Dr. Worthington provides a path to freedom, from self-condemnation to self-acceptance, and to the life that Christ promises in Moving Forward.
The partial truth about us is hard to accept: We hurt those we love. We fail to step in when others need us most. We do wrong—and we need forgiveness. From others and from God, but also from ourselves.
But the full truth about us is liberating and freeing: while we are more deeply flawed than we can imagine, we also are far more valuable and cherished than we can comprehend. To reach the place of self-forgiveness, we must embrace this truth. The gift of God’s acceptance frees us from self-blame, guilt, and shame.
In this practical, inspiring book, Dr. Everett Worthington identifies six steps to forgiving yourself:
· Receive God’s forgiveness
· Repair relationships
· Rethink ruminations
· REACH emotional self-forgiveness
· Rebuild self-acceptance
· Resolve to live virtuously
Weaving the story of his brother’s suicide and his overwhelming feelings of regret together with psychological insight, scientific research, and biblical truth, Dr. Worthington opens a clear path to obtaining a full, meaningful life through Christ.
The author (A Just Forgiveness) draws from the personal experience of the murder of his mother and the suicide of his brother to examine moving on after trauma or tragedy. Writing as a Christian and a clinical psychologist, he identifies the source of problems as three ruminations: Satan, sin and self. Drawing from research he has done over his lifetime as well as other research plus scripture and good common sense, Worthington, who teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University, constructs a narrative for living a life beyond guilt. Through his work with the Templeton Foundation Campaign for Forgiveness Research and his life as a clinical psychologist, he presents a path worth following, the REACH method for emotional forgiveness (Recall hurt; replace unforgiveness with Empathy; give the Altruistic gift of forgiveness; Commit to it; Hold on through doubt). His exposition is full of easy to follow formulas for the individual seeking to get through a crisis. This book is for people of faith facing difficulties in their lives.