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Against The Odds
True Stories of Forgiveness And Healing
by Carmel Thomason
Publisher:BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship)
We have all had occasions in life when we have felt hurt—physically, mentally, or emotionally—by the actions of others or by events beyond our control.
In Against the Odds, Carmel Thomason has compiled stories of diverse situations where individuals have resisted the temptation to let their hurts fester into negativity, simmering anger and retaliation. Whether 'religious' people or not they have followed the exhortation of Jesus to forgive 70 times 7, and in so doing have been able to move forward in their lives with enabling freedom.
The stories are compelling reading and surprisingly far-ranging, with stories from prisoners of war, victims of rape, and those who suffered the trauma of the Manchester bombing.
The victims are all inspirational in the sense that, through forgiveness, they have breathed hope into their lives, rather than letting themselves wallow in the dark clutches of the evil they have experienced.
This book will almost certainly help the reader to put into perspective some of the petty grievances and hurts to which they are clinging, and help them in the difficult task of forgiving.
Reviewer: Margaret Walker (26/03/14)