How do you forgive a person who has hurt your deeply? Why forgive someone who does not deserve to be forgiven? Forgiveness is not easy, and often we discover that the person who needs to be forgiven the most is ourselves. As we forgive others and ourselves, we find that we are the ones who have benefited–forgiveness brings a peace to our lives that no one can take away from us.
Learning to Forgive: A Memoir of Doubt and Faith is the author’s personal journey of forgiveness from a spiritual and psychological point of view. The book shows the readers how they can use their relationship with God, the resources of the Christian faith, and their psychological understanding of themselves to learn how to forgive. As readers see that pastors are not immune to the challenges of everyday life, nor are they spared from abusive backgrounds, they will be encouraged to embark on their own journeys of forgiveness or receive strength and hope for a journey already started.
Walter R. Smith, is a retired Presbyterian (PCUSA) pastor living in Virginia. He has been published in the Christian Science Monitor, Chrysalis, the Journal of the Swedenborg Foundation, Church Teachers–Journal of the Association of Church Teachers and National Teacher Education Project, and the Bulletin of Psychological Type. He is a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and the Association for Psychological Type. A significant part of his career was spent in the educational ministry of the church where he wrote and published church school curriculum, and taught teachers how to teach. He and his wife, Maureen, have been married for thirty-nine years and they have two sons and a daughter-in-law: Damon, Bryan, and Tori, and a cat, Tigger.