Struggling with forgiveness or looking to help a friend? Interested in growing as a person in the area of forgiveness through Self-Help books and reading? This list of the Best Books on Forgiveness on Amazon is just for you.
Forgiving Our Parents, Forgiving Ourselves: The Definitive Guide by David Stoop
This books is especially for anyone who has grown up in a dysfunctional family. The author will help you “develop a greater understanding of their family of origin, they will be able to take the essential step of forgiveness, releasing themselves from the chains of the past to live in freedom and wholeness.” See it here on Amazon.
Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy by Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt, David L. Weaver-Zercher
After the gruesome Pennsylvania Schoolhouse shooting, the world watched and wondered how a community could respond with such grace and forgiveness. This account “explores the many questions this story raises about the religious beliefs and habits that led the Amish to forgive so quickly. It looks at the ties between forgiveness and membership in a cloistered communal society and ask if Amish practices parallel or diverge from other religious and secular notions of forgiveness.” See it here on Amazon.
Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace by Miroslav Volf
“A fresh examination of two practices at the heart of the Christian faith – giving and forgiving – the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lenten study book for 2006 is at the same time an introduction to Christianity. Even more, it is a compelling invitation to Christian faith as a way of life.” See it here on Amazon.
Getting Rid of the Gorilla: Confessions on the Struggle to Forgive by Brian Jones
Here’s a personal and relatable guide to doing something very hard – finding forgiveness. “Brian Jones combines his storytelling gift with bold and compassionate honesty and an ever-present awareness of the love of God and the value of the struggle.” See it here on Amazon.
Putting Your Past in Its Place: Moving Forward in Freedom and Forgiveness by Steve Viars
Rather than focusing on suppressing the past or dwelling on the past, this book offers a unique perspective on forgiveness by “exploring the role of the past as God intended. Using Scripture to lead readers forward, Viars provides practical measures to understand the important place “the past” is given in Scripture, replace guilt and despair with forgiveness and hope, turn failures into stepping stones for growth.” See it here on Amazon.
Forgiveness is a Choice: A Step-by-Step Process for Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope by Robert D. Enright
If you’re more of a how-to or list person, this easy read will be right up your alley. It will be greatly beneficial for “people who have been deeply hurt by another and caught in a vortex of anger, depression, and resentment.” See it here on Amazon.
Forgive and Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve by Lewis B. Smedes
By breaking down the process of forgiveness into stages and including real stories and examples, Smedes shows us “that it is possible to heal our pain and find room in our hearts to forgive. This edition also comes with a reader’s guide and bonus material. See it here on Amazon.
The Art of Forgiving by Lewis B. Smedes
“If you are ready to make peace with those who have hurt or betrayed you, there can be no finer road map than this thoroughly practical book. Lewis Smedes brings true forgiveness, “Gods own gift,” within the capacity of every wounded person”. See it here on Amazon.
Total Forgiveness by R. T. Kendall
An important book on an important problem. Kendall “lovingly challenges believers to look within and root out those hidden and hardened places where subtle resentments and areas of un-forgiveness have been allowed to remain.” See it here on Amazon.
Getting Past Guilt: Embracing God’s Forgiveness by Joe Beam
Struggling with a nagging feeling of guilt before God? Previously published as Forgiven Forever, this updated version “gets right to the heart of the questions that steal the joy God intends for our lives:
Where does guilt come from? Why can’t I stop feeling guilty? Why can’t I believe God will forgive me?” See it here on Amazon.
The Road To Forgiveness: Hearts Shattered by Tragedy, Transformed by Love by Bill & Cindy Griffeths
Here’s a powerful testimony of parents who seek to find personal healing by forgiving the man who killed their dear ones. It’s compelling and life-changing. See it here on Amazon.
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