward forgiveness.

Forgive and Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve

The first part of the book talks about the four stages of forgiveness hurting, forgeh, healing, and reconciliation and some nice things that forgiveness is not. May 07, Leila rated it really liked it. Seriously, I wrote many quotes down simply because of the words Lewis Smedes would use. Using many dramatic examples drawn from life, this practical book builds upon these three stages to present a realistic path of healing and the road to peace and freedom.

Forgive and Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve – Lewis B. Smedes – Google Books

Many resources on forgiveness set forth an ethic that seems unrealistic, almost Herculean. For those tired of the “steps” process i. It was very well written; the author certainly can paint a picture with words, which made it a fairly easy read. His 15 books, including the popular Forgive and Forgetcovered some important issues including sexuality and forgiveness.


To stay angry at a person changes us and wastes energy.

Forgive and Forget – Lewis B. Smedes – Google Books

He is the award-winning author of fifteen books, including “Forgive and Forget”. A little too much repetition with the examples used.

He was a professor of theology and ethics for twenty-five years at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Fotget. The book’s title is a little misleading, insofar as the author does not advocate forgetting in the sense of simply putting it out of mind.

Sep 15, Xiomara rated it it was amazing. And it keeps on forgvie you now xi. It did a really good job of defining “what” forgiveness is and what types of acts the author believes to be needing of forgiveness, but the “how” is obviously easier said than done and more ambivalent.

In Forgive and Forget, Lewis B. Excellent book and another favorite from This Reader. Forgiveness and reconciliation are by no means easy matters, but this is a good book to encourage people to go through the process, as difficult and awkward as it is for all of us.

Aug 31, Bill Braun rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jan 11, Randy rated it liked it.

The primary theme I got from this short, easy to read book was that NOT forgiving can eat away at our souls, fundamentally changing us. We are all beginners Practical advice in digestible nuggets. One of my favorite quotes Aug 04, Carole rated it liked it. He even has a chapter entitled ‘ Monsters ‘, so it is a book that does not sugar coat the evils and awful things people do and say to one another, including children. It just means we have chosen to put the past behind us and move on.


Harper CollinsApr 12, – Religion – pages. This is a 3 star book in my opinion. Smedes Snippet view – The author gives some good examples of hard life experiences and admits openly the slow, difficult path to forgiveness of others as well as ourselves.

I now believe this to be true – to forgive is to gain freedom while not negating the depth of hurt or giving the offender a free pass per se. When he was two-months-old, his father died in the partially completed house he built in Muskegon, Michigan.

I like how we wish those who hurt us well, is a sign that we already forgave them or in our way to. In a word, yes. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Dec 23, Hope rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s just not spelled out. I found this one most helpful for its way of describing the hurts we experience and offering clear and practical ways of understanding that hurt. Refresh and try again. I needed to forgive myself for a couple of wrongdoings that I did, and after reading this book I believe I am now better and closer to forgive myself than I was before.

All the king’s armies could not have forced you to do it. Jan 23, Nathan Albright rated it it was amazing Shelves: