A really helpful book I’ve found on forgiveness is Chris Brauns, Unpacking Forgiveness: Biblical Answers for Complex Questions and Deep Wounds, Crossway Books, 2008.
The big idea is that we are to ‘forgive as God forgave us.’ And so the answers to our issues of forgiving others are found in the Bible.
What I like about this book is that it keeps sending the reader to the Bible for answers. As Brauns shows, too often even Christians have non-biblical understandings of forgiveness.
For example, I’ve been challenged to reconsider the Bible’s teaching of forgiveness needing repentance, and also that forgiveness pardons guilt but does not eliminate consequences for our sin.
The book is full of powerful examples of the cost, pain, and difficulty of forgiveness. If you love moving illustrations then this is the book!
Can I suggest this book go on your reading list?!
In Christ, Tory.