Book Review

Forgiving What you Can’t Forget – Book Review

Amazon Reviews and Ratings

The author has an impressive 4.8 out 5 rating on Amazon from a very relatable point-of-view as she opens with a strong betrayal of infidelity. The negative reviews had a common thread of non-Christian readership which stung of a contradictory mind set over the concept of forgiveness. Other than from a mental health state of being, what is the purpose of forgiveness for the agnostic or other non-believers? Therefore, what would the reason be to review the book in such negative light other than to dissuade others from gaining insight into Terkeurst’s message? It was more understandable to accept the one- and two-star reviews on condition and shipping speed. 

Forgiving What you Can’t Forget; Discover How to Move On, Make Peace with Painful Memories, and Create a Life That’s Beautiful Again

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Response to Negative Comments

Other negative comments on Forgiving What You Can’t Forget, focused on Terkeurst’s use of supporting Bible passages. Most Christian readers look for this to tie back to their own interfaith work from studying the gospels. Here TerKeurst does not overuse this writing technique. To turn a phrase, quite the contrary. For example, in the final chapters the use of an emotional trauma and the supporting Bible verses in gray block is very encouraging. Most of the verses used are well known passages. Actually, reading her situation with an applied Bible verse was comforting. 

Response to Positive Comments

It was odd to read an entire book in the first person. I usually find first-person writing to come across as smug or arrogant. Case in point, Terkeurst’s smooth, articulate writing style makes the reader feel more like a confidante. Discover, chapter after chapter. Unfolding each set of hurtful circumstances in her own world. The reader can quickly identify with their own friends, families and strangers. As a result, how to make peace with painful memories. A case-in-point similar to Tertkeurst. Positive Amazon comments substantiate how helpful the book was to many readers. Anyone who have struggled with forgiveness and painful life experiences. All who desire to create a life that’s beautiful again.


In conclusion, is Forgiving What We Don’t Forget worth the read? Answer. Well worth the read and now one of my favorite Christian books. I particularly liked the handsome book jacket. The picture of the girl white-washing over the wall is effectually poignant. The print was an easy font on soft on muted paper. Another point, every chapter had what I like to refer to as a breather page (or cheat page). This is a page that has an illustration, pointed saying of large script comments from the text which gives the reader a sense of accomplishment turning the page. This series also comes in a workbook with curriculum study course.   

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