The Peacegiver: How Christ Offers to Heal Our Hearts and Homes
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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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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 3 of 5 stars
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)...more
May 13, 2008 Morgan rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Oct 11, 2007 Rebecca rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
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 18, 2008 Pixie rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
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...more
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...more
Feb 25, 2008 Angela rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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.
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 5 of 5 stars
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!
Feb 22, 2008 Rachel rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
Craig E.
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’...more
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
Amber 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 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...more
Mar 26, 2008 Krista rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone wanting to feel closer to Christ
This book offered a new way to understand the Savior's Atonement and actually apply what it means in your own life. It's a great lesson on how to extend true forgiveness, and how to overcome things that might be holding you back. The author uses the journey of a husband in a difficult marriage to make a complex concept like the Atonement/repentance/forgiveness slightly easier for us to understand. Somewhat unexpectedly, this book actually prompted me to change some things in my life (and heart)...more
I listened to this book in the mornings as I ran on the treadmill and then finished it on a trip. I had heard so many people say how wonderful it was, and I wasn't disappointed. I would actually like to read it over, because something was lost in the cds as they were quite damaged and when I listened in the car the people I was listening with insisted on trying to make negative comments about things I didn't feel were important. I wanted them to be quiet and get the point. I hope what I learned...more
This book is a book that's meant to help a person change their behavior but it is written in a story format. For me that was very helpful in getting through the book. I'm not always very good about reading self help books partly because the usual approach is so dull to read. There are levels of meaning in this book that, like the scriptures can be reread again and again to delve into the deeper meanings personally and generally. I would definitely recommend reading this book whether you have str...more
Mar 24, 2008 Ane rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone!
Shelves: lds-books
This is a MUST READ for everyone!!! When I first started it I felt like the boy in the Princess Bride, who asks the question with skeptism & chagrin. . . "Is this a [kissing]/[marriage counseling] book?"
To my surprise, it was NOT a marriage counseling book, but a book on the atonement. It was AWESOME! It wasn't preachy or assuming, it was a teaching guide. It helped me think of the atonement in a totally different light.
IT'S ONLY 200 PAGES, SO TAKE SOME TIME A READ IT!!! excellent in every...more
Mar 28, 2008 Matt rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: LDS people especially, any Christian
Shelves: read-it
This book is a great read for anyone that is LDS, or just has a desire to better comprehend Christ's sacrifice for us. Through the main character and his dreams, where he speaks with his grandfather, he is helped by visualizing scenes from both the Old and New Testament, as well as the Book of Mormon, he is changed and sees the error of his ways. He realizes again that he has only partially understood the Savior's message of grace and redemption and what it means to us and our responsibility to...more
This covers forgiveness and the atonement in a way I have never contemplated before. The author uses a fictional story about a man who is in a marriage that seems to be on it's last possible leg. The husband's grandfather comes to him in a dream, kindof Dickens' style, and explains things from a different point of view. An easy read that explained the situation to my heart instead of just my head. I recommend this book to anyone who would like to invite any sort of peace back into their life. (c...more
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