About the Book
Book: The Gift of Forgiveness
Author: Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt
Genre: Inspirational, Non-Fiction
Release Date: March 10, 2020
A fresh, inspiring book on learning how to forgive–with firsthand stories from those who have learned to let go of resentment and find peace.
Written with grace and understanding and based on more than twenty in-depth interviews and stories as well as personal reflections from Schwarzenegger Pratt herself, The Gift of Forgiveness is about one of the most difficult challenges in life–learning to forgive. Here, Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt shows us what we can learn from those who have struggled with forgiveness, some still struggling, and others who have been able to forgive what might seem truly unforgivable. The book features experiences from those well-known and unknown, including Elizabeth Smart, who learned to forgive her captors; Sue Klebold, whose son, Dylan, was one of the Columbine shooters, learning empathy and how to forgive herself; Chris Williams, who forgave the drunken teenager who killed his wife and child; and of course Schwarzenegger Pratt’s own challenges and path to forgiveness in her own life. All provide different journeys to forgiveness and the process–sometimes slow and thorny, sometimes almost instantaneous–by which they learned to forgive and let go.
The Gift of Forgiveness is a perfect blend of personal insights, powerful quotations, and hard-won wisdom for those seeking a way to live with greater acceptance, grace, and peace.
The Gift of Forgiveness by Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt is a wonderful collection of unique, personal, and inspirational forgiveness stories. Each person featured in this book retells their personal path to forgiveness illustrating that not all roads to forgiveness look the same. Forgiveness is NOT one-size-fits-all. We all come to forgiveness in our own times and in our own ways, but the goal is universal — to be freed from the pain, grief, anger, and trauma that this life can throw our way and that we often tend to hold inside. The gift of forgiveness is that once we do reach a place of forgiveness, we are released from pain and suffering and anger and resentment. Forgiveness equals freedom!
My favorite stories in this collection, and the ones I found most encouraging and inspirational, are those that recognize the importance of incorporating God into their forgiveness journeys. Reading this book was a blessing to me in many ways. I have learned a lot about myself through the reading of these honest, personal stories. The Gift of Forgiveness is a valuable read that I highly recommend. The lessons, the inspiration, and the opportunity for self-reflection contained within these pages should not be missed by anyone!
I purchased a copy of this novel in eBook form from Amazon.com on March 9, 2020, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.