by Edward F. Mrkvicka, Jr.
with Kelly Helen Mrkvicka
OVERVIEW: (FROM AMAZON)
Today’s forgiveness does just the opposite of what forgiveness is supposed to do - put another way, secular forgiveness causes more harm than good. The one doing the forgiving is never made whole again, while the one sinning is left in the same wretched condition. But true Christian forgiveness is a blessing to all. After reading The Sin of Forgiveness, you’ll know the beauty of true Christian forgiveness, perhaps for the first time.
The Sin of Forgiveness is a well-written and easy to follow commentary on the confusion in the Christian church today concerning forgiveness. It's author, Edward F. Mrkvicka, Jr. points out that because many Christians have mixed Biblical forgiveness with worldly wisdom, they are at risk of disobedience to God and have put their salvation at risk.
The book explains that when we don't live by the scriptures, but instead follow the ways of the world, there is a price to pay. Forgiveness is no exception. While we know that God loves us because of His sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross for our sins, we cannot turn our backs on that gift and believe we are right with God. We must realize that to reject God and His Word brings judgment. Many times things happen to people and they ask God why He did this or that to them. What they don't understand is that wrong doing without repentance opens the door to more bad behavior and the rewards that go with it. That also presents the problem of forgiving against scripture.
Christians unsure of God's Word and what He has to say about forgiveness have the opportunity to learn more about this important subject based upon the vast selection of scripture and information provided. And for those who believe they have complete understanding, The Sin Of forgiveness will challenge the mind and heart on this important subject of how to Biblically forgive and be forgiven.
I had trouble reading this book. Sometimes I had to re-read and then I wasn't really sure if I really got what the author was saying. I've always believed that Jesus was all about love. Without some love, where are we? The author had so many passages from the Bible that I didn't understand why he was quoting them. I guess I just need an explanation of what the author meant be using the passage. I believe that if you have done wrong, you should be sorry, you should tell the one you hurt that you are sorry. (if you are) Sometimes you don't feel it in your heart to forgive them. Our society has become so cold hearted and unforgiving as it is. How many times has a person said I'm sorry and didn't mean a word of it? Sometimes we just go right ahead and do the same thing again. So those words of forgiveness meant nothing. I think we should try to understand that everyone is different. That doesn't make them wrong. Peace and Love are not going to continue to be what we strive for if when we wrong someone and say I'm sorry but don't mean it. I just think we have become a society where we don't care about one another as we should. It's a do for me and forget you mentality. Maybe that is Satan's darkness taking hold. If you don't let go of the wrongs done to you, it eats at you. You become hardened and less loving. You find fault with everything and you start to distrust people. I'm not a firm believer but I do believe that we must find love in the act of forgiveness. The words, I'M SORRY must be genuine and truly meant. If not I don't believe that you should forgive that person. Isn't that just as bad as saying you're sorry and not meaning it??
I believe anyone who is interested in the title should read the book. Everyone interprets things differently and everyone believes differently. Read it and make up your own mind. I just think the author had difficulty getting his message across in the right way. It doesn't sound of love. Also the book needs a little more editing.
I would give this book 3 STARS.
I was given a complimentary copy of SIN OF FORGIVENESS by the author Edward F. Mrkvicka, JR. for this unbiased review.
Edward Mrkvicka is a lay minister and counselor, and life-long Bible student. His religious writings have been awarded Best Christian Book of the Year, Best Christian Study of the Year, named a National Best Book Awards finalist, and a winner in the Christian Choice Book Awards. He has also been awarded the prestigious Faith Writers Seal of Approval.
His efforts on behalf of families, understanding adultery, and the devastating effect of divorce on children have earned him a United States Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.