Journeys of Healing

Saturday, October 17, 2015

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One of the ways I have learned to heal was to read other stories of the struggle to forgive. Being exposed to what others have gone through has helped me to realize that if they can forgive and heal so can I. So here are a few books I have read...true stories of people doing the seemingly impossible...forgiving the unforgivable.

Letters from My Father's Murderer-This book has recently been released. Laurie begins to communicate through letters with the man that murdered her father. What she finds out about herself, her father, and the importance of forgiveness is compelling. I read this book in two days. Just couldn't put it down! I loved reading how she processed through the pain to come to healing.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption-Louis Zamperini's story of survival during World War II is unreal, but his journey towards forgiveness for the Japanese prison guard who abused him is inspiring. A must read.

Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy-A journey of grace in the midst of a terrible tragedy: a gunman kills Amish schoolgirls.

End of the Spear-The story of the five missionaries that went to a South American tribe to bring them the gospel. The tribesmen end up killing them, however, the families of the missionaries forgive and go back into the jungle to bring them to Christ. The story is written by Steve Saint, the son of Nate Saint, one of the missionaries.

The Devil in Pew Number Seven-You think you have relational angst with others at church? Then you need to read this book by Rebecca Nichols Alonzo. It will shock you, but more surprising will be the forgiveness you see Rebecca grant to the perpetrator.

More on the 31 Days of Hope and Healing series.

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