The Gift of Forgiveness
A fresh, inspiring book on learning how to forgive--with firsthand stories from those who have learned to let go of resentment and find peace"When we learn to embrace forgiveness, it opens us up to healing, hope, and a new world of possibility." --Katherine Schwarzenegger PrattWritten with grace and understanding and based on more than twenty in-depth interviews and stories as well as personal reflections from Schwarzenegger Pratt herself, The Gift of Forgiveness is about one of the most difficult challenges in life--learning to forgive. Here, Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt shows us what we can learn from those who have struggled with forgiveness, some still struggling, and others who have been able to forgive what might seem truly unforgivable. The book features experiences from those well-known and unknown, including Elizabeth Smart, who learned to forgive her captors; Sue Klebold, whose son, Dylan, was one of the Columbine shooters, learning empathy and how to forgive herself; Chris Williams, who forgave the drunken teenager who killed his wife and child; and of course Schwarzenegger Pratt's own challenges and path to forgiveness in her own life. All provide different journeys to forgiveness and the process--sometimes slow and thorny, sometimes almost instantaneous--by which they learned to forgive and let go. The Gift of Forgiveness is a perfect blend of personal insights, powerful quotations, and hard-won wisdom for those seeking a way to live with greater acceptance, grace, and peace.

The Gift of Forgiveness Details

TitleThe Gift of Forgiveness
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 10th, 2020
PublisherPamela Dorman Books
ISBN-139781984878250
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Personal Development, Psychology

The Gift of Forgiveness Review

  • Lee Woodruff
    January 1, 1970
    Most of us probably have an inconsistent relationship with the capacity to forgive. For many, it can be a life-long process. The grace that comes with forgiveness is lovingly detailed in Schwarzenegger-Pratts new book. From victims of sexual trauma or ethnic violence to the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart and Sandy Hook Mom Scarlett Lewis, the book contains interviews and stories from everyday folks and household names. The author draws bite-sized conclusions that allow us to see the potential to Most of us probably have an inconsistent relationship with the capacity to forgive. For many, it can be a life-long process. The grace that comes with forgiveness is lovingly detailed in Schwarzenegger-Pratt’s new book. From victims of sexual trauma or ethnic violence to the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart and Sandy Hook Mom Scarlett Lewis, the book contains interviews and stories from everyday folks and household names. The author draws bite-sized conclusions that allow us to see the potential to detach the anvil of resentment and anger that can pulverize a soul. Gift this book or leave it by your bed to remind yourself good people exist in our imperfect world.
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  • Steve
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book in a giveaway.The personal stories of forgiveness in this book are pretty incredible and inspiring. I would have liked to have seen more commentary from the author with some suggestions about how to implement the forgiveness process, but the stories illustrate clearly that it can be done in the most difficult circumstances.I really enjoyed reading these stories. The diversity of the persons and situations presented should appeal to a wide audience and is organized well. I'm I won this book in a giveaway.The personal stories of forgiveness in this book are pretty incredible and inspiring. I would have liked to have seen more commentary from the author with some suggestions about how to implement the forgiveness process, but the stories illustrate clearly that it can be done in the most difficult circumstances.I really enjoyed reading these stories. The diversity of the persons and situations presented should appeal to a wide audience and is organized well. I'm grateful that I got to read this.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I did like this book but it also became repetitive. Although each story is different, the end result was similar.
  • Kevin
    January 1, 1970
    This book was heavy at times but extremely inspiring. To see how people have been through unthinkable situations and still have the power to forgive was crazy. It made me think of how I can forgive others and ultimately, myself in situations.
  • Marcy
    January 1, 1970
    Everyone should read this book. Very moving stories about the act of forgiving. Beautiful book.
  • Virginia
    January 1, 1970
    An amazing, beautifully written book. The very real stories of famous people, people who suffered trauma or disease, were hurt or injured by others, as well as the homeless and how they managed to forgive others. This book will appeal to all and all will be able to recognize how they may be able to apply the way others have dealt with sadness and anger against those who injured them in some way.This is a book I will keep and reread.I would wholeheartedly recommend this book!Thank you for the An amazing, beautifully written book. The very real stories of famous people, people who suffered trauma or disease, were hurt or injured by others, as well as the homeless and how they managed to forgive others. This book will appeal to all and all will be able to recognize how they may be able to apply the way others have dealt with sadness and anger against those who injured them in some way.This is a book I will keep and reread.I would wholeheartedly recommend this book!Thank you for the ARC. It was my pleasure to read it and submit a review.
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  • Erwin
    January 1, 1970
    Understanding the concept of forgiveness as shared through these unbelievable stories by people who personally suffered horrific incidents may be hard to accept by some. I myself was a little skeptical as I started reading through the stories... but by the end you realize that everyone has to make their own choices in order to simply keep going and living their lives even after they were severely scarred or close family members were lost.The author does a great job in recapping the essence of Understanding the concept of forgiveness as shared through these unbelievable stories by people who personally suffered horrific incidents may be hard to accept by some. I myself was a little skeptical as I started reading through the stories... but by the end you realize that everyone has to make their own choices in order to simply keep going and living their lives even after they were severely scarred or close family members were lost.The author does a great job in recapping the essence of forgiveness as told through the interviews:“During this process, I was stuck by how the people I interviewed had found a way to take their pain and turn it into purpose. Their strength astounds me.”“Forgiveness is not one size fits all”“Forgiveness is rarely simple… it’s more often an ongoing process to achieve your freedom and peace of mind from a particular incident or person.”And.. how many of the people realized that the past is done... it cannot be changed... I need to understand how to move forward.Powerful insights.The stories are absolutely incredible that are included... and each of the stories comes directly by the person immediately involved with the incident.Here is just a sampling of the stories shared:A 14 year old kidnap victim suffering held captive for 9 months.The Church shootings in Charleston, South CarolinaThe Rwanda mass killings of over 1,000,000 people during the uprisingThe Sandy Hook Elementary mass shootings of the childrenThe Nicole Simpson Murder.There was one chilling line by Polly Shepard who survived the African Methodist Church killings as she continually wondered why she was allowed to live while so many died... At the trial the killer stated: “She was looking at me, so I couldn’t shoot her”That's the difference sometimes between life and death. This was a great read and the stories are chilling, yet inspiring... and some readers will still say... NO WAY I would ever forgive in a situation like that... but the people who shared their stories here needed to figure out a way to move on with their lives and the actions they took and shared worked for them.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    The Gift of Forgiveness by Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt is a wonderful collection of unique, personal, and inspirational forgiveness stories. Each person featured in this book retells their personal path to forgiveness illustrating that not all roads to forgiveness look the same. Forgiveness is NOT one-size-fits-all. We all come to forgiveness in our own times and in our own ways, but the goal is universal to be freed from the pain, grief, anger, and trauma that this life can throw our way The Gift of Forgiveness by Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt is a wonderful collection of unique, personal, and inspirational forgiveness stories. Each person featured in this book retells their personal path to forgiveness illustrating that not all roads to forgiveness look the same. Forgiveness is NOT one-size-fits-all. We all come to forgiveness in our own times and in our own ways, but the goal is universal — to be freed from the pain, grief, anger, and trauma that this life can throw our way and that we often tend to hold inside. The gift of forgiveness is that once we do reach a place of forgiveness, we are released from pain and suffering and anger and resentment. Forgiveness equals freedom!My favorite stories in this collection, and the ones I found most encouraging and inspirational, are those that recognize the importance of incorporating God into their forgiveness journeys. Reading this book was a blessing to me in many ways. I have learned a lot about myself through the reading of these honest, personal stories. The Gift of Forgiveness is a valuable read that I highly recommend. The lessons, the inspiration, and the opportunity for self-reflection contained within these pages should not be missed by anyone!I purchased a copy of this novel in eBook form from Amazon.com on March 9, 2020, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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  • Megan ~The Never Ending Book Basket
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this book was beautifully written, and presented a lot of meaningful and emotional stories of forgiveness and what that looks like for different people. I really enjoyed getting the different stories of forgiveness, as well as getting this authors own perspective and reflection on each story that she shared. I read this book in one setting, and I found myself really thinking and reflecting while reading about what I was reading, these different stories I was experiencing, and what it I thought this book was beautifully written, and presented a lot of meaningful and emotional stories of forgiveness and what that looks like for different people. I really enjoyed getting the different stories of forgiveness, as well as getting this authors own perspective and reflection on each story that she shared. I read this book in one setting, and I found myself really thinking and reflecting while reading about what I was reading, these different stories I was experiencing, and what it truly means to forgive. This book definitely makes you think about a lot of things, and it holds many powerful stories within it. I enjoyed reading it, and I loved how much it really made me think. Forgiveness is complicated, dynamic, and takes on many forms, and this book allows you to see all of that and more. If you were looking for a read that will make you think and feel and reflect, then I highly recommend this book.
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  • Jason Muckley
    January 1, 1970
    "The Gift of Forgiveness" by Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt is an inspiring book on the power of forgiveness and how it is much more a gift for yourself rather than those you forgive. It is a story about overcoming and about beginning again in the face of tragedy. It is about moving forward and letting go instead of being controlled by something or someone that has wronged you in the past.Ms. Schwarzenegger's nonfiction collection of the lessons learned by some of the most inspiring sources is "The Gift of Forgiveness" by Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt is an inspiring book on the power of forgiveness and how it is much more a gift for yourself rather than those you forgive. It is a story about overcoming and about beginning again in the face of tragedy. It is about moving forward and letting go instead of being controlled by something or someone that has wronged you in the past.Ms. Schwarzenegger's nonfiction collection of the lessons learned by some of the most inspiring sources is very powerful. Some of the powerful people who share their stories include Elizabeth Smart, Sarah Klein, Immaculee Ilibagiza, Nadia Bolz-Weber, DeVon Franklin, Sue Klebold, Mark Kelly, Tanya Brown, Adel Altamimi and many others.This is a quick read, but also a book to come back to time and time again as you face the challenges of this life. There is some important lessons about becoming whole in a place where brokenness abounds.
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  • Carol Pickersgill
    January 1, 1970
    This book has mini synopsis of other people's books and/or stories of forgiveness.... and then a paragraph or two from Katherine telling her response to these tales of forgiveness. My overall conclusion is that forgiveness is personal - and may not truly be "forgiveness" but choosing to move forward and forget. Forgiveness can come instantly - or dozens of years later when it is just time to let go of the feelings of hurt. Note that all the stories are of truly horrific things that were done to This book has mini synopsis of other people's books and/or stories of forgiveness.... and then a paragraph or two from Katherine telling her response to these tales of forgiveness. My overall conclusion is that forgiveness is personal - and may not truly be "forgiveness" but choosing to move forward and forget. Forgiveness can come instantly - or dozens of years later when it is just time to let go of the feelings of hurt. Note that all the stories are of truly horrific things that were done to - or by - folks to each other... What is not explored are all the day-to-day acts that require compassion and potentially forgiveness. Somehow the larger than life acts are either easier - or impossible - to transcend as they are truly life changing. One at that point needs to make conscious decision to shift how you live.... Book does make you think - but... trying to fit in so many stories - with just snippets of what others went thru - makes this very light reading.
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  • W. Whalin
    January 1, 1970
    In An Angry World, We Need The Gift of ForgivenessWe live in a world of road rage and many actions from others which dont make sense. Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt captures interesting stories from the lives of others in her book, THE GIFT OF FORGIVENESS. I heard the audiobook version cover to cover and found it worthwhile listening.Each chapter tells the story of a different person and how they handled forgiveness. The variety of experiences is interesting and the storytelling is excellent In An Angry World, We Need The Gift of ForgivenessWe live in a world of road rage and many actions from others which don’t make sense. Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt captures interesting stories from the lives of others in her book, THE GIFT OF FORGIVENESS. I heard the audiobook version cover to cover and found it worthwhile listening.Each chapter tells the story of a different person and how they handled forgiveness. The variety of experiences is interesting and the storytelling is excellent with a solid point for the reader drawn from each one. I enjoyed listening to THE GIFT OF FORGIVENESS and recommend it.W. Terry Whalin is an editor and the author of more than 60 books including Straight Talk From The Editor, 18 Keys To A Rejection-Proof Submission
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  • Tala Gilbert
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful book!I could not put this book down. There are stories in here of real people who have gone through horrendous life interruptions and come out on the other side of them with stronger faith, healed hearts and restored relationships. This book helped me see some areas in my own life that I have held on to that I need to move on from and forgive even though I have zero contact with the people who have harmed me, I still need to forgive and move forward to be open to love again. Thank you, Beautiful book!I could not put this book down. There are stories in here of real people who have gone through horrendous life interruptions and come out on the other side of them with stronger faith, healed hearts and restored relationships. This book helped me see some areas in my own life that I have held on to that I need to move on from and forgive even though I have zero contact with the people who have harmed me, I still need to forgive and move forward to be open to love again. Thank you, Katherine, for a beautiful book of love and forgiveness. It has helped me more than you can imagine. I highly recommend this book for everyone who has hurts and wounds that you have allowed to define your life. This book will help free your heart and help you move forward from all the pain.
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  • Jeanne
    January 1, 1970
    Very inspiring read. The actual life stories are given of people who have succeeded into peace after horrible situations. No matter what has or will happen in our lives, this book gives us insight on ways to handle the situation. We all have or will have a person (or situation) we need to forgive in our minds (hearts?) in order to live OUR lives more fully. This book puts perspective on how to begin that process. I like the fact that "forgiveness" is a gift to yourself to move on. It also Very inspiring read. The actual life stories are given of people who have succeeded into peace after horrible situations. No matter what has or will happen in our lives, this book gives us insight on ways to handle the situation. We all have or will have a person (or situation) we need to forgive in our minds (hearts?) in order to live OUR lives more fully. This book puts perspective on how to begin that process. I like the fact that "forgiveness" is a gift to yourself to move on. It also resonated with me that you don't have to forget and that the hurt will still come and go but we do not have to let it control our lives. As I said, inspiring and a good read.
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  • Mary Huff
    January 1, 1970
    Well written book with many varied examples of people who been through unbelievable loss or hurt and have learned how to truely forgive the person or persons who hurt them so deeply. Author Katherine has done her homework and interviewed many people for this book, letting them tell their own story and then telling her how they either came to forgive or in a few cases have struggled with it themselves. Having struggled myself with forgiveness, I can echo what everyone who has forgiven in that it Well written book with many varied examples of people who been through unbelievable loss or hurt and have learned how to truely forgive the person or persons who hurt them so deeply. Author Katherine has done her homework and interviewed many people for this book, letting them tell their own story and then telling her how they either came to forgive or in a few cases have struggled with it themselves. Having struggled myself with forgiveness, I can echo what everyone who has forgiven in that it is a gift that you give yourself. Life is too short to live it in anger and unforgiveness and she makes this very clear by sharing a couple of her own stories.
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  • Irene
    January 1, 1970
    I would recommend this book as a must read . This book was well written and researched to provide accurate storytelling of the persons retelling their stories of forgiveness . They were very difficult stories to read and understand how forgiveness was achieved . I sobbed remembering all the tragedy that was experienced and how much work went into forgiveness in order for life to move forward . We need to work more on seeking and giving forgiveness .
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  • enyanyo
    January 1, 1970
    "You think you'e letting someone else off the hook, but you're letting yourself off the hook. Because if you don't have that forgiveness, you're not gonna heal."Some really moving stories about people who've offered or received forgiveness and how it's changed the course of their lives. I liked that there were different perspectives, not just from giver/receiver, also from people who didn't think forgiveness is the right word, or who didn't think people need to forgive per se. Good read!
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  • Mandi Spillar
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed several of the emotional stories of forgiveness the author presented. Three stories really moved me: Ron Hall, Immaculee and Adel...wow! I think forgiveness is very personal and this book missed the mark for me. While I appreciate the authors attempt, I found this repetitive and filled with obvious advice. Her synopsis at the end of each story felt disingenuous. I felt her insights were a bit contrived and her thoughts were poorly written.
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  • Susan Jessup
    January 1, 1970
    Im reading this during the stay put order for the Coronavirus. This book was perfect to read, even though the focus is on forgiveness towards people I think it could also relate to finding forgiveness in circumstances. After being at home for a week people in the world are showing anger, towards the events. The action of other and uncontrollable circumstances. Maybe we should use this time to forgive. I’m reading this during the stay put order for the Coronavirus. This book was perfect to read, even though the focus is on forgiveness towards people I think it could also relate to finding forgiveness in circumstances. After being at home for a week people in the world are showing anger, towards the events. The action of other and uncontrollable circumstances. Maybe we should use this time to forgive.
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  • Marsha
    January 1, 1970
    The author relays the experiences of various people's lives and the ways that they deal with forgiveness. Some of the stories were hard to read, but one touched me the most as it's something I also struggle with when it comes to forgiveness. The author's faith is clear but I love that she interviewed people regardless of their beliefs.I will be working harder to extend forgiveness as a gift to myself - letting go of pain and resentment for my own sake.
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    It really bums me out to give such a low rating. I genuinely wanted to like the book, but I just couldnt get there. It read like a book report, What I Learned About Forgiveness; complete with passages after each interview on her response. Somehow I was left unmoved even with these amazing peoples stories to draw from. I hope that if she continues her writing career shes able to develop a more articulate writing style. It really bums me out to give such a low rating. I genuinely wanted to like the book, but I just couldn’t get there. It read like a book report, “What I Learned About Forgiveness;” complete with passages after each interview on her response. Somehow I was left unmoved even with these amazing peoples’ stories to draw from. I hope that if she continues her writing career she’s able to develop a more articulate writing style.
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  • Trudy Jaskela
    January 1, 1970
    Forgiveness means different things to different people. What came through from each story was self-love was necessary in order to forgive another. three of the people interviewed were Elizabeth Smart, Susan Klebold, Dylan's mother (Columbine shooting), and Pablo Escobar's (Columbia drug kingpin) son.
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  • Karen R.
    January 1, 1970
    Beautifully written, this book explores instances of people who are able to forgive under the harshest of circumstances. I struggle with forgiveness. It is a very difficult feat to accomplish. Reading these stories helped me think of some aspects in my life I have been struggling with. Very insightful book!
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  • Candice
    January 1, 1970
    The stories are some of the most known from the news but the twist of forgiveness within them is inspiring. Katherine does a good job of highlighting different ways to forgive and that it comes in many ways. The main disappointment is she uses a riff with a childhood friend as her catalyst for writing the book where as we all know her relationship with her father should have been touched on.
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  • Doree
    January 1, 1970
    In my opinion, I would have enjoyed this more if the author had maintained all her insights to after the interviewee's words. Also, this book does not offer what it boasts so I was left feeling a sense of disappointment.
  • Calley
    January 1, 1970
    This book is filled with great stories of forgiveness in what seems like the impossible. Some stories are more emotional than others but they all make you think and show you hope in getting through anything that is thrown at you.
  • Megan Ingram
    January 1, 1970
    This one is essentially a collection of stories. It shares several peoples journeys to forgiveness, each one in a very different situation from the last and each one inspiring. I found myself reflecting on my own relationships with others a lot as I read it. This one is essentially a collection of stories. It shares several people’s journeys to forgiveness, each one in a very different situation from the last and each one inspiring. I found myself reflecting on my own relationships with others a lot as I read it.
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  • Carla
    January 1, 1970
    Take-aways: - You must forgive yourself. - Forgiveness looks different for everyone. - "Forgiveness starts with a choice, and then it becomes a process. It's taking your personal power back." - Scarlett Lewis (p93) - Forgiveness is a choice and needs to be practiced.
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  • Melisa Nelson
    January 1, 1970
    This was a lovely, short read. Learning about other peoples experiences with forgiveness was eye-opening and often relatable. I really enjoyed this book and hearing the authors perspective on each persons story. This was a lovely, short read. Learning about other people’s experiences with forgiveness was eye-opening and often relatable. I really enjoyed this book and hearing the author’s perspective on each person’s story.
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    This book is truly inspiring and it has gave me a different perspective on the world. Im glad the author spoke up about such a great topic and I would recommend this book to anyone struggling with forgiveness. This book is truly inspiring and it has gave me a different perspective on the world. I’m glad the author spoke up about such a great topic and I would recommend this book to anyone struggling with forgiveness.
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