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In a successful forgiveness exchange, the offended confronts the offender. The offender then repents and accepts responsibility for his or her role in the broken relationship. The offended extends forgiveness, and the offender accepts this forgiveness. Of course, life is not always so simple, and Clendenen and Martin describe unsuccessful forgiveness exchanges and explain what to do when forgiveness is not possible or even desirable. Those who struggle with issues of forgiveness will find this book extremely helpful.
Forgiveness: Finding Freedom through Reconciliation by Avis Clendenen and Troy W. Martin offers help for those who struggle with broken relationships and with unresolved issues with significant others, especially parents and close family members. Clendenen and Martin explore the roles of the offender and the offended and describe forgiveness as an exchange between two people. They reject the prominent cultural idea that someone who is offended can forgive without any interaction with the offender.
Finding Freedom Through Reconciliation
by Avis Clendenen and
(New York: The Crossroads
Publishing Company, 2002)
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Avis Clendenen is Professor of Religious Studies at Saint Xavier University. She has published several books and articles on spirituality and the psychology of religion.
Troy W. Martin is Professor of Biblical Studies at Saint Xavier University. He is a public speaker and the author of numerous books and articles on biblical topics.