Finding Forgiveness: Discovering the Healing Power of the Gospel by Stanley Gale. Reformation Heritage Books, 2016. 120 pages.
Stanley Gale’s book on forgiveness is an informative, immensely practical read. Reformation Heritage Books has a talent for publishing solid, theologically grounded books that are at the same time relatable. “Finding Forgiveness” is no exception.
In many ways, this book reflects information I remembered from Jay Adams’ “From Forgiven To Forgiving.” The difference between saying “sorry” and the act of forgiveness is explored, all concepts and application are rooted in the Bible, and the steps involved in forgiveness are laid out. Gale packs his book with helpful illustrations while also continually pinning the concept of forgiveness to the Gospel. Common questions relating to forgiveness, such as “If I don’t forgive, can I lose my salvation?” and “Can I forgive myself?” are addressed.
There was no concluding chapter summing up the book, and as a result the book did feel a little unfinished. There was also a section regarding the unforgivable sin referenced in Mark 3 which confused me, as I was unsure if Gale meant to say that unbelief in general was the unforgivable sin. Some illustrations given will probably be dated in about ten years. However, the substance of the book overshadowed these minor discomforts.
There are five chapters, each ending with study questions, which lends itself to group study as well as personal reflection. The size of the book was a boon as well, since it was small enough to fit in my purse without being bulky. I would recommend this book for anyone looking to understand biblical forgiveness.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Cross Focused Reviews.