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Hurd, R. Scott 

Pauline Books & Media 



Forgiveness: A Catholic Approach

About this Book:

Instead of trying to forget a hurt, it's far better to address what happened in the past by offering the gift of forgiveness. Only in this way can a painful memory be healed so that it no longer fills us with resentment and bitterness, or a desire for revenge. This revised and expanded edition of Forgiveness: A Catholic Approach will equip and inspire you to move toward forgiving those who have hurt you. With the power of God's grace, you can work through the process of forgiveness and find freedom in Christ.

This book teaches all about forgiveness: what forgiveness is and what it isn't; how to forgive and why. It addresses questions that Catholics grapple with today more than ever before: forgiving the Church; working with anger; forgiving when we can't reconcile; forgiving and not condoning behavior; and how forgiveness doesn't mean we forget, but helps us remember differently.

Filled with many vignettes of contemporary transgressions that have been transformed through acts of forgiveness-including situations of domestic violence, the Rwandan genocide, and the attacks of September 11, 2001-author Scott Hurd insightfully includes a chapter on "Forgiving the Church," which many believers will find helpful as we continue to struggle with the revelations of sexual abuse by clergy and its cover-up.

Hurd's Forgiveness: A Catholic Approach faithfully reveals the many misunderstood dimensions of forgiveness: it's not something to be earned, forced, or deadline-driven. Forgiving is a decision, a process, and often a lifelong journey.

About the Author:

Scott Hurd is a Catholic author with over twenty years' experience in professional ministry. He presently serves as Senior Director for Leadership Formation with Catholic Charities USA.

Forgiveness: A Catholic Approach, his first book, received an "Excellence in Publishing" award from the Association of Catholic Publishers.

His third book, "When Faith Feels Fragile: Hope for the Wary, Weak, and Wandering," received an award in 2014 from the Catholic Press Association, placing second in the "Popular Presentation of the Catholic Faith" category. Also, in April of that year it was designated a finalist in the Association of Catholic Publisher's "Excellence in Publishing" award competition in the "Inspirational" category.

He has earned degrees from Oxford University and the University of Richmond and currently lives in his hometown of Alexandria, Virginia, with his three children.

What Are People Saying about this Title?

"I absolutely love this book! Scott Hurd has given us all a straightforward, honest, and practical guide to a Catholic understanding of forgiveness. This book is not simply to read as one would read a novel; rather, it is in the form of a spiritual retreat: at once exhortative, prayerful, and insightful. I found myself reflecting on the important issues raised on almost every page, and that reflection continues long after the reading is done. Forgiveness, as Scott Hurd reminds us, is not for the faint of heart. It lies at the very heart of Christian metanoia and discipleship. This is a book from which everyone can benefit, and it is truly a wonderful gift from an experienced minister of the Gospel to be shared with all."
Deacon William T. Ditewig, PhD, Professor of Theology & Religious Studies, Saint Leo University

"This book links together the need to forgive with what St. Thomas Aquinas calls the deepest desire of the human heart - the desire for happiness. Drawing from real life examples, Scott Hurd sets before us the self-inflicted misery of a constricted, unforgiving heart and the deep joy and spacious happiness that forgiveness bestows. It is a very wise and practical book that clears up the confusion that results from equating forgiveness with being reconciled and offers a ten-step program on acquiring a forgiving heart and the consequent happiness that we all seek."
Marc Foley, OCD, author of The Context of Holiness and Peace of Heart

"Scott Hurd wraps Scripture, theology, and story together to offer readers the gift of a thoughtful examination of the process of forgiveness. Forgiveness: A Catholic Approach is a resource for preachers and spiritual directors and a manual for people looking for guidance in taking the first steps."
Susan M. Timoney, PhD, Executive Director Department of Evangelization and Family Life, Archdiocese of Washington

"Forgiveness is one of the most godlike things that we can do, yet it is so much easier in theory than in practice. Scott Hurd has provided a wonderful manual concerning the need for and the procedures to forgive. He draws upon Sacred Scripture, the wisdom of the saints, and pastoral experience to provide an honest and profound understanding of what true forgiveness means. He carefully warns the reader how to avoid some of the pitfalls and myths of the process of choosing to forgive others and even oneself. He blends psychological with spiritual insights, providing the best of both points of view. This book could easily be used as a source of reflections for a retreat or simply as a reminder of whom and what God has called us to be: sacraments of the mercy of God (visible signs of an invisible reality)."
Fr. Jude Winkler, OFM Conv, author of I Cry To You O Lord!

Product Details:

Binding: Paperback
Category: Spirituality /Personal Growth
Trim size: 5 ¼ x 8
Pages: 192

Keywords: reconcile

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