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Book Review: The Truth About Forgiveness

Dan

 

John MacArthur doesn't hold back in this "little" book about forgiveness. While the book was short and quick to read - I wouldn't say that it was easy nor fun to read. It's not fun being reminded and presented with our sin and guilt - and MacArthur doesn't really beat around the bush. He starts off with a reminder that the "only true remedy involves humble repentance and confession, then restitution and growth..." (pg. 9) Normally authors wait at least until they are in the second chapter to present the problem and the remedy {ha}. I love that he doesn't wait though. He reminds us that we ALL need to be forgiven - that we ALL are sinners and LOST without Christ and that is most important. We can't be forgiven or forgive others until we see our own desperate need for forgiveness and our deep sinfulness. 

I love how MacArthur closes the book with the reminder that "no tears can atone for sin. No number of good deeds can make amends for wrong we have done against God. No quantity of prayer or personal devotion can extenuate our guilt or cover it in any way." (pg. 113) The only way to find real forgiveness and freedom from our sin is through Christ.

In this book MacArthur is clear, concise, and a bit blunt. I think that this book would be a great tool to share with someone who is possibly new to the faith or doesn't quite understand what true and real forgiveness looks like- as long as there is someone to walk along beside them as they read and try to understand what he's talking about. I think that it would also be a great small group discussion guide for believers to use - not only because it's short but because it can and should bring up great conversations on what forgiveness is, why it's important, what it looks like in the life of a believer, and why we should offer it to others who have hurt us. 

*This book was given to me free through BookSneeze, a book review blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I shared are my own.