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Christian counsellors Gary Chapman & Jennifer Thomas give practical advice on making things right in your the family
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“In a perfect world there would be no need for apologies,” say the authors, “but because the world is imperfect we cannot survive with out them.” But where do you start? And why is saying sorry sometimes just not enough to mend the hurt caused either deliberately or accidentally.
The truth is that reconciliation is a more powerful healer than justice in putting right a hurt, so it’s vital to your family that you know how to apologise, how to show you’re genuinely sorry and how to accept the apologies and repentance of you family members.
This very positive exploration of saying and being ‘sorry’ assures you that humankind has an amazing capacity to forgive. The apology is merely the enabler in this two party process. With examples from the Bible, from history and from their case files, issues of repentance, forgiveness and restoration are discussed, biblically tested and valuable, practical insights gained.
The authors’ extensive research and counselling experience explains to you what it really means to apologise, why our apologies are sometimes rejected and explores the healing power of true repentance and forgiveness in family relationships.
The final chapters give you practical advice to avoid making mistakes in giving and receiving apologies including things not to say (‘haven’t you got over that’, ‘you’re too sensitive’, ‘what’s the big deal’, ‘why can’t you let things go’… etc) as well as things you should say and mean if you genuinely want to heal a hurt.
This book will help you discover why certain apologies clear the path for emotional healing, reconciliation, and freedom, while others fall desperately short. With its help you can ensure that your words, actions and emotions help - rather than hinder, mending broken relationships moving both the offended and the offender torward a new, stronger, more trusting relationship.
When Sorry Isn't Enough by Gary D Chapman; Jennifer M Thomas was published by Moody in May 2013 and is our 3988th best seller. The ISBN for When Sorry Isn't Enough is 9780802407047.
Introduction: Why This Is Important
1 Righting Wrongs
2 I’m Sorry; Expressing Regret
3 I Was Wrong: Accepting Responsibility
4 How Can I Make It Right: Making Restitution
5 I Want To Change: Genuinely Repenting
6 Can You Find It In Your Heart: Requesting Forgiveness
7 How Do You Say You’re Sorry
8 What If You Don’t Want To Apologise
9 Learning To Forgive
10 Healing Your Family Relationships
11 Choosing To Forgive Yourself;
12 Truly Sorry Truly Forgiven
Things Not To Say When Apologising
Things To Say When Apologising
The Apology Language Profile
GARY CHAPMAN, PhD, is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The 5 Love Languages. With over 30 years of counseling experience, he has the uncanny ability to hold a mirror up to human behavior, showing readers not just where they go wrong, but also how to grow and move forward. Dr. Chapman holds BA and MA degrees in anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University, respectively, MRE and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has completed postgraduate work at the University of North Carolina and Duke University.
JENNIFER M. THOMAS, Ph.D., is a graduate of the University of Virginia and psychologist with Associates in Christian Counseling in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Jennifer counsels on a wide variety of individual and couples' issues from communication to trauma recovery and spiritual healing and is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. Jennifer is co-author of The Five Languages of Apology with Dr. Gary Chapman. Jennifer and her husband, J.T., serve together on the marriage team at their home church and have three children.
|Author / Artist||Gary D Chapman; Jennifer M Thomas|
|Book Format||Paperback / softback|
|Publisher||Moody (May 2013)|
|Number of Pages||175|
|Page last updated||12th July 2018|