The Gift of Forgiveness: Inspiring Stories from Those Who Have Overcome the Unforgivable

The Gift of Forgiveness: Inspiring Stories from Those Who Have Overcome the Unforgivable

A fresh, inspiring book on learning how to forgive--with firsthand stories from those who have learned to let go of resentment and find peace

"When we learn to embrace forgiveness, it opens us up to healing, hope, and a new world of possibility." --Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt

Written with grace and understanding and based on more than twenty in-depth interviews and stories as well as personal reflections from Schwarzenegger Pratt herself, The Gift of Forgiveness is about one of the most difficult challenges in life--learning to forgive. Here, Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt shows us what we can learn from those who have struggled with forgiveness, some still struggling, and others who have been able to forgive what might seem truly unforgivable. The book features experiences from those well-known and unknown, including Elizabeth Smart, who learned to forgive her captors; Sue Klebold, whose son, Dylan, was one of the Columbine shooters, learning empathy and how to forgive herself; Chris Williams, who forgave the drunken teenager who killed his wife and child; and of course Schwarzenegger Pratt's own challenges and path to forgiveness in her own life. All provide different journeys to forgiveness and the process--sometimes slow and thorny, sometimes almost instantaneous--by which they learned to forgive and let go.

The Gift of Forgiveness is a perfect blend of personal insights, powerful quotations, and hard-won wisdom for those seeking a way to live with greater acceptance, grace, and peace.

Title:The Gift of Forgiveness: Inspiring Stories from Those Who Have Overcome the Unforgivable
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781984878250
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    The Gift of Forgiveness: Inspiring Stories from Those Who Have Overcome the Unforgivable Reviews

  • Danielle

    This was a super archetypal white woman book, and I guess I shouldn't have expected anything else. Pretty much all of the stories are already publicly known or have been previously published, and are ...

  • Marianne

    Meh. It wasn't horrible, but the premise was a lot more interesting than the execution.It read like an 8th grader's personal essay - the author inserted herself into the picture a lot more than I felt...

  • Brooke ? brooklynnnnereads

    As much as I have enjoyed Katherine's writing in the past, I was surprised by how much of an impact this book had on me while reading. This is a really wise and helpful book on forgiveness that would ...

  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt speaks with twenty-two people to talk about the power of forgiveness in their lives. All of the people to whom she speaks have suffered extreme violence, pain, devastati...

  • Laura

    This is not a one size fits all approach to forgiveness and moving forward. All the stories are real, relatable, inspiring and very moving. This is the type of book you want to savor, then pass on....

  • Anna

    It really bums me out to give such a low rating. I genuinely wanted to like the book, but I just couldn’t get there. It read like a book report, “What I Learned About Forgiveness;” complete with...

  • Lee Woodruff

    Most of us probably have an inconsistent relationship with the capacity to forgive. For many, it can be a life-long process. The grace that comes with forgiveness is lovingly detailed in Schwarzenegge...

  • Candice

    The stories are some of the most known from the news but the twist of forgiveness within them is inspiring. Katherine does a good job of highlighting different ways to forgive and that it comes in man...

  • Steve

    I won this book in a giveaway.The personal stories of forgiveness in this book are pretty incredible and inspiring. I would have liked to have seen more commentary from the author with some suggestion...

  • Mandi Spillar

    I enjoyed several of the emotional stories of forgiveness the author presented. Three stories really moved me: Ron Hall, Immaculee and Adel...wow! I think forgiveness is very personal and this book mi...