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Stephen Cherry
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26 Jan 2012
One of the most profound challenges a human being can ever face is how to forgive in the aftermath of injury, hurt or violation. Healing Agony explores the theology of forgiveness alongside a number of contemporary forgiveness stories in order to glean insights for those facing just this challenge. While God's forgiveness is revealed to be a simpler matter than is sometimes imagined, forgiveness between human beings is shown to be far more difficult, enigmatic and open-ended. This book offers a map of the rugged terrain that victims of serious harm, or those who seek to accompany them, will need to navigate if they embark on the venture of trust we call forgiveness.

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum (26 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441119388
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441119384
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 13.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 282,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Healing Agony is a searching analysis of forgiveness challenging simplistic assumptions and asks questions to which there are no easy answers. Stephen Cherry is unafraid to confront the complexities of one of the great issues of our time. --The Rt Revd the Lord Eames OM, former Archbishop of Armagh

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Stephen Cherry is Director of Ministerial Development and Parish Support for Durham diocese, a Residentiary Canon of Durham Cathedral and a former Chaplain of King's College, Cambridge, UK. He is the author of Barefoot Disciple, the Archbishop of Canterbury's 2011 Lent Book.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful healing 18 May 2012
By J. DOUGLAS VINE VOICE
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How can we access the energy and wisdom needed for a generous and healing journey called forgiveness? One of the most profound challenges a human being can ever face is how to forgive in the aftermath of injury, hurt or violation. Stephen Cherry's masterful book explores the theology of forgiveness. While God's forgiveness is revealed to be a simpler matter than is sometimes imagined, forgiveness between human beings is shown to be far more difficult, enigmatic and open-ended. The early `heart wilderness' chapter is particularly brilliant. Cherry successfully manages to explore this complex subject in a way that is both accessible and thought-provoking. He reflects upon stories of forgiveness being realised and resisted in a way that gives his readers confidence that there may indeed be help for the devastated.

The drive of this book is found in earthy and real pastoral experience;- developing a forgiving heart, even when forgiveness may seem unimaginable. Cherry courageously does not encourage any set path, does not "boost" the forgiveness option as the only one to take, nor cheap grace, but offers a map through the barren territory which strugglers find themselves in. In doing this I believe that this book offers all who care about the hurting something that is quite rare in the realm of theological study; a resource of real hope. A go-to location,.... Top class!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Be challenged and moved 27 Feb 2013
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this is an excellent book. Stephen Cherry does not flinch from looking at some of the most challenging areas of human experience - from holocaust to personal stories of abuse. The author's ability to help the reader hear stories and unpack the extensive literature on the subject is most useful. It finally explores a "model of forgiveness" which is not oppressive to victims and recognises a process which is ongoing. I believe this is valuable tool for people personally trying to consider the issues raised by being "demanded" to forgive and also others who are alongside people in their painful journeys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forgiveness is not 'instant'... 2 Feb 2013
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A friend told me about this book, and now having read it once, I am going to start again because it is so full of insights. The author is an Anglican priest, but the material on which he bases his thoughts ranges beyond the Christian tradition. He uses contemprary sources, including some 'unforgiveable' cases of hatred and murder. His points include the length of time that forgiveness may take -maybe a life-time, and that simply saying 'I forgive' does not take away the consequences and hurts caused by the source of the pain. There is an excellent index, and although he writes for the general reader, he provides for taking this topic on to further study. His style of writing is fluent, and the frequent examples and case-studies make it a book that helps the reader to follow his train of thought. The "healing"in the title is what may come when the "agony" of thr pain is lived through, and forgiveness becomes a possibility. An excellent book.
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