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by L. William Countryman

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L. William Countryman
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978-0819217349
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0819217344
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MOREHOUSE PUBLISHING; 1 edition (March 1, 1998)
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In a world as fractious and broken as ours, this book is a much needed and welcome gift

Only 10 left in stock (more on the way). Only 6 left in stock (more on the way). In a world as fractious and broken as ours, this book is a much needed and welcome gift. When Countryman begins to unfold his text, one steps back with a deep sense of appreciation and admiration for how thoroughly comprehensive this little book is on this topic. This is a wonderful book.

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Title: Forgiven & Forgiving By: L. William Countryman Format: Paperback Vendor: Church Publishing Inc. Publication Date: 1998. Unlike most books on the subject, Forgiven and Forgiving is not about a step-by-step process. Rather, it is about conversion

Title: Forgiven & Forgiving By: L. Weight: 7 ounces ISBN: 0819217344 ISBN-13: 9780819217349 Stock No: WW9217344. Rather, it is about conversion. Once we truly understand the depths of God's love for us and know deep-down that we are forgiven, we begin to see the world anew through God's eyes. Only when we are able to accept God's forgiveness for ourselves can we offer forgiveness to others. In Forgiven and Forgiving, L. Wm Countryman explores forgiveness as conversion and as a way of seeing God's way.

Only the strong can forgive. God, who is strongest, forgives best," writes Dr. L. William Countryman in this fresh look at forgiveness. Rather, it is about conversion

Only the strong can forgive.

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What a blessing to have at hand William Countryman's book, which, by disentangling ordination from real ministry, does an extraordinary job of clarifying what we mean when we speak of the church, of religion, and of God. I wish every self-identified 'person of faith' could read this remarkable, thought-provoking book. God, who is strongest, forgives best, writes Dr.

Forgiven and Forgiving. L William Countryman. Book Format: Paperback. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12. by L. William Countryman. ISBN 9780819217349 (978-0-8192-1734-9) Softcover, MOREHOUSE PUBLISHING, 1998. Find signed collectible books: 'Forgiven and Forgiving'. Good news of Jesus: Reintroducing the gospel. Coauthors & Alternates. Louis William Countryman.

Forgiving and Forgiven. Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Publishing, 1998. Countryman manages to blend the three approaches mentioned above into a highly readable book which addresses forgiveness as both a spiritual and practical issue. The author offers four ways to cultivate forgiveness, each of which is designed to avoid the denial, re-victimization, simplistic platitudes, and guilt so typical of much of the older literature on Christian forgiveness.

"Only the strong can forgive. God, who is strongest, forgives best," writes Dr. L. William Countryman in this fresh look at forgiveness. Unlike most books on the subject, Forgiven and Forgiving is not about a step-by-step process. Rather, it is about conversion. Once we truly understand the depths of God's love for us and know deep-down that we are forgiven, we begin to see the world anew through God's eyes. Only when we are able to accept God's forgiveness for ourselves can we offer forgiveness to others. Biblically based with sound academic research, yet written in a conversational style, Forgiven and Forgiving offers valuable insights for clergy, laity, and church study groups. L. William Countryman is an Episcopal priest, professor of New Testament at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California, and the author of The Good News of Jesus, Biblical Authority or Biblical Tyranny?, Language of Ordination, and The Mystical Way in the Fourth Gospel: Crossing Over into God (Trinity Press International), and Living on the Border of the Holy: Renewing the Priesthood of All.
  • This is a Christian book primarily about how to forgive. However as long as someone is not hostile to Christianity, I think it would be helpful to non-Christians too.

    It is primarily for those who have been grievously wronged. And perhaps been wounded again, by well meaning people making light of what forgiveness really is.

    Among other well done topics in this book, is the 2nd chapter called "Forgiveness - Not Quite What You Thought". Countryman explains 4 common things that are mistaken for forgiveness:

    1. "One commonly share misconception is that forgiveness is a matter of making nice. The motto of this sort of forgiveness is 'They didn't really mean it.'"

    2. "Another mistaken notice of forgiveness is to make it a mode of denial, the forgiveness that takes as its motto: 'It wasn't really that important.'"

    3. "Another way we distort and misunderstand forgiveness is by making it a a form of emotional manipulation of ourselves or others. We think of it primarily as a feeling to be acquired by whatever means are necessary.... This is forgiveness as melodrama, a complicated competition for moral superiority based on who feels the right way and who doesn't.'"

    4. "Still another common misunderstanding of forgiveness treats forgiveness as a commodity. We purchase it by means of repentance - perhaps including penances that cost us dearly. This is the notice of forgiveness as second prize. First prize goes to those who do everything right the first time around. Second prize goes to those who repent really, really well.'"

    There is also a section titled "Forgiving Others for Our Own Sakes". It begins "What the matter comes down to, then, is that I need to forgive others for the sake of my own well-being. If I refuse to begin the process of forgiveness, I will find myself locked up in the pain of past wrongs. I'll no longer be shaped and determined primarily by the blessings and opportunities of my life, but by the harm someone else has done to me."

    Countryman does not shy away from tough issues, such as non-apologies, no apology, the absent offender, abusive situations, repeat offenders, spiritual abuse, when forgiveness is not extended to you, and when reconciliation is foolish.

    If I had to reduce my library to a handful of books, this one would make the cut.

  • I just couldn't put this book down. It cheered me and humbled me and made me tear up. Learning the different ways God loves and forgives, and encourages us to love and forgive is both inspiring and blessedly terrifying. Countryman explores all in this delightful treasure.

  • Read in a book club. I enjoyed reading the book as I had taken an on line course from the author.

  • I ordered this book as a recommendation from my Priest. The book was delivered quickly and the price was very good. The book itself is an excellent one. It is an easy read and is very thought provoking.

  • I found this book most helpful as I learned Forgiving is a journey. Countryman leads one on the journey in easy to follow steps. Have high;lighted many passages to keep me on track.

  • Countryman, as theologian, writes about the Christian viewpoint of forgiveness, using scripture to illustrate. Well written and clear ideas help the reader to understand.

  • Felt like I got free counseling, that he was present in my anguish and knew what I was going through. He helps you understand why quick throw-away responses that many use to get through are unsatisfying. Pastor Countryman goes deeper, yet always with love central: forgiveness is not about being so terribly honest about how bad you are or other people are that you forget that we can participate in new life now, and choose a better way now. By the end I realized the need to forgive is an opportunity, and that the need is finally a need to forgive myself, not control.

    Countryman talks you through the subtle ways we trivialize and fool ourselves into avoiding AND also the opposite: over-dramatizing the horrors of our problem so that we can't move on and grow.

    I came to see that my challenge was not simply in forgiving but was to create a new mind, a stance of freely forgiving that is sincere and habitual. And that my particular problem was not just a forgiveness problem, it was a relational problem that requires proactive behavior so that things are not taken for granted, and a life problem, that is about building a life of peace and joy no matter what my circumstances.

    Helpful and practical, and wise with experience.

  • In "Forgiven and Forgiving," L. William Countryman engages the topic of forgiveness from a gospel perspective, especially how it fits into the Christian life, and how it contributes to the "forgiver's" sense of self, spirituality and quality of life. Mr. Countryman neither minimizes nor glosses away important issues such as abuse, pain, suffering, anger or fear; nor does he participate in sugar-coating, guilt trips, self-hatred, sanctimoniousness or denial.
    Instead, this work illuminates the gradual, often difficult and painful, process of conversion needed to experience God's love and forgiveness and the realization that ultimately, every human being, each of us, will need to be forgiven for *something*. Mr. Countryman also reminds us that as we grow into our experience of God's love, forgiveness becomes that much easier, an extension of the wonderful love and support we feel. A very good, very healing, book, both religious and spiritual in the truest sense of the words.