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Forgiving what you can't forget : discover how to move on, make peace with painful memories, and create a life that's beautiful again
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Lysa TerKeurst is an author and speaker who encourages women to live a Christian life through their faith in Jesus Christ. She is President of Proverbs 31 Ministries, which can be seen online at

Lysa is married to Art TerKeurst. They have three children by birth and adopted two teenage boys from a war-torn orphanage in Liberia, Africa. When they adopted these boys it started a domino effect within their community and other families adopted over 45 children from the same orphanage! She lives with her family near Charlotte, NC. Her books include, Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire With God, Not Food, and Embraced: 100 Devotions to Know God's Love Right Where You Are, and It's Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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*#1 New York Times Bestseller*

You deserve to stop suffering because of what other people have done to you.

Have you ever felt stuck in a cycle of unresolved pain, playing offenses over and over in your mind? You know you can't go on like this, but you don't know what to do next. Lysa TerKeurst has wrestled through this journey. But in surprising ways, she's discovered how to let go of bound-up resentment and overcome the resistance to forgiving people who aren't willing to make things right.

With deep empathy, therapeutic insight, and rich Bible teaching coming out of more than 1,000 hours of theological study, Lysa will help you:

Learn how to move on when the other person refuses to change and never says they're sorry. Walk through a step-by-step process to free yourself from the hurt of your past and feel less offended today. Discover what the Bible really says about forgiveness and the peace that comes from living it out right now. Identify what's stealing trust and vulnerability from your relationships so you can believe there is still good ahead. Disempower the triggers hijacking your emotions by embracing the two necessary parts of forgiveness.
Table of Contents
Introduction: I Still Cry Over What Happenedp. xiii
Chapter 1Forgiveness, the Double-Edged Wordp. 1
Chapter 2Welcome to the Tablep. 13
Chapter 3Is This Even Survivable?p. 25
Chapter 4How Is Forgiveness Even Possible When I Feel Like This?p. 35
Chapter 5Collecting the Dotsp. 55
Chapter 6Connecting the Dotsp. 71
Chapter 7Correcting the Dotsp. 89
Chapter 8Unchangeable Feels Unforgivablep. 105
Chapter 9Boundaries That Help Us Stop Dancing with Dysfunctionp. 119
Chapter 10Because They Thought God Would Save Themp. 139
Chapter 11Forgiving Godp. 155
Chapter 12The Part That Loss Playsp. 171
Chapter 13Bitterness Is a Bad Deal That Makes Big Promisesp. 187
Chapter 14Living the Practice of Forgiveness Every Dayp. 205
The Beauty of Forgivingp. 222
A Journey Through What the Bible Actually Says About Forgivenessp. 224
Lysa's Most Asked Questions on Forgivenessp. 242
Getting the Help You Needp. 248
Some Important Notes to Consider on Abusep. 249
Acknowledgmentsp. 252
Notesp. 256
About the Authorp. 259
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