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Fire of Grace: The Healing Power of Forgiveness

Fire of Grace: The Healing Power of ForgivenessFire of Grace: The Healing Power of Forgiveness

Trinity Lutheran Church was burned to the ground by one of the most prolific arsonists in the history of the United States. When Paul Keller was finally apprehended and imprisoned, one of his first visitors was Rick Rouse, pastor of the church he burned. Pastor Rouse said that he was compelled by Christ to visit Paul and offer him his personal forgiveness.

That simple and profound act began a process of healing and transformation that included the entire congregation, the victims of arson, and his family. Through sharing his story — and highlighting other stories of forgiveness — Pastor Rouse outlines the path toward reconciliation that many have experienced when relying upon God's gift of forgiveness.

Perfect for small group discussion. A film about the church and their journey is available: Forgiveness: A Miracle of Love. Order the two together.

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  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780806651125
  • Publisher Augsburg Books
  • Pages 176
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Publication Date Jun 21, 2005

Table of Contents

Foreword
Author's Introduction
Preface

PART ONE: THE FIVE STAGES OF FORGIVENESS

The Fire
Trinity: A People in Exile
A Time to Forgive
Starting Over
A Light in the Darkness

PART TWO: FORGIVENESS AS A WAY OF LIFE: A JOURNEY OF DISCIPLESHIP

A Time to Rebuild
A Place for Redemption
New Life Out of the Ashes
The Miracle Continues

Endnotes
Appendix A: The Catechumenate: A Basic Pattern of Christian Initiation
Appendix B: Forgiveness Research
Bibliography

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