Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Christianity

Moving Forward: Six Steps to Forgiving Yourself and Breaking Free from the Past

Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Christianity

Moving Forward: Six Steps to Forgiving Yourself and Breaking Free from the Past

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MOVING FORWARD: SEX STEPS TO FORGIVING YOURSELF AND BREAKING FREE FROM THE PAST. Everett L. Worthington, Jr. Colorado Springs, CO: Water Brook, 2013, Pp. 229, $15.99, Pb. Reviewed by Rod Bassett (Roberts Wesleyan College/Rochester, NY).

I do not intend to adopt this book as a graduate or undeigraduate textbook. However, I do intend to recommend this book widely to people I know and care about. This is a book about self-forgiveness written in the first person for people who need to self-forgive. It is written for people who need to simultaneously embrace the truths that they . . are flawed, but precious" (p. x). It is a book that seems to flow very naturally and authentically from the heart of a therapist who loves Jesus Christ. It is a book that, for me, made the roundtrip plane ride from Rochester, NY, to Portland, OR, worth the trip.

The basic structure of the book involves six steps toward self-forgiveness: (a) Receive God's Forgiveness, (b) Repair Relationships, (3) Rethink Ruminations, (d) Apply the REACH Model to Self-Forgiveness, (e) Rebuild SelfAcceptance, and (0 Resolve to Live Virtuously.

The book is written in a comfortable and personal style. Ev Worthington anchors the concepts he shares in his own experience with self-forgiveness following the suicide of his brother. Ev's openness and authenticity encourage the same on the part of the reader. Each step is captured in a few short and easy to read chapters. The material has the feel of the ebb-and-flow of an incoming tide that methodically works its way up a beach until high tide is reached. …

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