Choosing Forgiveness: Your Journey To Freedom
by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
available at Amazon.com
"Choosing Forgiveness" is a book encouraging forgiveness written from a Christian Perspective. I wasn't aware of that last part when I picked up the book from the library. Christian ideology is the dominant theme of the book in my mind, and therefore makes it a very difficult read if you are not Christian. While I appreciate the role of forgiveness in Christianity and believe there is a lot of wisdom to be found in the Bible, I thought it was too much for me in this book.
In terms of information on forgiveness, the bulk of the book is dedicated to convincing the reader that they should, as the title suggests, choose to forgive people that have wronged them. This is done largely through short stories of people that have experienced terrible suffering and chosen to forgive the people responsible, and the description of the positive effects resulting from that decision. The stories are indeed touching and emotional. There is also some material describing what forgiveness is and isn't.
To me, the most interesting discussion points in the book are: 1) forgiving someone does not necessarily mean you will feel better; 2) we don't and shouldn't necessarily forget when we forgive; and 3) forgiveness does not have to be a process, and if it is it is one that should actually be finished. I found myself wishing that there had been more and more detailed information on these types of topics rather than some of the other material.
I do not think this book is worth the read for most people. I don't think the advice in the book is bad, but there are many books available on this topic. If you are a Christian and you are looking for help with forgiveness relating to a specific problem/relationship, then perhaps this is an okay choice assuming you haven't heard of anything better.