For all of us who have been wounded by another and struggled to understand and move beyond our feelings of hurt and anger, Lewis Smedes’s classic book on. Smedes gives us pointers on how to do it. I’ll be happy if this summary whets your appetite to read the whole book. Forward: “If we wait to forgive people until. In Forgive and Forget, Lewis B. Smedes show you how to move form hurting and hating to healing and reconciliation. With the lessons of forgiveness, you can.

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Those desiring freedom from hurt. Holding hatred inside yourself is more harm for you than the person being hated! Lots of good stuff in this book. With a Fundamental Feeling.

The author gives some good examples of hard life experiences and admits openly the slow, difficult path to forgiveness of others as well as ourselves. The first time I feel it didnt help much because the wound was still fresh. And it was impossible to completely forgive a person who was no longer alive.

Forgive and Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve by Lewis B. Smedes

Right from the beginning, this author makes it forgett that he knows his reading audience: A little confused by the title, Forgive and Forget, because I am not sure that forgetting IS forgiving, but definitely some thought provoking material. This book’s insightfulness, helpfulness and engaging writing prompted me to purchase a copy so that Forgett can re-read various parts and highlight the many quotes and passages that struck me.

Jul 23, Lisa rated it liked it Shelves: Short readforgeh enjoyable. The author eloquently provided insightful comments as to how to go abou Masterfully written with a theological emphasis.


Most of us are amateurs, bungling duffers sometimes. Smedes really hits the heart of the matter. A small volume written in a readable style including practical examples of forgiveness.

Basically no hurt to the person and more like holding a fire of hell burning you from inside!

One of my favorite quotes Feb 18, CJ Burgan rated it it was ok. The book begins with a fable of the magic eyes, and closes with a brief conclusion called a postlude. Buy this book at Amazon.

Forgive and Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve

He was survived by his wife, three children, two grandchildren and one brother. This detail helps a person to have reasonable expectations about what he will be able to do when he forgives. In addition to This book provided an excellent look into the what and the why of forgiveness, but it was not quite so helpful when it came to the how. Mar 12, Bill rated it really liked it.

Best spiritual book I have ever read on the topic of forgiveness of terrible wrongs even evil done to us. Our bad feeling for hurting others should get us out of hating ourselves for what we did, because frogive we want to be tomorrow, should not be affected by what we already did in the past.

Forgive and Forget – Lewis B. Smedes – Google Books

This book provided an excellent look into the what and the why of forgiveness, but it was not quite so helpful when it came to the how. Clear, concise, and relatable. Dec 23, Hope rated it really liked it Shelves: Recommended by my pastor. I also now have a better grasp of the emotions involved in this whole business of forgiveness.


In addition to defining forgiveness, the book overviews the different types of offenses for which we must forgive people. A necessity on any forgiveness journey. It paved the way for me to truly forgive others, as God intends us to.

It’s just not spelled out. Forgive and Forget Lewis B. The first part of the book talks about the four stages of forgiveness hurting, hating, healing, and reconciliation and some nice things that forgiveness is not.

The author never forgets to remind the reader that we are ofrgive in the position of needing to be forgiven and needing also to forgive, pointing out to the reader that the Gospels consistently connect our forgiveness with our forgiving, something that ought to give all of us pause.

Mar 31, Amir rated it forgivve was amazing.

The three stages are:. Quotes from Forgive and Forge The section on Confusion mentioned having a disagreement with smdees that manifested itself over time and to a point that we no longer remembered what we were angry about.

A wealth of knowledge. The first work, Forgive and Forget is a recognized classic on the subject.

Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Now its been awhile and I can apply some of it. Only a free person can heal the memory of hurt and hate. The contents of this book are pretty comprehensive, especially for a book of about pages. No trivia or quizzes yet.