I just finished “Choosing Forgiveness- Your Journey to Freedom” by Nancy Leigh DeMoss a few weeks ago, and as usual, her writing was encouraging, helpful, and convicting.
This book came recommended to me by several friends, and when I picked it up to begin reading, I didn’t necessarily think I had a lot of things to forgive. However, since I loved the other books I had read by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, I went ahead and started this one.
As I read through the chapters, I realized that there were things in the back of my mind—-events from my life, and people I had not forgiven. This actually came as a bit of a shock to me, because I don’t think of myself as the type to hold a grudge against someone. And it wasn’t just one thing for me.
I had multiple people, and multiple offenses that I needed to release to God.
These people, and the offenses I needed to move past, would come up in quiet moments, and sometimes I would re-live the hurt or anxiousness that I went through during a certain time in my life. This book made me realize that those specific things were popping up over and over again because I hadn’t chosen to forgive them. I found that it was instances where I felt like someone should have come back and apologized, but they didn’t. The hurt feelings had no closure, and it was like I was just waiting for forever, somehow thinking that someday the person might realize how I felt and come back to talk about it with me.
When I released those people from the obligation to come back and make things right, and took responsibility for the root of bitterness that had come up in my life from the unforgiveness in my heart, it was incredibly freeing.
I realized that I had been wasting time and energy thinking about past wrongs, and letting them steal my joy.
How eye-opening to realize that I had unintentionally grown bitter towards people in my past, as well as people in my life currently!
The only reason I share this, is to say that this book is an excellent read for anyone, even if you don’t think you struggle with unforgiveness. Life is full of hurts, small and big– it just comes with living life. If you read “Choosing Forgiveness” you will…
1. Be able to pinpoint a couple areas in your life where you need to forgive.
2. Be better at forgiving more quickly in the future.
3. Possibly help someone else who is struggling with unforgiveness by passing the book onto them.
If you are interested in reading this book, and would like a copy of it shipped to your door for FREE, comment below and let me know. (Also make sure you are subscribed to the blog by entering your email address in the sidebar and clicking confirm in the email you receive in your inbox.) In a week I will draw TWO people’s names from the comments, and ship a copy of “Choosing Forgiveness” to them.
I am giving away TWO copies of this book instead of just one because it really is that good!! And I’m actually not giving away my own copy of it like usual, because this is a rare exception of a book that I will definitely be reading a second time. If you win, I will ship your book directly from Amazon.
Read my post “Why I’m giving away my library.” to learn more about my once-read book giveaways. 🙂
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