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The following are books related to forgiveness that may be helpful.  If a book review has been written and is available on the internet, it is included.  If you would like to comment on or write a review for any of these books or others, please click here

General Reading

The Art of Forgiving : When You Need to Forgive and Don't Know How by Lewis Smedes

Forgive and Forget : Healing the Hurts We Don't Deserve
by Lewis B. Smedes

Forgiveness: A Bold Choice for a Peaceful Heart by Robin Casarjian

Forgiveness : How to Make Peace With Your Past and Get on With Your Life
by Sidney B. Simon, Suzanne Simon


The Unburdened Heart: 5 Keys to Forgiveness and Freedom by Mariah Burton Nelson

Review of The Unburdened Heart


The Power of Apology by Beverly Engel

Visit The Power Of Apology website for information about this new book

Forgiveness and Global Peace

An Ethic For Enemies: Forgiveness in Politics  by Donald Shrive

An Ethic for Enemies:  Forgiveness in Politics presentation by Dr. Shriver with Revs. B. Hehir and D. Christiansen responding. 

My First White Friend : Confessions on Race, Love and Forgiveness by Patricia Raybon

Book review by Gayle Reed

The Forgiveness Factor: Stories of Hope in a World of Conflict by Michael Henderson

Review of book


Between Vengeance and Forgiveness by Martha Minow

Forgiveness and Research

Exploring Forgiveness -  Robert Enright and Joanna North (eds)

Press Release from the U. of Wisconsin Press



Dimensions of Forgiveness : Psychological Research & Theological Perpsectives (Laws of Life Symposia Series, V. 1)
by Everett L. Worthington (Editor), J. Everett Worthington (Editor)

Forgiveness:  Theory, Research and Practice Michael McCullough (ed)


God and the Victim: Theological Reflections on Evil, Victimization, Justice, and Forgiveness
by Lisa Barnes Lampman (Editor), Michelle D. Shattuck (Editor), Charles W. Colson (Foreword)

Forgiveness and Spirituality/Religion

Seventy Times Seven: The Power of Forgiveness by Johann Christoph Arnold




Freedom of Forgiveness
by David W. Augsburger


The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming by Henri Nouwen


The Art of Forgiveness : Theological Reflections on Healing and Reconciliation
by Geiko Muller-Fahrenholz

Forgivenes and other Acts of Love  by Stephanie Dowrick



Forgiveness and Psychology

Forgiving & Not Forgiving : A New Approach to Resolving Intimate Betrayal
by Jeanne Ph.D. Safer

Before Forgiving: Cautionary Views of Forgiveness in Psychotherapy by Sharon Lamb and Jeffrie Murphy

Reviewed by Kathryn Norlock

Forgiveness Stories

The Railway Man : A True Story of War, Remembrance and Forgiveness
by Eric Lomax

Forgiving the Dead Man Walking by Debbie Morris

Recommended by Visitors to The Forgiveness Web

Dying to Live : The Power of Forgiveness by Harold L. Senkbeil