Book Review: The Gift of Forgiveness by Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt

Title: The Gift of Forgiveness
By: Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt
Genre: Non-Fiction
Pages: 224
Release Date: March 10th, 2020
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary from Goodreads:

A fresh, inspiring book on learning how to forgive--with firsthand stories from those who have learned to let go of resentment and find peace

"When we learn to embrace forgiveness, it opens us up to healing, hope, and a new world of possibility." --Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt

Written with grace and understanding and based on more than twenty in-depth interviews and stories as well as personal reflections from Schwarzenegger Pratt herself, The Gift of Forgiveness is about one of the most difficult challenges in life--learning to forgive. Here, Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt shows us what we can learn from those who have struggled with forgiveness, some still struggling, and others who have been able to forgive what might seem truly unforgivable. The book features experiences from those well-known and unknown, including Elizabeth Smart, who learned to forgive her captors; Sue Klebold, whose son, Dylan, was one of the Columbine shooters, learning empathy and how to forgive herself; Chris Williams, who forgave the drunken teenager who killed his wife and child; and of course Schwarzenegger Pratt's own challenges and path to forgiveness in her own life. All provide different journeys to forgiveness and the process--sometimes slow and thorny, sometimes almost instantaneous--by which they learned to forgive and let go.

The Gift of Forgiveness is a perfect blend of personal insights, powerful quotations, and hard-won wisdom for those seeking a way to live with greater acceptance, grace, and peace.


This book had some interesting stories of people who went through something tragic, but managed to find forgiveness in the end. Although the stories were different, they all felt like they were worded the same and they became repetitive. I think the stories would have had more of an impact on me if they were told by the people behind them, but instead the book was a little lacking in emotion.

The author is a good writer, but I wanted her story. What did she have to forgive? How did she deal with this emotion? Or did she? These are the things I was wanting.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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