Book Review: Forgive & Forget

Edge Induced Cohesion

Forgive & Forget:  Healing The Hurts We Don’t Deserve, by Lewis B. Smedes

Right from the beginning, this author makes it clear that he knows his reading audience:  “Somebody hurt you, maybe yesterday, maybe a lifetime ago, and you cannot forget it.  You did not deserve the hurt.  It went deep, deep enough to lodge itself in your memory.  And it keeps on hurting you now (xi).”  And, truth be told, this is an author who knows his audience, as this is one book (and a fairly early example, coming from 1984) in a fairly popular genre [1].  This is a book that knows its place within the larger context of the works on the subject, and an author that speaks about forgiveness from the best point of view to have, of someone who has struggled to forgive others, and someone who knows deeply what it is like to be…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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