It doesn't matter if you're male, female, believer, unbeliever, young, old. Every single person on this earth struggles with forgiveness. It is unnatural for us to forgive and our society has ingrained in us that forgiveness is weakness. So this book by Alsup is a refreshing point of view with a biblical foundation.
The book is structured with eight chapters, including an introduction and a conclusion:
- Joseph Wept
- Our Greatest Need
- In The Middle
- The Reckoning
- Judah's Turn
- Amazing Grace
- Foundation Work
- Cracks of Gold
The book covers the entire process of forgiveness: repentance, forgiveness, reconciliation. It uses the story of Joseph in Genesis as a support.
I appreciate Alsup's vulnerability in sharing her personal experiences and struggles with unforgiveness, journey to forgiveness, and practical steps to reconciliation. I also appreciate that she does not claim that forgiveness is a 5-step process but rather a unique, challenging, and rewarding journey for each person. Forgiveness would be an easy task if it were anything but and thus we would fail to learn anything of our Lord or others. She also doesn't sugar coat the seriousness of unforgiveness. There is deep conviction but also intense hope in each chapter.
Forgiveness is often a very difficult challenge, but Alsup helps us to realize the hope and reward we have in Christ.
I received a copy of this book from The Good Book Company in exchange for an honest review.