This book explains the forgiveness process in very simple terms which can be easily understood and followed. Not only that, it explains the huge benefThis book explains the forgiveness process in very simple terms which can be easily understood and followed. Not only that, it explains the huge benefits of forgiveness. The release from the stress that resentment brings can be enormous. It is well known that letting go of the past can be like breaking free from heavy chains.
It is also clear that you don’t have to agree that a particular act was right to be able to forgive the person or organisation. In fact, some things are clearly wrong and evil. That doesn’t mean that they cannot be forgiven, as you will discover if you read this book.
The language that Barbara uses is very clear. The order in which she explains everything is logical. That makes it all very easy to follow.
It is also clear that the author is compassionate and takes time to understand the concerns of her clients. Through he writing, she connects with the reader. At least, that is how I felt.
I confess that I knew Barbara before I read her book, but my what I read in this book just served to confirm my opinion of her as a caring, compassionate person who really understands this subject. She has many years of personal and case experience and refers to this throughout the book.
For me, there was far too much preamble before I reached the explanation of the process itself. Two-thirds of the book is taken up with explaining what “forgiveness” is and is not and the meanings of “resentment” and “ego.” There are also lots of quotes from other books on the topic; too many for me. However, they are all relevant and I am sure that other readers will place great value in them.
I raised my concern that it took too long to get to the forgiveness made easy process with the author. Her advice was to skip straight through to the process. So, my advice to you, dear potential reader, is to start reading from the beginning. If you start getting to the point where you can’t wait any longer to get into the process, go straight to it. You can come back and read more about forgiveness, resentment and ego at a later date.
Having said all of that, I can tell you that this book is excellent and will bring you real benefits. You will learn a lot. You will learn a lot about yourself. You will discover people, organisations, events and acts that you need to forgive, some of which will surprise you. You probably have some self-forgiveness to go through. That’s right! You need to forgive yourself.
Then, when you come to the process, you will find it fairly easy, even if it is traumatic, to follow. And it works!
Finally, and coincidentally, in parallel to Forgiveness Made Easy, I was reading a psychological suspense novella from which I take the following quote. It was like a blinding light, summarising the big message from Barbara J Hunt’s splendid book.
'Every box I threw away, every cupboard I emptied – it was as though I was peeling layers of resentment off myself. I’d hated the hoard for so long, and now it was disappearing. Guess I cleared the crap in my head as well.’ – from Blackwater Lake by Maggie James....more
After a promising start, this book seemed to cruise along at a leisurely pace until the final three or four chapters. I didn't find it scary at all, aAfter a promising start, this book seemed to cruise along at a leisurely pace until the final three or four chapters. I didn't find it scary at all, although the chilling shower scene made me a bit shivery.
As a believer in the interconnectedness of everything, through time as well as space, the concept of links between the main character, Sadie, and others in the present and those of the seventeenth century was easily consumed. However, the ending, which I shall not spoil for you, bordered on the ridiculous and unbelievable.
It was a captivating and interesting story in that I always wanted to read on to find out what happened next. I got a little bored with the railing against the Essex girl stereotype and Sadie's attempts to prove that wrong. It was almost as if she was carrying a banner saying, "Essex gals ain't fick!"
I enjoyed the true history of those witch hunt days and the suggestion, probably true, that there was a battle of the classes behind much of the horror. One thing is for sure, the witch, once accused, could not survive. Most of us know about the trial by ducking stool. If the accused drowned, it proved that she was not a witch, but she would be dead. If she survived, she was definitely a witch and would be hanged or burned at the stake. Heads you lose, tails you lose!
I felt that there was too much about the challenges that face almost every freelance journalist and novelist and the fact that it is very difficult to earn a living that way. This seemed like the every-day gripes of the author creeping into her story.
Having said all of this, I would still recommend the book to those who like a good historical yarn and are interested in those puritanical times and the local history of Essex.
I would probably read another book by this author, but I have many higher priorities on my TBR mountain....more
Historical fiction has always been my favourite genre since I first read Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff whWell researched: a story well told.
Historical fiction has always been my favourite genre since I first read Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff when I was eight years old. I have my favourite authors in this genre and Michael Jecks has just added his name to my list.
He is a true master of historical fiction. And, having met the man, I can report that he is a modest master. He took the time to speak to me, as an equal, although I know that I am not, while we were both attending the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School in 2016. That encounter has not influenced this review.
There are many murders in this gory story, yet it all seems very authentic and realistic. It is certainly very well researched. The author has put a lot of effort into getting it right. Initially, it is difficult to get to grips with all the characters and their inter-relationships. There is political wrangling and, as per the modern day, the banks are very powerful. Even within the family-run bank, there is internal conflict.
True to history, King Edward II has recently been forced to abdicate in favour of his young son whose regent is his mother, advised by her lover, Sir Roger Mortimer.
Throughout the whole novel, we are set to wonder about the motives of those who seek to rescue Edward of Caernarfon, as the King has become, imprison him, assassinate him, re-install him as King. In the main, it is also difficult to work out who are allies and who are foes. This is deliberate and effective. Almost to the very end, you, the reader, are solving the puzzles.
This is a great read. I highly recommend it to all fans of historical fiction, especially of the medieval era. ...more