Saturday, June 29, 2013

Book Review: When Sorry Isn't Enough

I just finished reading "When Sorry Isn't Enough" by Gary Chapman (of The 5 Love Languages fame) and Jennifer Thomas.  Wow.  What an insightful book.

This book discusses some very important issues about apologies and forgiveness, like:
  • Why we hunger for a real apology when we have been hurt;
  • The components of a complete apology;
  • Why forgiveness isn't the same thing as trust;
  • What forgiveness really is and what it can and cannot do;
  • Why some people will not apologize and what to do when they won't;
  • The danger of forgiving too easily;
  • Forgiving yourself;
  • What our forgiveness "language" is (meaning, what kinds of words do we need to hear in order to feel that we've been given a sincere and complete apology).
The only thing this book doesn't do is something that it can't, and that's take away the hurt of a fractured relationship.  But, it does help one to understand this whole messy process better and hopefully begin the healing process quicker.

This will definitely be a book I use with my kids at some point during their high school/home school career.  As a matter of fact, this book should be mandatory reading for everyone on the planet.  And there should be a test, too. 

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I was provided a free copy of this book by Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.

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