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From Forgiven to Forgiving: Learning to Forgive One Another God's Way (Adams)

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What do the following statements about forgiveness have in common?

  • Forgiveness is obtained through apologizing.
  • The best thing you can do is "forgive and forget".
  • You aren't forgiven until you feel forgiven.
  • Even if someone hasn't asked for forgiveness, you can still forgive them.

These statements all represent popular misconceptions about true biblical forgiveness. Because forgiveness plays such a major role in our relationships with other people, it's critical to have a clear idea of God's plan for forgiving and being forgiven. Distortions in His plan can lead to twisted thinking and further pain for those struggling with forgiveness issues.

In this book, Dr. Jay Adams carefully explores all dimensions of the process of forgiveness. He can help you understand biblical forgiveness from beginning to end, and apply that understanding to everyday situations ranging from forgiving your straying spouse or prodigal child - and being forgiven by them as well.

If you have experienced the incredible power of God's forgiveness in your life, read this book and see how forgiveness' power can change your life as you relate to others.


Table of Contents: 

  1. What if Forgiveness?
  2. What Does This Mean to You?
  3. Forgiveness is Conditional
  4. Forgiveness alter Forgiveness
  5. When You Are the Offender
  6. Other Errors Concerning Forgiveness
  7. Forgiveness Isn’t All
  8. What About Unbelievers?
  9. Keeping the Promise
  10. For Whose Sake?
  11. Repentance, Confession, & Forgiveness
  12. Forgiveness at Work
  13. The Church as a Forgiving Community
  14. Obstacles to Forgiveness
  15. Dangerous Shortcuts, Ploys, & Evasions
  16. Forgiveness: Horizontal & Vertical
  17. The Power of Forgiveness
  18. Final Forgiveness
  19. Continuing Consequences
  20. Guilt, Love, Joy, & Forgiveness 



Jay E. Adams (PhD, University of Missouri) is known for his many books on counseling and frequent appearances at conferences on Christian living and counseling issues. He served for many years on the faculties of Westminster Theological Seminary and Westminster Seminary in California. He is currently the dean of the Institute for Nouthetic Studies, a distance-learning institution that provides international training in biblical counseling.