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The Peacegiver: How Christ Offers to Heal Our Hearts and Homes

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What does the atonement mean, practically speaking? How is Christ the answer to a strained relationship with a spouse, child, parent, or sibling? What if I am being mistreated—how can the atonement help me cope with that? How can I discover the desire to repent when I don’t feel the need to repent" And how can I invite others to do the same? These are the challenging, diff ...more
Unknown Binding, 203 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Shadow Mountain
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Jun 18, 2008 Megan rated it it was ok
Shelves: religion
Two stars is actually a bit generous, because I had to FORCE myself to finish it. Don't get me wrong; I love this book's message and its insights into understanding Christ's atonement. It really does have the potential to help with practical application of what Christ offers us. But I had an extremely difficult time with the delivery. Ferrell uses the parable method to get his point across, and it's the interaction between the characters in this parable that rub me the wrong way. When Rick's gra ...more
Mar 26, 2008 Annalisa rated it liked it
Recommended to Annalisa by: bookclub
Good, insightful, thought-provoking. But in trying to drag out the lesson in order for you learn the most from it, the book would become slow and repetitive. More often than not I would forget the point and remember the dragging on. So the book could have been at least half its size and more impactful, but nonetheless a good read.

While I am not a big fan of over-explaining, or in this case spending more time saying you are going to explain than explaining (the book could have been half as long)
Oct 11, 2007 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
This book is EXCELLENT. The Atonement is something that I really don't understand - and surely will not in this life. BUT this book helped me to see the power of the Atonement in way I never had before. I actually read it before my book group did, on recommendation and as a gift from a very good family friend. I knew I wouldn't be disappointed because I love and highly respect this person, but it was better than I thought it would be. It is written as a parable, so it's not just straight up (com ...more
May 13, 2008 Morgan rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People searching for healing
This book came to me highly recommended by quite a few people that I really trust. And I would recommend it to others, I suppose. But only as a secondary recommendation. It is a lesser version of the book I read a few months back, "Bonds that Make Us Free." "Bonds" is a very heavy book and difficult to wade through at times, but absolutely worth reading. This book, "The Peacegiver" is an easy read that explores the same concepts. I almost wish I read them in the reverse order than I did. The "st ...more
May 18, 2008 Pixie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Christians, People wanting to improve relationships with others
Recommended to Pixie by: Book Club
I'm not sure how to rate this book because there are things I loved and things I didn't.
It does an excellent job of conveying and teaching relatively complex principles in a fun and easy-read kind of way, so if you're not into dense, philosophical literature, you can gain an awful lot from this. But, if I were to critique it as a novel, I would say it is not particularly well written, the dialogue is forced and predictable, and the plot is thin. I was getting impatient with it at times.

It's shor
Sep 30, 2013 K. rated it it was amazing
It you are comfortable with your bad attitude towards others, especially those who have injured you, do not read this book. (This reminds me of the image in C.S. Lewis' book The Great Divorce of a man who refuses to be unbound from a nasty red lizard pinned to his shoulder). We can become quite comfortable with our dysfunctions.

Ferrell writes about how to live peaceably with others by changing your attitude towards them. He imagines a conversation between a midlife married man and his deceased
Dec 17, 2008 Lucy rated it really liked it
I've been wanting to read this book for years. Literally. I'm not quite sure why it has taken me as long as it has, other than the fact that it's a church book and being the literature heathen that I am, righteous books sometimes stay at the bottom of my often tall stack.

However, now that I've read it I can say that I am glad that I did because it changed how I think. I consider myself on the stubborn end of persuadable so that is saying something.

The Peacegiver uses a story format with conversa
Feb 25, 2008 Angela rated it really liked it
Recommended to Angela by: Justin Bradley
A friend offered to lend us this book on a Friday, with a very high recommendation. Both my husband and I read the whole thing over the weekend: it’s a quick read, and rather hard to put down. I loved it - It was profound and insightful, but in a very real and familiar way. The protagonist is invited to understand forgiveness and mercy through visions faintly reminiscent of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” except that the scenes he witnesses are from the scriptures, rather than his own life. As the ...more
Karly Cahoon
Feb 03, 2008 Karly Cahoon rated it it was amazing
It took me a few chapters to get in to this book, because it's written with such a different style. At first I didn't know if I liked it? But stick with it! At the end I was crying and felt like I understood better what forgiveness is and what it means to change and allow the Atonement into my life. The lessons I learned from it were practical and incredible. I want to read it again and again, even if the story line is cheesy at times.
Apr 15, 2008 Krista rated it it was amazing
This book is very dear to my heart. If there was a list of required reading for life, this book would definitely be on it! Never before has the Atonement been presented so clearly. Through the cleaver use of parable and scripture, we learn how we truely can heal our hearts and homes.
Sep 12, 2007 Shannon rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who deals with people...ever.
Shelves: inspirational
I usually don't like to mix gospel with fiction, but this is extremely well thought out and insightful. EXCELLENT!
Aug 21, 2015 Shane rated it it was ok
This book is what might result if Deseret Book tasked one of its sundry authors with writing a The Christmas Carol/The Great Divorce themed discussion of the atonement, especially if that author loved books like Tuesdays with Morrie. In this book, depressed husband Ricky Carson repeatedly visits the spirit of his grandfather in various settings from the scriptures. Absurd enough as is the idea of a spectral grandpa dressed in golf clothes discussing his grandson's old baseball games while overlo ...more
Feb 22, 2008 Rachel rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
Just so anyone who plans on reading this knows, the author of this book is not a novelist, he majored in Philosophy, so his writing reflects these facts. This is not a C.S. Lewis or Talmage writing style. It is much more simplistic in its presentation.

With that said, I think this is a book I will have to buy for myself and read it on a regular basis. I think we all know the basics of the Atonement, some more than others, but this book helps you see multiple facets of the atonement and how they c
Craig E.
Mar 09, 2009 Craig E. rated it it was amazing
Ferrell’s Strength in Analyzing Scripture

Ferrell is strongest in his retelling of scripture stories and in his deep and insightful analysis and commentary on those stories. In the first section of the book, Ferrell brought to life for me the story of Abigail, David, and Nabal found in 1 Samuel 25. Ferrell is a close reader of scripture, asking questions of the text that yield various levels of meaning. His commentary on Abigail as a type of Christ was beautifully done. His unpacking of Abigail
May 19, 2008 Andrea rated it really liked it
I had read that this was an "easy read" and have to disagree with that. It is not a book to read while your kids are running around in circles! Although it is nice because it is in parable form and compared to a modern day situation, it is still about the atonement and the topic alone makes it a deep concept. I already feel like I need to read it again to understand it more and I felt as I was reading it that just as with the scriptures, I need to stop and ponder all along the way. That being sa ...more
Jan 28, 2008 Amber rated it it was amazing I'm not really the type that reads a lot of church books (unless they're fiction with a plot). But my ward highly recommended this one, and I was going through a "blah" stage, so I figured, what the heck. At the risk of sounding cheesy, this was the most uplifting book! I've read it three times since, whenever I need a little extra boost. The author does an amazing job discussing the principals of the atonement in an interesting way....he weaves doctrine and learning experiences into a f ...more
May 05, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Amy by: A gift from my husband's father
This book has to be the one of the best LDS books ever written besides the Book of Mormon. It really gives you such amazing insight to the scriptures and explains it in such a way I never thought of before. It taught me that Christ not only forgave us our sins and mistakes but he has already gone through the sins and mistakes of those who has done us wrong and because of that we need to forgive them even though they may have not taken that step to apologize. It's absolutely amazing. A family man ...more
Hilary S
Sep 07, 2011 Hilary S rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful view of the atonement. You look at the atonement not only for your own sins, but in the aspect of those who have harmed or offended you.How you have to forgive their actions; turning those actions over into the loving arms of Christ. If you do not forgive; you then carry that as your sin. Christ suffered for each of us. When we do not forgive others; we are saying that his suffering wasn't enough. For me that was very humbling, do I want to stand before Christ and say "I know ...more
Sep 17, 2009 Laureen rated it liked it
For just the writing, I'd give this one two stars. But for the purity of the principles, I'd give it five stars. Though the story is a tad on the trite side, there is a universality in the need for healing in a marriage relationship. It is at this point in most marriages when people call it quits. This book shows principles that can make us all dig a little deeper - in ourselves - to bring about change and healing. It unapologetically proposes that the ultimate healing of any relationship comes ...more
Oct 12, 2014 Robyn rated it it was ok
The Atonement is so important to our lives; on that point, Ferrell and I agree. The author's delivery was poor, his writing trite and silly, and in general written with a male focused slant that I found offensive. How odd, that I really disliked a book called "The Peacegiver". The parables were beaten until dead, the main character was stubborn and quite off-putting, and the author parades his professional and church callings in order to sell more books. I know that I missed the point of this bo ...more
Erica (daydreamer)
The Peacegiver is a nice LDS inspiration tale. James L. Ferrell sheds a thought provoking light on Christ’s atonement and the implications of it and how we can learn to appreciate and love His ultimate sacrifice more fully. How to use it to purge out sin in our hearts and lives, and to grow a new heart full of Christ’s love. This book tells a journey of Rick, and his attempts to understand the atonement, and understand his family who he is unconsciously hurting. In his dreams, Rick is visited by ...more
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Sep 09, 2012 Gwenevere Sew Many Books rated it it was amazing
Rick is facing some problems in his life. Because he is feeling unappreciated and unloved in his marriage he is considering calling it quits. Through a few special visits from his Grandfather, he learns that “being mistreated is the most important condition of mortality, for eternity itself depends on how we view those that mistreat us.” He learns how to use Christ’s atonement to heal his heart and start anew.

I love this book and believe that if you only read 5 books in your life
As I began to listen to this book, it seemed somewhat familiar. I discovered it was written by one of the Arbinger Institute leaders, whose book, The Anatomy of Peace, I read a few years ago. The concepts are much the same, but written into a helpful parable. It centers on the Atonement of Jesus Christ as the way we can truly have hearts at peace with each other. I found it a helpful and inspiring read or rather listen as I opted for the audio version.
Dec 01, 2015 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
An intimate story of a failing marriage. A grandfather who has passed on to the other side of the veil visits his grandson in his dreams, hoping to help him save his marriage. Using stories from scripture, the grandfather teaches gorgeous lessons.
Apr 13, 2009 Danica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
This book was awesome. It's about a strained marriage, but the principles apply to any strained relationship, which was very helpful for me. I can't stand in books where the main character is being asked questions and doesn't know the answer when it's totally obvious, or they're clueless when I as the reader can see clearly where it's going (read: Bella in the Twilight series!). At first there were a couple times like this, but soon after when I read questions in the book I had no idea of the an ...more
Oct 04, 2016 Danceteacherkc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't claim to have read many church books, but this is one that I have read and own. it was instrumental in helping me be a better communicator in my marriage. I think about this book a lot and probably am due for a reread
May 08, 2008 Kijuana rated it really liked it
This is an interesting book that I recommend to anyone. One interesting insight is that the author relates sinful thoughts/behaviors to addictions. Basically, if you get used to sinning, it is more likely that your body will get "wired" to continue acting the same way. It kind of makes sense since it is often hard to change our habits. The book sort of feels a little simplistic in its structure at times, but the message is very positive so it's easy to overlook some of that. It's a humbling, tho ...more
Feb 06, 2013 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure how to write what I want to say. This book has meant so much to me in a time in my life when I need to understand as much as I can about the atonement of my Savior and forgiveness. I can say that it has changed and broadened my knowledge and concepts of the atonement. I will read it again and again. It was difficult at times to read because it stripped me to my core and forced me to evaluate myself. I could not hide from myself and I think that is why it is so affecting. An absolute ...more
Jan 23, 2012 Dana rated it it was amazing
A friend mentioned this book to me, and though I am not a fan of churchy-type books, this one seemed right up my alley. It is perhaps the most powerful book on forgiveness I have ever read, and allowed me to view the atonement in an entirely different way than I had ever before considered. This is one I think I will go buy - merely because I took so many notes, I think I just want to have it on hand so I can refer to it again, and again. A must read for everyone. I did have to read it in chunks ...more
Jan 12, 2010 Yvonne rated it it was ok
Shelves: religion
I have been surprised by the number of books out there that set out to explaine the atonement. None of those I have read over the past year have been completely satisfactory. I suppose it is because it is like the elephant that was examined by four blind men. Each of them touched a different part of the animal. As a result each of them could only describe what it was they learned without ever becoming acquainted with the whole.

I think the weaknesses in the book come from trying to make it palat
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