RIP - John Lewis. The man was a leader, knocked down, got back up, and was/is respected for his many years on earth. Peaceful protester with Martin Luther King Jr. He leaves a legacy. I liked this quote.
I watched an author talk 6/18/20 and read this book - The Gift of Forgiveness by Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt (yes, daughter of Arnold and Maria and wife of actor Chris Pratt).
The book was okay - the interviews and stories told were interesting. But the author summation was a bit generic and almost too easy. There was not a lot of depth. It's probably better to actually read the memoirs or works of those featured in this compilation.
I did enjoy the author talk. Katherine S.P. was very personable and I think her caring and interest on the subject of forgiveness came through better. She interviewed Elizabeth Smart who forgave her captors; Sue Klebold learned to forgive herself after her son Dylan was a Columbine shooter. Mark Kelly, powerful as an astronaut, but powerless when wife Gabby, a Senator, was shot, discusses his anger and now motivation.
The point of the book is to understand that forgiveness is a gift to understand your own self. You need to take control - allow it to empower your own freedom. The author spoke how folks don't talk about forgiveness, but it needs a support system. Everyone's pain, hurt is different and it's your own validation. "Hurry up and Move on" is not always the best solution. To accept or acknowledge an apology is very different from forgiveness. (Remember school playground days)
I've posted this book/author review together with a salute to John Lewis because I'm imagining that he's had to forgive many. Forgiveness made him stronger and more resolute through the years. I'd say it's not "forgive and forget" - it's forgive and use that power for a better you and world.
Joanne Faries, originally from the Philadelphia area, lives in Texas with her husband Ray. She considers herself fortunate to be able to pursue a writing career after eons in the business world. Joanne enjoys reading and movies, and is the film critic for the Little Paper of San Saba.