I enjoyed reading this book. Here are a few of the things I learned.
- Forgiveness is not a feeling. Forgiveness is a choice to end the cycle of revenge and leave justice in the hands of God.
- Forgiveness seems to have the capacity to alter suffering from something that is purely destructive to something that has profound redemptive qualities.
- Unforgiveness has a devastating way of eliminating new possibilities. Everything remains chained to the past, and the suffered injustice becomes the single informing event in the life of the embittered soul.
- The way of forgives does not forget the past, but through truth and reconciliation it finds a way beyond toxic memory. It is the way of restorative justice.
Ben Sherwood conducted research on how some people mange to survive traumatic events that have a high rate of fatality.
He interviewed survivors, talked to doctors, and other researchers and then he complied his findings in a book titled The Survivors Club. He also explains how people can improve their chances of survival during a crisis event.
I thought it was an interesting book.
If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride – and never quit, you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards. (Bear Bryant)
With hard work and dedication, anything is possible. (Timothy Weah)
When you see validation for a life’s work and dedication, it’s a beautiful day. (Mary Gauthier)
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. (Mahatma Gandhi)
Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness. (Marianne Williamson)
The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive, but do not forget. (Thomas Szasz)
When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future. (Bernard Meltzer)
Forgiveness is for yourself because it frees you. It lets you out of that prison you put yourself in. (Louise L. Hay)
The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. (Oprah Winfrey)
God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. (Voltaire)
Don’t just count your years, make your years count. (George Meredith)
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. (Nelson Mandela)
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. (Winston Churchill)
You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor. (Aristotle)
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. (Mark Twain)
This book teaches people in need of change to help people in need of change. Here are a few interesting tips I discovered while reading Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands.
- Our eyes can be so focused on the problem that we miss the person and the struggles within.
- We build relationships by identifying with suffering.
- Enter their world, get to know what they are facing, and help them understand their resources in Christ to face their particular situation.
Road Map to Change
- Consideration – What does God what the person to see?
- Confession – What does God what the person to admit or confess?
- Commitment – To what new ways of living is God calling this person?
- Change – How should these new commitments be applied to daily living?