Year 9, Book 26

26. Forgiveness: A Lenten Study by Marjorie J. Thompson

If you removed the words A Lenten Study from the title of this book I would recommend it wholeheartedly to any Christian who is interested in the topic of forgiveness. The book itself is actually great. It is broken down into six chapters and covers the following topics:

Is forgiveness a Christian duty under all circumstances?

Or are there situations when Christians do not need to forgive?

Is forgiveness a matter between individuals, or is it meaningful only in the context of communities?

Is forgiving the best route to healing for the injured?

How do we get past emotional barriers to real forgiveness?

I thought it was well-written and did a great job addressing the topic from a Biblical perspective while drawing in present day examples. My one issue of it that I’ve already alluded to is the idea of it being a Lenten study. When I look for Lenten studies I want something that will last me for the duration of Lent. This is a short little book and unless you really want to ruminate over the discussions for weeks at a time it will not last you that long. I read it over the first week of Lent, a chapter a day, and that was about right for me. I picked up another study to read over the duration of Lent instead. I would ignore the Lent part of the title and read this if you are looking for a good book on the topic of forgiveness. I give it a 7 out of 10.

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