Forgiveness is the secret doorway to radical Christian love. Yet it presents one of the most difficult challenges we will ever face, one that raises many serious questions. How can a loving God allow terrible things to happen to good people? Doesn’t forgiving a bad act actually help foster evil? How do we tell the difference between a real hurt and a wounded ego? Why is it so hard to accept forgiveness for ourselves?
Using her own life story as a source of illustrations, Huston examines the intellectual, psychological, social, and spiritual meanings of forgiveness and offers specific guidance in regard to forgiving parents, spouses, and friends.
“This is a book of healing and restitution for those who need to accept forgiveness, and for those who need to give it. I highly recommend it.”
(Sr. Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking)
“A blend of confession, intellectual history, spiritual counsel, and exhortation, this book mixes personal essay with the history of a radical idea. Those who find contemporary writing on the Christian life cloying or patronizing will find Huston a welcome relief.”
(Image: The Journal of Arts and Religion, ImageUpdate)
“This is not a pious, sentimental discussion of forgiveness. Nor it is an account of personal forgiveness only. It expands to consider culture, society, theology and justice. Perhaps most difficult of all, the book requires and models rigorous selfexamination.”
(The Christian Century)
(Library Journal, starred review)
“Paula Huston has written a worthy addition to this genre in her new book, which describes her long struggle with coming to terms with forgiveness. She writes frankly of her own shortcomings–reminiscent of Henri Nouwen’s writing.”
(America: The National Catholic Weekly)