Struggling to Forgive
Forgiveness is central to Christian faith. The example of Christians forgiving others is often heralded as one of the great signs of Christian love. But the call to forgive can have a darker side for victims particularly for victims of injustice and trauma: it can add to their despair and guilt if they do not ‘feel’ love or the ability to forgive. In this empathetic book Dr Atkinson explores what the call to forgive really means for a victim of a trauma such as abuse or terrorism. What do we do when we forgive? Using potent anecdotes and illustrations she explores what Jesus actually taught about forgiveness and justice. She then outlines practical ways in which we can let go of resentments after such traumas.