Against the Odds Paperback
True Stories of Healing and Forgiveness
by Carmel Thomason;
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This collection of powerful stories of forgiveness and healing told by everyday people is both absorbing and challenging
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Against the Odds
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This collection of inspirational true stories demonstrate the healing power of forgiveness through ordinary people's experiences of war, crime, terrorism, betrayal, relationship breakdown and the uncertainty of life's path. Aimed at both individual reflection and group study, each story is followed by thoughts from a practitioner or church leader, which can be used to open a conversation about what you've just read, and questions to help you think about the wider issues raised.
Wherever you are in your life right now, this uplifting and practical book will encourage you to think about your own experience of forgiveness - how you might make this gift an everyday part of your life, let go of pain, restore relationships and live your life to the full.
Carmel Thomason is a journalist and writer based in Manchester. She is the author of Every Moment Counts: A Life of Mary Butterwick, which was listed in the top ten Christian books in the Church Times and WHSmith, and has collaborated with the Archbishop of York, writing the stories for John Sentamu's Faith Stories, both published by DLT. Carmel has also contributed to the The Way, The Truth and The Life series published by the Teachers' Enterprise in Religious Education.
Against the Odds by Carmel Thomason was published by BRF in February 2014 and is our 15843rd best seller. The ISBN for Against the Odds is 9781841017396.
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Against The OddsMargaret Walker, via The Good Book Stall
We have all had occasions in life when we have felt hurt—physically, mentally, or emotionally—by the actions of others or by events beyond our control.
In Against the Odds, Carmel Thomason has compiled stories of diverse situations where individuals have resisted the temptation to let their hurts fester into negativity, simmering anger and retaliation. Whether 'religious' people or not they have followed the exhortation of Jesus to forgive 70 times 7, and in so doing have been able to move forward in their lives with enabling freedom.
The stories are compelling reading and surprisingly far-ranging, with stories from prisoners of war, victims of rape, and those who suffered the trauma of the Manchester bombing.
The victims are all inspirational in the sense that, through forgiveness, they have breathed hope into their lives, rather than letting themselves wallow in the dark clutches of the evil they have experienced.
This book will almost certainly help the reader to put into perspective some of the petty grievances and hurts to which they are clinging, and help them in the difficult task of forgiving.
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"This book contains some extraordinarily powerful and compelling stories from those who have faced huge challenges in their lives. They tell of how they have overcome them, and in reading them many will find hope and fresh resolve to face their own situations - or to understand a little more about the experience of others. I recommend it." - The Very Revd John Witcombe, Dean of Coventry.
Details for Against the Odds
|Page last updated||7th May 2016|
|Author / Artist||Carmel Thomason|
|Publisher||BRF (February 2014)|
|Number of Pages||192|