Many forgiveness books that target a general audience are too simplistic. They encourage forgiveness so broadly that they diminish the justice of God and the integrity of grace. This is what Dennis Prager pointed out in a Wall Street Journal article. Prager wrote:
Though I am a Jew, I believe that a vibrant Christianity is essential if America’s moral decline is to be reversed. And despite theological differences, Christianity and Judaism have served as the bedrock of American civilization. And I am appalled and frightened by this feel-good doctrine of automatic forgiveness.
Unpacking Forgiveness presents the beauty of God’s grace and the necessity of forgiveness. But, it also teaches that it must take place in a way that is consistent with justice. We must move beyond a “feel-good doctrine of automatic forgiveness.”
This book consider many practical questions such as:
- What if I can’t or won’t forgive?
- How can I stop thinking about an offense?
- What if Christians cannot agree?
The Forgiveness Quiz is a great way to consider central questions to the topic.
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