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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

The Heart Mender

David A. ZimmerPrint

The Heart Mender: A Story of Second Chances
by Andy Andrews

Comment: "I have been looking forward to reading this book. It is my second exposure to Andy Andrews. My first was a CD series called the Traveler's Gift. Andy has one of those styles where his storyline captivates you all the while he's teaching you about life principles. Once I started listening to the Traveler's Gift in the car, I found myself taking longer routes or going around the block one more time just so I could hear what was next. I learned a lot about history and life principles at the same time.

I started reading this book and the same thing happened. I typically only have time to read 3-5 pages at a time, so it takes me some time to read through any book of length. I'm finding with book I am sitting longer and reading typically chapters at a time. I've only read a few chapters, but I find it captivating. I'll report back when I've finished the book about my lessons learned.

Epilogue: This books describes actual events in history. Two "enemies" find forgiveness through shared experiences and the need to forgive. The situations seemed impossible to forgive - death of the only family members each character felt love by. Both characters are without hope. But through the hopelessness, they find each other and build a life together that endured many years and hardships.

I learned several things through this story. That when there is hopelessness, then there is the greatest chance for hope. Through forgiveness, there is freedom. Freedom is not free, but always costs something. In this case, they both gained freedom through forgiving the past and letting go of the hurt and pain. Funny thing though, the people they needed to forgive were not available to ask forgiveness. They had no one who would come to them and say they were sorry.

Forgiveness does not start with the one who needs to be forgiven. Forgiveness begins with the person who needs to forgive. Without forgiving, the forgiver is bound. Through forgiveness, we free ourselves from the bondage of our unforgiveness. I have learned this in my own life through the hurts and misdeeds perpetrated on me by others. While the other person felt he or she were in the right and didn't need to ask forgiveness from me, I was bound by the hurts and pains until I forgave them.

Forgiveness, whether warranted or not, from me, was the cost I paid to gain my freedom. As a result, I can focus on the positive and move forward.

If you are harboring unforgiveness for something someone or some situation has done to you, I'd recommend this book. You'll see how it brings freedom and a new outlook on life.

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