The word forgive is not, as many people think, one dimensional. It does not just mean let go and let God, a challenge for anyone who has experienced traumatizing abuse, injustice, neglect, or abandonment. In The Unburdened Heart, Suzanne Eller explores with readers the multiple facets of forgiveness found in the Scriptures, focusing in particular on the idea of leaving one place to go to another. Anyone can, with the help of God's Spirit, leave pain to find wholeness, leave regret to find purpose, and leave the past to live fully in the present. The Unburdened Heart uses the power of story along with biblical teaching to lead readers into healing and a forgiving lifestyle.
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You've heard of the metaphor "the elephant in the middle of the room?" The issues we don't want to talk about, the behaviors, choices or family secrets we're hoping will just fly away? Those elephants can suffocate us.
But there's one kind of elephant in the room that's most dangerous. The kind that doesn't stay in the room. It's always around because it's sitting on your heart.
This elephant's name? It rhymes with resentment. Some people call it bitterness. But we'll just call him Fred.
Fred's the one that is crushing the joy right out of us and our relationships. And there's only ONE way to send Fred packing: FORGIVENESS. Not just forgiveness as a single act, but as a lifestyle change, replacing bad relational and emotional habits with good ones.
Which is why I'm so excited about this book from Suzie Eller. This is 200 pages of sage, straightforward wisdom wrapped in girlfriend gentleness and grace from a woman who knows what it's like to...
This book shows that forgiveness is an attitude of the heart, and by forgiving we are making the choice to show grace and mercy to others as God has shown to us! We are all sinners, and offense may be taken too quickly, so the author points out it is wise to choose your battles carefully and most importantly, work on not taking offense easily by what others say and do to you. As long as you know your identity and value in Christ, it is easier to forgive others and overlook slights. The author does point out that forgiveness does not mean that you have to accept hurtful and abusive behavior; you can love and forgive someone but refuse to subject yourself to their abuse. My favorite part of the book was when the author found out someone was gossiping about her, she asked her concerned friend if the gossip could affect her marriage or children and was told no, so the author told her she didn't care to hear what was being said or who was saying it. Her friend was shocked, but the author...
This is the book I have been waiting for! The absolute BEST book on Forgiveness ever written. Many books on this subject just say: just forgive, or let it go, but for someone that truly needs to understand fully exactly how to go about forgiving, this is the book.
She gives many examples and then shows the reader, Step by Step, how to apply them. Without the examples and steps on application, I get lost in so many books on forgiveness.
This one is so complete, so thorough, after reading it on my kindle, I went and bought the paperback at my local Christian bookstore so I could make tabs and notes on a paper version!
She is a brilliant and gifted writer - not only was the book as described, it was thought provoking, engaging, lively, positive, and just beautifully done! When I finished, I finally, completely and totally understand what I am to do, and more importantly, HOW to do it!
I loved everything about this book!
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