I received an early review copy of Unpacking Forgiveness (Crossway), by Chris Brauns, and have begun to read through it. I’ve got a number of other things going on, so I may not finish it quickly, but that may actually be for the better. This looks to be a very good book to take slowly.
Probably the first author I ever read to turn me on to the glory of God is John Piper. I came across a copy of Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist in Uzbekistan in 2000. There Piper writes, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”
In Unpacking Forgiveness, Chris Brauns starts by applying that principle to our understanding of forgiveness. Too many people are afraid to learn about biblical forgiveness thinking it will be a bitter pill to swallow. Not the case, says Brauns:
So why do it? Here is the short answer. You should be motivated to unpack forgiveness so you can know maximum happiness. When your alarm clock screeches at you to get out of bed at some desolate hour so you can get up to study the Bible and pray, you should listen to it because you want to be happy. When you contemplate calling up someone to ask forgiveness or to offer grace, perhaps someone to whom you never wanted to talk again, you should challenge yourself to do so because you want to be happy. When you are deciding whether or not to watch television or to learn prayerfully about forgiveness, tell yourself, I am going to do this because I believe it will maximize my happiness.
I never thought about forgiveness that way!
I look forward to much more to come in this little volume.