Biblical Answers for Complex Questions and Deep Wounds
Unpacking Forgiveness helps readers move beyond the wounds and baggage of bitterness, disagreements, and broken relationships.
“True or false: most Christian pastors and counselors agree on what forgiveness is and how it should take place.” This question is part of Chris Brauns’s Forgiveness Quiz that draws readers into his book and gets them thinking about the subject of forgiveness. The truth is, pastors and counselors disagree profoundly on this subject. Unpacking Forgiveness combines sound theological thinking and honesty about the complicated questions many face to provide readers with a solid understanding of biblical forgiveness.
Only God’s Word can unpack forgiveness. The wounds are too deep for us to find healing on our own, and the questions are too complex to be unraveled by anything but the wisdom of God. This book goes beyond a feel-good doctrine of automatic forgiveness. Braun delicately balances the beauty of God’s grace and the necessity of forgiveness with the teaching that forgiveness must take place in a way that is consistent with justice.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Forgiveness Quiz
- How to Begin Unpacking
- Motivation to Unpack
- Defining Forgiveness: The Divine Pattern
- Defining Forgiveness for Christians
- More Than a Feeling
- The Way Up is Down
- Unpack with Great Urgency
- Should I Just Get Over It?
- How Should I Go About It?
- What If I Won’t Forgive?
- How Should I Respond to the Unrepentant?
- Can I Conquer Bitterness?
- How Can I Stop Thinking About it?
- What if Christians Cannot Agree?
- Final Thoughts
“Offenses will come. It’s a given. Unpacking Forgiveness wisely prepares us for the aftermath. Grieving the loss of our six children in a van accident and then being reminded of that loss throughout thirteen years of subsequent battles forced us to search the Scriptures concerning the issue of forgiveness. Chris not only has confirmed answers that we had found but has thoroughly sorted out what it takes to be right with God and man. This is a diligent work with heart.” –Scott Willis
“Forgiveness of one another is one of the most important subjects in the Bible, and yet one so often misunderstood. Now Christopher Brauns has done a magnificent job in helping us understand the true nature of biblical forgiveness. Every Christian will profit from reading and applying this book.” — Jerry Bridges, author, The Pursuit of Holiness
“Here is a book that lives up to its title. Forgiveness remains a distant dream for many people precisely because they don’t know what it means, where to begin or what to expect. Blending contemporary stories with the teaching of the Bible, Christopher Brauns unpacks forgiveness so that we can be set free from bitterness. I especially appreciated his emphasis on coming back to the character of God and learning to delight in him as the only way forward when we have been deeply hurt. A book to be read on your knees. It could change your life.”
— Ray Pritchard, President, Keep Believing Ministries; author of Credo: Discovering God’s Will for Your Life and The Amazing Journey of Faith