Unpacking Forgiveness

Unpacking Forgiveness

Biblical Answers for Complex Questions and Deep Wounds

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

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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 is, pastors and counselors disagree profoundly on this subject. Unpacking Forgiveness combines sound theological thinking and honesty about the complicated questions many face to provide readers with a solid understanding of biblical forgiveness.

Only God's Word can unpack forgiveness. The wounds are too deep for us to find healing on our own, and the questions are too complex to be unraveled by anything but the wisdom of God. This book goes beyond a feel-good doctrine of automatic forgiveness, balancing the beauty of God's grace and the necessity of forgiveness with the teaching that forgiveness must take place in a way that is consistent with justice.

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  • Acknowledgments,
  • Introduction: The Forgiveness Quiz,
  • 1 How to Begin Unpacking
  • 2 Motivation to Unpack
  • 3 Defining Forgiveness: The Divine Pattern
  • 4 Defining Forgiveness for Christians
  • 5 More Than a Feeling
  • 6 The Way Up Is Down
  • 7 Unpack with Great Urgency
  • 8 Should I Just Get Over It?
  • 9 How Should I Go about It?
  • 10 What If I Won't Forgive?
  • 11 How Should I Respond to the Unrepentant? Two Principles
  • 12 How Should I Respond to the Unrepentant? A Third Principle
  • 13 How Can I Conquer Bitterness?
  • 14 How Can I Stop Thinking about It?
  • 15 What If Christians Cannot Agree?
  • 16 Final Thoughts
  • Appendix 1: More Forgiveness Questions
  • Appendix 2: What Other Authors Say about Conditional Forgiveness
  • Appendix 3: Biblical Words for Forgiveness
  • Select Bibliography
  • Scripture Index
  • General Index


Author Chris Brauns
ISBN 9781581349801
Format Paperback
First published October 2008
Dimensions 152mm x 227mm x 15mm
Language English
Pages 240
Publisher Crossway

Jerry Bridges

Author, The Pursuit of Holiness

Forgiveness of one another is one of the most important subjects in the Bible, and yet one so often misunderstood. Now Christopher Brauns has done a magnificent job in helping us understand the true nature of biblical forgiveness. Every Christian will profit from reading and applying this book.

Ray Pritchard

President, Keep Believing Ministries; author of Credo, Discovering God's Will for Your Life, and The Amazing Journey of Faith

Here is a book that lives up to its title. Forgiveness remains a distant dream for many people precisely because they don't know what it means, where to begin or what to expect. Blending contemporary stories with the teaching of the Bible, Christopher Brauns unpacks forgiveness so that we can be set free from bitterness. I especially appreciated his emphasis on coming back to the character of God and learning to delight in him as the only way forward when we have been deeply hurt. A book to be read on your knees. It could change your life.

J. Ligon Duncan III

Chancellor, CEO, and John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary

There is no more common or urgent pastoral need in the church today than to cultivate the gospel practice of forgiveness. Christians need to know what the Bible teaches and live it out, radically. Unpacking Forgiveness: Biblical Answers for Complex Questions and Deep Wounds is an engaging, convicting, but emphatically encouraging treatment of this hugely important (and sometimes mind-bogglingly challenging) part of life. Dr. Brauns writes from the standpoint of a faithful, wise, experienced, and caring pastor who has seen the heartbreak of an unforgiving spirit at work in the lives of people, but also the power of grace in the hearts of Christians who have learned to forgive and be forgiven.

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