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Calm Surrender: Walking the Path of Forgiveness

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How can individuals live a life of forgiveness in a world so full of injustice and indifference? This haunting question spurred author Kent Nerburn to write Calm Surrender. The book looks at the life of an elderly woman mistreated by the healthcare system, a Native American desperate to keep the memories of the old ways alive, a woman singing softly over the grave of her y ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 11th 2002 by New World Library (first published 2000)
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Bonnie
Mar 23, 2014 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
I've read this short, beautiful book twice. The first time not long after a life shattering betrayal that left me stumbling and struggling to move forward. I appreciated it, I very much appreciate all of this author's books, but I didn't read much that spoke to my personal situation. What can I say? My pain had put me in a selfish place. At a friend's suggestion I read the book again. And now I'm wondering how anyone could read this book and not appreciate its universal and beautiful truths. I h ...more
Max
Apr 24, 2015 Max rated it really liked it
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p117 It is not in turning away from anger, or denying my outrage at the wrongs and indignities of life. It is in rising each morning and going forth into the oil spills of life, with buckets and mops and rags of hope, trying to create a better world for our children....But if I act from faith and love, and not from hatred and vengeance, the legacy of my hope, and the memory of my efforts, will pass down to my children...and buoy them with the sense of possibility that I carried in my hea
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Donald Fox
Jul 23, 2016 Donald Fox rated it really liked it
Neither a treatise nor a Hallmark greeting card. I will admit that there are indeed parts of this narrative that verge on the touchy-feely characteristics of our superficial Hallark-esque society's engagement with all things spiritual. However, I think that if the reader concentrates on the essence of Kent Nerburn's message that forgiveness needs to be an intentional act, I think that the stories--despite their occasional floridity--are worthy in depicting the need for forgiveness and forgiving. ...more
Gerald
Aug 26, 2012 Gerald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality, insight
According to Kent Nerburn, "We must learn to recognize the difference between letting go of hurts and standing up against wrongs." In "Calm Surrender" Kent demonstrates a genuine love for the principle of foregiveness and page after page seemed to come from a place of genuineness, which I surmise is a result of both giving and receiving forgiveness in his life.
At one point he describes forgiveness as "the glue that holds the human family together;" I see evidence of that truth in my own life. U
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Tiffany
What an incredible read, written with so much reality and soul, it's like a stretcher that carries you through the reality of the wrongs but beyond the pitfalls of hate, to a place of healing without making light of the wrongness. What a gift, I would pass them out to eveyone if I could, such a blessing to me...I had to re-read it several more times...my heart and soul just needed more.
Crystal
Feb 02, 2008 Crystal rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone needing a little guidance
This small book details how to let yourself forgive yourself and others. It's a very calm and accessible read and worth giving it a shot especially if something large is hanging over you that you are having a hard time letting go of.
Jacqueline Snider
Oct 14, 2009 Jacqueline Snider rated it it was amazing
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This is a truly amazing book. The chapters are wonderfully emotional, challenging of mind and transforming of spirit. For anyone that knows they must forgive themselves to move on and grow as an individual: This book is for you.
Renate
Aug 04, 2009 Renate rated it really liked it
Sincere and not too preachy. Purse-sized. Like it.
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