(Review) Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Spiritual Practices For Everyday Life by Wendy Murray
Genre: Nonfiction, Bible study.
Size: 5 1/2 by 8 1/2.
Source: Free copy from Hendrickson in exchange for a review.
Rating: 4 stars for very good.
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Forgiveness and Reconciliation are two of the 24 spiritual disciplines listed in the Everyday Matters Bible for Women, NLT.
The other spiritual disciplines are "Acceptance, Bible Study and Meditation, Celebration, Community, Confession, Contemplation, Faith, Fasting, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Hospitality, Justice, Mentoring, Outreach, Prayer, Reconciliation, Sabbath and Rest, Service, Silence, Simplicity, Solitude, Stewardship, Submission, and Worship."
Hendrickson has published a series of books on these spiritual disciplines.
Four chapters on Forgiveness. Four chapters on Reconciliation.
Jesus commands us to forgive. However, this is a hard task to practice. The study reminds us,
"When we harbor anger and resentment, we imprison ourselves in a cell full of poison." Page 9.
The story of David and his relationship with Bathsheba is examined. The focal passages are 2 Samuel 11:1-12:24 and Psalm 51.
Further Bible passages are a parable Jesus told in Matthew chapter 20, and Jesus asking His Father to "forgive them" in Luke chapter 23.
Reconciliation begins with the story of Hosea and "Redeeming Love."
Other chapters are "Reconciling with Yourself," "Reconciling with Your Enemy," and the "impossible."
Each of the chapters are broken down as follows: a Bible passage, devotional reading, questions to answer on the topic, "Points to Ponder," a prayer, an application principle, and a "Take-away Treasure."
I feel the Bible study is better if used along side the Everyday Matters Bible for Women, NLT. This is not a necessity but helps. To use both, brings harmony to the Bible study time.
The Bible study is brief. I do not consider the study to be in-depth.
I believe it's a tool to use during a daily devotional and Bible reading time.
The study can be used by an individual or small group.
A "Leader's Guide" is included.