An invaluable explanation of how forgiveness happens to help those struggling with this often perplexing subject.
In The Art of Forgiving Smedes takes on the 'toughest cases': forgiving ourselves, forgiving people who do not say they are sorry, even forgiving God. The author explains how forgiveness happens in three stages: we rediscover the humanity of the person who wronged us, we surrender our right to get even and we wish that person well. Smedes gently encourages us to take steps in healing wounds we've suffered for other people's wrongs. By acknowledging our pain, letting go of revenge, choosing forgiveness and wishing well for the people who have wronged us, we can reclaim our lives and our future.