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Lewis B. Smedes

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Forgive and Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don't Deserve

Amazon reader review: My father used the parable at the beginning of this book as a sermon illustration while I was home over Christmas break. Three weeks later, I was struggling with some personal issues and remembered this book. I read it, and my entire outlook on life changed. I realized that what the angel says is right. "You cannot change the past, you can only heal the hurt that comes to you from the past. And you can only heal it with the vision of the magic eyes." In reading this book, I learned what it means to look at someone with eyes of love. It means that you see them as who they are, with no exclusions. They are people who hurt you, but they may also be people who have been hurt themselves, or who are weak in some area. You learn to see this and forgive them the hurt they dealt you. This is what love is.

 

 

Shame and Grace: Healing the Shame We Don't Deserve

Amazon reader review: If you have addictions of any kind, you should read this book. At the core of what keeps us addicted is often shame and the rejection of the power of grace. We may be shamed by ourselves, our family, our church or our society. We miss the magnitude and scope of God's grace. Satan thrives on that and convinces us how despicable we are, driving us further into our addictions (how can a miserable person like me deserve to be close to God). A vicious cycle, which was close to being broken, continues anew. This book helps us understand that, which gets us on the path to recovery.

 

 

The Art of Forgiving

When a heinous act is committed, sometimes one wonders if forgiveness is even possible. Lewis B. Smedes would certainly advise it. "When we forgive," he says, "we set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner we set free is us." In an easy-to-read yet astute analysis of the meaning and value of forgiveness, Smedes teaches the reader that more than anything, forgiveness is a way of healing. He takes as his model the Judeo-Christian God and outlines the many subtleties involved in forgiveness, such as distinguishing anger from hate, and noting that we only forgive those we blame (including ourselves). Forgetting may be more difficult, but at least The Art of Forgiving can help us along the path toward release and healing.

 

 

Mere Morality: What God Expects from Ordinary People

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A Life of Distinction : What It Takes to Live with Courage, Honesty, and Gratitude

God calls ordinary people to become people of superior character–even while he calls us to be deeply human. In A Life of Distinction, respected author Lewis B. Smedes shows what it means to be a man or woman of character and teaches readers how, with God’s help, they can achieve that goal–becoming exactly the kind of person they have always longed to be.

 

 

 

Love Within Limits: Realizing Selfless Love in a Selfish World

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Learning to Live the Love We Promise
Each one of us enjoys deep relationships held together by an invisible cord called commitment, and every important community depends on the strength of that unseen cord. At times, we find it a joy to keep our commitments. At others, it seems difficult–even impossible–to honor those spoken and unspoken pledges.

If you deeply desire to make and keep commitments…If you want insight into what makes relationships work– or to learn what to do when a relationship is in crisis…If you feel trapped by a bad commitment and wonder if you can experience grace and a new beginning…

Best-selling author Lewis Smedes offers insights that will profoundly affect the way you interact with and relate to others. Find out what you and those you love can gain from committed relationships; discover how to cope when someone close to you breaks your trust; and determine which, if any, relationships should continue forever–as well as how you can make these relationships last–in
Learning to Live the Love We Promise.


 

How Can It Be All Right When Everything Is All Wrong?
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