Harvest House Publishers
When a book begins with the author praying for the reader, watch out! Ray Pritchard is serious about the subject of forgiveness and this passion translates into some powerful pages.
Although this topic is common in Christian circles, the author brings some fresh insights to the table. He examines forgiveness from several different angles, which creates a more complete picture for the believer. Most noteworthy is his clarification of several “difficult” passages of Scripture on this subject. His understanding of these verses brings glory to God and an urgent motivation to the reader.
And that’s what this book is all about. Ray Pritchard doesn’t want people to just read this book and walk away. He wants them to read the book and then run to restore any damaged relationships in their lives. His practical advice offers a workable plan to do that very thing. While never minimizing the emotions that accompany this topic, the author draws on the power and the presence of the Lord to bring about healing and freedom. He shows the reader that forgiveness is not only the right thing to do; it’s really the only true option for a child of God.
There is honesty and humility in these pages. While some may begin reading this book with hands clenched in anger, by the last page, those same hands will be open to accept this wonderful teaching Ray Pritchard acts as a friend and counselor, and his writing style has a genuine element of sincerity. His personal knowledge of the Word, combined with his applicable interpretation of it, has enabled him to write a book that is both sensitive and dynamic. -- Joyce Handzo, Christian Book Previews.com
Economic loss and property damage caused by Hurricane Katrina is expected to reach $200 billion. It will take years before citizens of Mississippi and Louisiana recover from one of the nation’s worst natural disasters and many blame the government for not responding rapidly enough. How can evacuees and those who rode out the storm in neighborhoods forgive leaders for the help that came too late?
Respected pastor and author Ray Pritchard says that he is “more convinced than ever that the key to forgiveness lies in the middle syllable. Forgiveness is something we ‘give’ to those who don’t deserve it.” In his new book, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, Pritchard says that the courage to extend forgiveness is possible only when we understand the magnitude of God’s love, His eagerness to erase every sin we commit, and the freedom that results when forgiveness is given. We have trouble forgiving others because it forces us to acknowledge our own sin, admit that we are not better than others, and because we fear punishment from the Lord. He further states that forgiveness isn’t about those who hurt us deeply; rather it’s about our relationship with God. Pritchard will offer reassurance that once we confess sin to God it is forgotten and will never be projected on a giant screen for all to see on judgment day. He will state that spiritual growth stops as long as relational sins and wrong attitudes are harbored, and that forgiving others takes courage but pays big dividends. In addition to setting us free from stored up anger, bitterness and hurt, forgiveness allows us to let go of the past and move forward in life.