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    Why Forgive?

    Foreword by Steven D. McDonald

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    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.

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    About The Book

    In Why Forgive? Arnold avoids glib pronouncements by letting the untidy experiences of ordinary people speak for themselves – people who have earned the right to talk about overcoming hurt, and about the peace of mind they have found in doing so. "Hurt" is an understatement, actually, for these stories deal with the harrowing effects of violent crime, betrayal, abuse, bigotry, gang warfare, and genocide. But Why Forgive? examines life's more mundane battle scars as well: the wounds caused by backbiting, gossip, strained family ties, marriages gone cold and tensions in the workplace. As in life, not every story has a happy ending – a fact Arnold refuses to skirt. The book also addresses the difficulty of forgiving oneself, the futility of blaming God, and the turmoil of those who simply cannot forgive, even though they try.

    Twelve years ago, Why Forgive? appeared in bookstores under the title "Seventy Times Seven" – a reference to Jesus’s advice on how many times we should be ready to forgive in one day.  Today, translated into more than 20 languages, this modest but compelling volume of true stories has been reprinted hundreds of times, and sold or distributed to audiences around the world.

    Why Forgive? Read these stories, and decide for yourself.

    Also available, a free study guide to facilitate group discussion or personal study.

    Softcover, 5.375 x 7.5

    ISBN: 978-0874869422

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    Table of Contents

    • The Cancer of Bitterness
      Jane, Brenda, Glenn Fielder, Charles Williams, Anne and Daniel Coleman
    • Believe in Miracles
      Gordon Wilson, Piri Thomas, Hashim Garrett, Ghaidaa
    • Ending the Cycle of Hatred
      Jared, Hela Ehrlich, Josef Ben-Eliezer, Bishara Awad, Naim Ateek
    • Bless your Persecutors
      Death row inmate, Gladys Staines, Martin Luther King, Ruby Bridges, Christian de Cherge
    • Forgiveness and Justice
      David, Roberto Rodriguez, Bill Chadwick, Kip Kinkel, Mary Foley
    • The Deeds of Mercy
      Chris Carrier and David McAllister, Ron Carlson and Karla Faye Tucker
    • When Reconciling is Impossible
      Marietta Jaeger, Kelly, Julie, Anne Coleman, Brad and Misty Bernall, Dan and Tricia Nelson
    • Forgiving in Everyday Life
      William Blake’s “poison tree,” Johann Christoph Arnold, Clare Stober, Heinrich and Annemarie Arnold
    • Forgiveness and Marriage
      Johann Christoph and Verena Arnold, Hans and Margrit Meier, Ed and Carol
    • Forgiving a Parent
      Don, Karl Keiderling, Maria, Kate, Susan
    • Blaming God 
      Johann Christoph Arnold, Andrea, Jon and Gretchen Rhoads
    • Forgiving Ourselves
      Delf Fransham, David Harvey, John Plummer and Kim Phuc, Pat
    • Accepting Responsibility
      Mark and Debbie, Steve, Michael Ross, the Möttlingen Awakening
    • Not a Step but a Journey
      Steven McDonald, Alice Calonga and Saira Sher, Terry, Bud Welch
    • Making Ripples
      Jean-Paul Samputu, Rwanda’s Reconciliation Village, the Amish School Massacre, Michael Lapsley