Stories of Forgiveness


If we hold a grudge against someone, the door to God will be closed. It will be absolutely closed, with no way to him. Only if we forgive others will we be forgiven. I am sure that many prayers are not heard because the person praying has a grudge against someone, even if he is not aware of it. Jesus says more than once that before we pray we must forgive. If we want Jesus, we must have a forgiving heart.

- J. Heinrich Arnold

Books: Stories of Forgiveness

Seeking Peace English

Seeking Peace

Johann Christoph Arnold

Where can we find peace of heart and mind – with ourselves, with others, and with God? Arnold says there is such a peace, but it will demand a relentless pursuit kept up only by hope and courage, vision and commitment. français 한국어 español

Why Forgive? Book Cover

Why Forgive?

Johann Christoph Arnold

Read these stories of forgiveness from people who have earned the right to talk about overcoming hurt, and about the peace of mind they have found in doing so. العربية 中文 français Deutsch हिंदी עברית മലയാളം русский 한국어 español

Escape Routes English

Escape Routes

Johann Christoph Arnold

In Escape Routes, Arnold explores the roots of loneliness, frustration, alienation, and despair and the keys needed to leave them behind. No self-help mumbo jumbo here - just lots of real-life stories and straightforward advice. Potent medicine for anyone willing to down it. 한국어

Articles: Stories of Forgiveness

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The Blessings of Conflict

Charles E. Moore

I tried everything I could to eliminate conflict in my life. But I soon found that this would not be possible if I hoped to have meaningful and lasting relationships, the kind I read about in the New Testament church...

A thumbnail image of the book cover, Homage to a Broken Man.

Why We Need Stories Like Homage to a Broken Man

Eugene H. Peterson

The mysteries of goodness and redemption become apparent when we find companions like those brought to life in the pages of this book, in unassuming and patient leaders like J. Heinrich Arnold.

An ink-on-white-paper portrait of Mahatma Gandhi by Xu Beihong.

What Gandhi Taught Me about Jesus

A.C. Oommen

As a young Indian theology student, the author was struck by Gandhi's question, “Where are the Christians that live according to the Bible?” Gandhi felt they could “bring the Christian message of reconciliation” to both Hindus and Muslims...

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Kalief Browder’s Ordeal, Our Shame

Sam Hine

Kalief Browder’s story exemplifies the failure of our society toward its young, its poor, its minorities, and its mentally ill. Will he be just another casualty in a litany of injustices, from which we turn away in anger or despair?