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Unpacking Forgiveness: Biblical Answers for Complex Questions and Deep Wounds

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Helps readers move beyond the wounds and baggage of bitterness, disagreements, and broken relationships.

"True or false: most Christian pastors and counselors agree on what forgiveness is and how it should take place." This question is part of Chris Brauns's Forgiveness Quiz that draws readers into his book and gets them thinking about the subject of forgiveness. The truth
Paperback, 235 pages
Published October 31st 2008 by Crossway Books
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Becky Pliego
Biblical and practical. Highly recommended.
Brian Collins
Sep 12, 2015 Brian Collins rated it really liked it
The thesis of Chris Brauns's work on forgiveness is: "God expects believers to forgive others in the way that he forgives them" (44). That thesis may seem fairly basic until one begins to probe how God forgives believers. Brauns defines God's forgiveness as: "A commitment by the one true God to pardon graciously those who repent and believe so that they are reconciled to him, although this commitment does not eliminate all consequences" (51). Note that God's forgiveness is freely and graciously ...more
Aug 26, 2014 Kim rated it it was amazing
I started this book a while ago, and then put it down because other things intruded. I am so thankful I picked it up again. This book is excellent. Like his other book Bound Together, Brauns's pastor's heart is evident in this book that exposes and evaluates forgiveness.

Brauns defines forgiveness, and then proceeds to build a case for Christians to practice forgiveness as God does. This does not mean completely unconditional forgiveness. He is adamant about the reality that despite there being f
Dec 29, 2009 Esther rated it it was ok
While there were some good points in the book, I think the author put too much emphasis on our repentance rather than on God's mercy. Some of the conclusions he drew, I think, were not biblical and were more man-centered rather than God-centered. While some parts of it were good, the major tenets I think were flawed. I would never give this to another believer.
Jul 13, 2012 Anne rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Anne by: Deborah Tate
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Excellent! Thoroughly biblical, this is a must-read. I've marked up my copy and will be returning to it again.
Maggie Boyd
Jun 29, 2016 Maggie Boyd rated it really liked it
It took me a while to write this review because I really needed to let this book sink in:

To start with the good: My favorite “good” was the author’s discussion of justice. We are created with a standard of justice written on our hearts (p.147) Brauns tells us and I think he is right. Most of us want fairness (which is what we see as justice) and I think part of the collective anger in our country and the world is confusion as to what we see as injustice all around us.

Another good was the discu
Jul 07, 2015 Glenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Much psychological nonsense is taught by Christian teachers as Biblical forgiveness, but Chris Brauns' Unpacking Forgiveness sheds Biblical light on the most confusing of subjects. Braun's defines forgiveness, “'To release from legal or moral obligation or consequence.' When God forgives, he commits or promises that he will no longer hold the sin against the person being forgiven." Braun's holds up God as our model that we should forgive as God forgave us and the forgiveness that God grants is ...more
Mike Walters
Apr 27, 2010 Mike Walters rated it it was amazing
This continues to be my go-to book regarding forgiveness and reconciliation. Brauns offers wise counsel, steeped in the Bible. It is also excellent in practically applying conflict resolution and peacemaking skills. Moreover, Brauns is not afraid to consider and examine how forgiveness and reconciliation works in the most difficult cases -- like rape, murder, child abuse, etc.
Brauns defines forgiveness as "a commitment by the offended to pardon graciously the repentant from moral liability and t
Trevor Lund
Apr 12, 2014 Trevor Lund rated it liked it
Basic tenant of the book is to forgive as God forgives… gracious but not free, a commitment, lays the groundwork for reconciliation, does not mean the elimination of all consequences. If someone doesn’t ask for forgiveness resolve not to take revenge, protectively show love, and leave room for God’s wrath. What Brauns labels as “Biblical forgiveness” is simply the verses that support his view that no one should be forgiven unless repentance is seen. He brushes of Jesus on the cross saying, ...more
Andy Scott
Mar 23, 2015 Andy Scott rated it liked it
Chris Brauns takes a serious look at forgiveness is this book. He starts out with a helpful but tricky quiz about forgiveness, to help you see what you don't know about forgiveness. He then proceeds to break down the concept of forgiveness and how Christians are to respond in various situations.

I read this book looking for an in-depth study of forgiveness from a biblical perspective, along with pointers for certain sticky situations. He makes several good points, and has numerous examples/storie
Sep 15, 2015 Carmon rated it really liked it
I'm reading the Kindle version, which is very poorly done. I wish I had the hard copy as it is a very good book, making the point that we cannot be holier than God and that an attitude of forgiveness is essential, bitterness and revenge are forbidden, but conferring unilateral and unconditional forgiveness for a specific offense is not biblical. Overlooking an offense is appropriate in some instances, but forgiveness is different, and withholding it when a person refuses to repent is not wrong. ...more
Oct 26, 2010 Ryan rated it liked it
This book is a fairly good look at forgiveness from most every angle. One thing the author stated that was new to me was that since we are to forgive as God has forgiven us, and since God requires repentance, we don't need to forgive the unrepentant.

Brauns says that we are always to have the posture of forgiveness, but that since forgiveness is a transaction, forgiveness doesn't occur until the other party "opens the package" of your offered forgiveness. I wonder if Brauns confuses forgiveness
Ian Rees
Jul 22, 2015 Ian Rees rated it it was amazing
An excellent book. Easy to read and very clear. It helped me sort out the question of forgiveness more than any other book has done for me, especially the notion of what forgiveness is and that it must be, by its very nature, conditional. Chapter 5 on the difference between the therapeutic type of forgiveness usually offered (ie forgiving people even if they have not asked for it) and biblical (between two parties and involving reconciliation) was the stand-out chapter. There are lots of ...more
Apr 10, 2010 Mattmiller rated it really liked it
This was an insightful read. I felt that it got better and better as I went. The subject of biblical forgiveness is something very important for the health of the church and of our individual families. Ideas discussed include– seeing forgiveness as a commitment (not a feeling), understanding that biblical forgiveness always seeks reconciliation (even if it can't always attain it) and that although forgiveness should be graciously offered to all, offenders need to respond with repentance.
Tom Brainerd
Mar 10, 2015 Tom Brainerd rated it really liked it
This was recommended to me by a friend and co-laborer.

It was well worth the read. It has given me much to mull over. Sometimes that is what books and authors do.

It will get a re-read.

Perhaps worth the cost and the time for the quote:

Saying "I cannot or will not forgive" is another way of saying "I am thinking about going to Hell."

Todd Daily
Jan 09, 2016 Todd Daily rated it it was amazing
Excellent and very thorough explanation of the biblical teaching of forgiveness. The author gives careful consideration of all passages that deal with forgiveness and practical application for the principles. "What do I do, if...?"
Apr 26, 2010 Shawn rated it really liked it
Good insights into what forgiveness is as defined in God's Word. "Forgiveness: A commitment by the offended to pardon graciously the repentant from moral liability and to be reconciled to that person, although not all consequences are necessarily eliminated."
Feb 02, 2016 Nancy rated it it was ok
Good if you are an evangelical Christian. Braun's viewpoint of forgiveness and Christianity did not align with mine, but I did get a few good tidbits for a retreat I will be leading soon.
Mar 01, 2012 Kirsten rated it it was amazing
A very biblical, readable treatment of a mysterious theological imperative. I loved it and was encouraged, affirmed and challenged by it.
Oct 19, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing
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Jun 17, 2013 Alex rated it it was amazing
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Very good. Contrasts 'therapeutic forgiveness', which most christians seem to believe in, with what the bible presents about forgiveness.
Sean Crowe
Mar 14, 2016 Sean Crowe rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on the much neglected topic of forgiveness. Definitely written at popular level, which means a lot of stories and illustrations but still an excellent book on a difficult subject.
Edy Gies
May 08, 2012 Edy Gies rated it it was amazing
I found this book very helpful. I am not sure if the ideas are controversial or not, but to me the author makes his points well and illustrates them with appropriate stories.
Jul 12, 2014 Jen added it
this book is well supported biblically and is very well written. Chris Brauns keeps the reader interested with amazing illustrations couple with practical, biblical wisdom. find myself hooked.
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