The Miracle of Forgiveness
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The Miracle of Forgiveness

4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  10,986 ratings  ·  482 reviews
In his earthly ministry, Jesus preformed many miracles. In particular, he healed numerous diseased and disabled bodies. But perhaps his greatest miracle was the healing of people's souls — the forgiveness of sin. Jesus still offers that miracle today, and on the same terms as formerly: sincere repentance. This book is a penetrating explanation of repentance and forgiveness...more
Kindle Edition, 376 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1969)
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Roasterx
Jul 15, 2008 Roasterx rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: LDS scholars
Recommended to Roasterx by: A former bishop
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Jessica
How to rate this book...did I love it, like I'll read it over and over? Did I agree with every word? Instead of feeling guilty, I felt the power and love in obedience, and felt strongly how there are real consequences for actions that the world tends to gloss over or mock. However, I find it a difficult book to read, though I would recommend this to anyone who is feeling like sowing their oats and repenting "someday."
Chad
Jan 12, 2008 Chad rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Emotional Masochists
Shelves: religion
Should be called "Forgiveness? It would take a miracle." Part of the unofficial second-tier LDS canon. Kimball uses an interesting literary device, devoting the vast majority of his book to all the reasons one needs forgiveness, from french kissing to extramarital sex, from lusting after a 68 Camaro to sitting in the wrong seat on the school bus and therefore missing out on a predestined obligation to testify to that dopey kid who played the tuba. In the end, it all wraps around to the idea that...more
Kurt
The first half of this book will tear you down and make you feel like you need to go see your bishop for even the smallest little thing like taking the last Oreo cookie out of the cookie jar. But then the last half of this book will show you the true power of the atonement and what Christ has done for us. I would recommend this book to anyone but remember to finish the whole book before you talk to your bishop.
Liesel
This book could be highly recommended for perfect people as a device to flay themselves.

I am an active member of the church. This is not coming from an anti-Mormon or from someone with an ax to grind with Pres. Kimball. I personally don't believe every little thing that a leader of the church says or writes is scripture, especially before he is the Prophet. This book is a case in point.

I remember when I first read it as a teen, I went into a depression for about a month thinking that I was defin...more
Scott
Oct 02, 2007 Scott rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are perfect
Shelves: religion
I don't get why this is such a famous book within Mormondom. It is basically just a rule book. I've heard that to soften the blow, you're supposed to start with the last two chapters, then read the whole book. To me the last two chapters were just so-so, and they definitely didn't make up for the harshness of the rest of the book. Do people really recommend this to people who suffering emotionally and struggling to gain forgiveness? I read this on my mission (my most righteous period in my life)...more
-uht!
Oct 01, 2007 -uht! rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who think guilt is virtuous
Shelves: bullshit
uh oh. i put my winkey by her who-ha. thank goodness the creator of the multiverse, inventor of quantum mechanics, space, time, and all that exists, had nothing better to do than to concern himself with the juxtaposition of the naughty bits of a singular species in all the universe. how groovy of him.

hmmm... wait a minute... why *doesn't* he have anything better to do? i mean... the universe is a big place with a lot going on. i guess it just goes to show how awesome he really is. so awesome tha...more
Tamra
Apr 11, 2008 Tamra rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mormons with strong dispositions
Shelves: own-currently
I read this book as a supplement to a RS lesson I was teaching. I'd read chapters in this book before (when I was struggling with those topics), but hadn't made it past chapter 6, which everyone should skip. Chapter 6 is an out-of-date view on homosexuality. The church approaches homosexuality differently now, and with more compassion.

Some of the things were hard for me to take--like his opinion that women shouldn't wear shorts and that teenagers shouldn't drive cars. But when you focus on the d...more
Alicia Krauchuk Fenton
No particular reason to read, just heard it was good and decided to read it.
It's uh...very humbling to read. A good tweak for the soul! :-)
I noticed a friend was reading one of his books and remembered this one. I would recommend reading this book every few years or so just to, uh, keep on track. :-)
Very compassionate and straight forward.
Amy LaVange
I'm not so sorry to say that I hated this book. Keep your forgiveness.
Peter Boling
Death is preferred over rape? Really? Lunacy.
Richard Dutcher
A psychologically damaging book.
Calle
In Kimball's book, everybody is evil, including the coffee drinker, but none more so than the homosexual. Kimball finds it regrettable that today's society is more tolerant towards homosexuals than in Old Testament times when homosexuals and other fornicators were stoned to death. No wonder gay mormons are driven to suicide, and not only gay mormons, but all mormons will inevitably fail to live up to Kimball's impossible moral standards (one possible reason people in Utah consume so much antidep...more
Ben
I feel that this is one of the most over-rated unofficial Mormon texts of all time. While I can't say that there are any doctrinal problems with the text, I felt that it misrepresented the gospel. The first half or so of the book is designed to help you understand that you are a worthless sinner. Really, the people who are inclined to read it are also generally inclined to recognize their guilt already. This means that the book first focuses on piercing their tender hearts with deep wounds (see...more
Wesmanlv
this book has several problematic issues. The main one being that is is just silly bigotry. Masturbation leads to homosexuality? Homosexuality leads to bestiality? Is Kimball for real? I am amazed at the numbers of raters to 'love' this book. Are they saying they actually believe such nonsense? I have yet to see (and i am 100% sure i never will see) any and i do mean ANY proof that such statements have any truth whatsoever. And -if the book promotes those two lies, than i can only assume that on...more
Mike Martin
A horrendous book meant to use extreme guilt to make people conform to Mormonism's rigid lifestyle. It takes the most natural and healthy of human desire and turn it into deep "sin."

One such gem revolves around avoiding masturbation because it can lead to homosexuality. It even implies that this can lead to even further grotesque sexual perversion (i.e. bestiality).

Overall, a book that can be very destructive to the very people it's supposedly trying to help.
Paul
A better title for this book might be "It's a Miracle Jesus Even Likes You". The author, Mr. Kimball, has the audacity to suggest that a women would be better off dead than to give into a rapist. Is he suggesting that the victim bears at least some of the responsibility for such a horrendous deed?

He also suggests that masturbation may lead to homosexuality.

There's a lot of judging in this book and very little about forgiveness.
Rich Mccue
Kimball teaches that Masturbation leads to homosexuality and that Homosexuality leads to bestiality. He was writing about "problems" that he had encountered anecdotally in counseling church members, but which more recent studies shows is completely wrong. Thank goodness he was wrong!
bethany malouf
This book I cannot quite get over. I wasn't given the warning others did to read the last chapter first and so spent the entire book in despair over my wretchedness. Not something you can cure with one chapter.
Richard
A guilt-laden piece who's main purpose, in my opinion, is to scare people into keeping inline with the LDS morality code. I admire what he tried to do, but he went about it entirely the wrong way.
Scott
May 29, 2009 Scott rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bishops--after reading this, I wonder why so many recommend it. They need a new option to recommend.
At least it ends on a positive note (Matt 11:28-30). Since the first few lines of a review are usually all people see, I'll put my overall impressions here. I must say in fairness that this did bring a positive change in my life, and the last 2 chapters are very nice and encouraged me to come to Christ more fully. HOWEVER, this book is full of statements that are theologically incomplete and would be misunderstood if taken out of context. In the second to last chapter, SWK addresses just such a...more
Jenny
Wow this was an intense read, and took me awhile to get through. But was very insightful and has given me a deeper understanding of the gospel. One quote from this book that stuck out to me was: 'Jesus may stand and knock, but each of us decides whether to open. The Spirit is powerless to compel a man to move. The man himself must take the initiative. He must himself desire to repent and take the specific steps. He must, as Paul counseled, " put on the whole armor of God," and thus insure that h...more
Joe
Perhaps the best book I have read on the Gospel (other than the Scriptures themselves, of course.) Every page --almost every paragraph--humbled me and my sole (and my soul's) desire was to repent. My understanding of the Atonement has never been clearer, and my reverence for my Savior has never been as profound as when I read this book. As I read it, I felt as if God was removing my heart of stone and replacing it with one of flesh.
Hyrum
Excellent book. I like the list of all sins on page 25. I expect that I'll be working my way through that list for the rest of my life. This is the first book that introduced me to the concept of "Sins of Omission". I've often heard the words "I've never done anything wrong". The chapter on Sins of Omission explains that we can also sin when we don't do what we should be doing. This is a must-read for all LDS readers.
Marianne
Often called the "Valley of Despair" book. It begins on the downward plunge to the depths of darkness, and ends on the upward climb to hope. It is eye-opening and comforting, especially if you can make it through the blatantly honest first half. If you do read it, please be aware that the book was written 40 years ago in the prevalent views of the time. One big change in church doctrine since that time is the point of view on homosexuality. The church no longer teaches that homosexuality is a le...more
Emmi
When I read this book as a teenager I loved it. It made me feel empowered and maybe a little smug (whether I realized it or not) because so much of it didn't apply to me directly and was theoretical. This time, while most of the sins he talks about still don't apply to me, I am more acquainted with the world and they do apply to some people I know and care about. I found this a much harder read this time. The language was not just blunt, it was harsh, and I found myself disagreeing with him on a...more
Corinne
Again I'm feeling guilty for giving something only three stars. I guess my expectations for this book were so high it would have been hard to meet them, after years of hearing of it spoken of as one of THE LDS classic must-reads. When all is said and done, I did gain insight from this book and I'm glad I read it.

I didn't know beforehand what the content was going to be-- whether it was a book about forgiving others (the chapter about forgiving others was probably my favorite in the whole book) o...more
Hillary
I read this book years ago and sense have had bitter feelings towards it. Recently I read it again, carefully with a different frame of mind and an intent heart. It is truely a sweet book. While some parts seem condemning, the book is really about love. It is an excellent "how to" for repentance. It illustrates well the intense desire Heavenly has for each of us to live with him again and really places an emphasis on the tender act of the Atonement the Savior personally and willingly committed....more
Kristin
I bought this book at the Atlanta Temple bookstore. Of course it was good. I bought it during a rough time in my life. I was having a hard time forgiving people from my past and a hard time forgiving myself. It helped me to realize that I have a loving Heavenly Father that will help me through any trials that I have been through and face throughout my life. I am so grateful for the Atonement. I know that I would be nothing without it and I honestly don't think I would be where I am today without...more
Marlene
I haven't read this book for a long time. It was surprising to me how "black and white" it is. What a great book to think about. Currently, Gary and I are working with people struggling with substance abuse. It was a wake up call for me to realize how our agency really does affect our lives and the consequences of our actions. I also realize how dependant I am upon the Savior's atonement and hope for forgiveness for my sins and weaknesses. I must say it was a hard book to read but I'm glad I too...more
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Born on March 28, 1895, in Salt Lake City, Spencer W. Kimball grew up in Thatcher, Arizona. After completing a mission and marrying Camilla Eyring, he settled in Safford, Arizona, to raise his family and run an insurance business. Years of Church and community leadership preceded his calling as an Apostle in 1943. Overcoming severe health problems, he became Church President on December 30, 1973,...more
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