By Everett L. Worthington Jr.
This book gives six steps to forgiving yourself and breaking free from the past. Everett Worthington does this by relating two very difficult incidents in his life that causes great difficulty in achieving self-forgiveness.
Dr. Worthington not only uses methods of psychology but uses truths of Scripture to bring a person out of self-condemnation and be able to repair relationships with others and the relationship of self with God.
A person must be able to receive God’s forgiveness in order to forgive self. If it is possible, confession to a person harmed, apology, and restitution must be made to repair relationships. Even after this is done, thoughts may dwell over and over in the person’s mind of the incident which occurred. These must be resolved to move on with life.
REACH is used to overcome emotional self-forgiveness. Dr. Worthington uses this acrostic to give five steps to achieve this emotional self-forgiveness. This leads to rebuilding self-acceptance which has vanished from the beginning of the initial problem.
The last step includes the resolve to live virtuously. Many Scriptures are used as well as quotations from various people to convince and produce success in this difficult endeavor. The desire is to leave a life of self-blame and shame and move on to a positive and productive life. I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.