In the Non-Fiction Corner With Lauren
The Divine Gift of Forgiveness
In his new book about forgiveness, Neil L. Andersen navigates the tough topic of repentance in a spectacular way. Repentance is not my favorite thing to read about, but Elder Andersen has convinced me it should be because of the marvelous gift that it is. He uses many stories from himself and others, scriptures, quotes and doctrinal teachings to help us understand what it means to truly repent. On the other hand, Elder Andersen also uses examples of how people had to use the atonement in their life when it was necessary for them to forgive someone else. I loved reading the authors personal stories and learning more about him and his life before he became a General Authority.
The best part of the book was when Elder Andersen talked about repentance in relation to the Plan of Salvation. The Lord wants us to repent. He isn’t angry or surprised when we sin, He has given us the opportunity to return to Him through His mercy. He knew we would all need this gift, and just like any parent, He is thrilled when we choose to use what he has given us for our benefit and when we come closer to Him. "While you have made mistakes, these sins do not describe who you are. Your identity is not defined by the sins of this world, but by the righteousness of another."
We can learn so much from the example of Adam and Eve, which Elder Andersen discusses. Elder Andersen also talks about how we can know when we are forgiven, which I think is a question all of us have. So many of my questions and concerns were addressed in this book, and I know it can do the same for anyone who wants to learn more about our divine gift of forgiveness.
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In this book, Elder Andersen writes especially to those who are "awakening" unto God—those who are just beginning to discover or who seek the divine gifts and power of repentance and forgiveness in their lives. The Divine Gift of Forgiveness is organized in such a way that readers can choose the section or chapter that applies most to them and study it without having to have read from cover to cover. Leaders can similarly recommend specific chapters to those with whom they work. Filled with powerful doctrine along with stories and experiences, this book will help all readers become more devoted disciples of the Savior.