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To forgive is human : how to put your past in the past
McCullough, Michael E.
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Downers Grove, Ill. : InterVarsity Press, [1997]

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240 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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BF637.F67 M33 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Forgiving can be one of the hardest things you'll ever do. Perhaps you sense deep down that it will be good for you and others to put the past in the past. But sometimes no matter what you do, you just can't seem to forgive and get on with life. You still feel hurt, bitter and angry.How can you break the cycle? Grounding their analysis and advice in the latest psychological research, the authors of To Forgive Is Human reveal how you can forgive and begin to repair broken relationships. Inside you'll discoverwhy, when you forgive, it sometimes doesn't lastwhat you can learn about forgiveness from the latest brain researchwhy you can't forgive by forgettingwhy simply deciding to forgive often doesn't do the trickhow memory research can help you actually change your memorieswhat it means to forgive yourselfhow to balance justice and mercyhow children can learn to forgivehow you can gain empathy for those who have hurt youLife is messy. Relationships are messy. And forgiveness is messy. But with this complete book on forgiveness, you can learn how to move ahead positively and constructively in ways you may never have thought possible.To err may be human, but so is to forgive.

Author Notes

He is professor and chair of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is executive director of A Campaign for Forgiveness Research, which in collaboration with the John Templeton Foundation, has raised funding for more than 35 research projects studying forgiveness. He is an active leader in secular and Christian counseling fields, and has appeared on CNN, as well as God Morning America, and other national shows. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

1 Forgiveness & You
2 Forgiveness & the Moral Sense
3 Forgiveness & Rational Thought
4 Forgiveness & Rational Thought: Limitations
5 Forgiveness & Your Response to Hurts
6 Forgiveness & Transformation
7 Forgiveness, the Brain & the Mind
8 Forgiveness & Your Memory
9 Forgiveness & Motivations
10 Forgiveness & Stories
11 Forgiveness & Self-Condemnation
12 Forgiveness & Your Own Hurtful Actions
13 Forgiveness & Its Consequences for You
14 Forgiveness & the Family
15 Forgiveness & the Healing of Communitiess