How do some people manage to truly forgive their arrogant and remorseless offenders?
Are we to sit by while our loved ones suffer and expect the violator to go unpunished? Do we struggle to forgive … or vow to bring the offender to justice? Do we see life as unfair and wonder, “Where is God in all of this?”
When wronged, emotionally wounded people (in Bible days) poured out their hearts to God. Many of them pled with Him for retribution and vindication. But how can we pray in the same way, and still love our enemies as Christ taught?
Doug Schmidt walks with you into the vortex of this astounding paradox. Be prepared to learn the life-changing keys to forgiving the unrepentant by refusing to minimize what happened, and then discovering a new-found confidence in God’s willingness to accomplish justice on your behalf.
(This book has been translated in to Portuguese, Korean, and Russian by international publishers)
“There is no question in the Christian life more urgent to ask and more difficult to answer than this: ‘How can we forgive our enemy and still uphold God’s demands for justice?’ Doug Schmidt gives us a biblical answer and does so superbly. His book is slim and his message is clear. An ideal combination.”
The late Dr. Lewis Smedes, Forgive and Forget
“This astute book deals honestly and compassionately with the sense of unfairness, the passion for retribution, the struggle to forgive, and the flood of emotions that engulf and pull down even the most dedicated Christian who has suffered injustice. Interspersed with captivating stories, The Prayer of Revenge is a straightforward,, helpful discussion of a tough-to-handle topic.”
Dr. Gary R. Collins, President of The Bridge Institute, and author of Christian Counseling: A Comprehensive Guide
“What are we to do when someone shatters our lives and doesn’t look back or even care? Doug Schmidt’s book, The Prayer of Revenge wisely and clearly guides the reader through the flooding torrent of emotions and thoughts, as well as providing some specific action steps so that we are not overcome by evil, but learn to overcome evil with good.”
Leslie Vernick, How to Act Right When Your Spouse Acts Wrong
“Doug Schmidt has written a thoughtful, probing work that touches all of us. He makes the inquiries and offers responses that can only come when truth is the goal. If you are a seeker, if you want to go beyond ‘forgive and forget,’ if you want thinking that’s reasonable and smacks of a deep reality, then this book for you.”
Jan Silvious, Foolproofing Your Life: Wisdom for Untangling Your Most Difficult Relationships
“The Prayer of Revenge is an overwhelmingly honest depiction of how God views vengeance, justice, and forgiveness. I am amazed at the level of clarity with which Doug is able to intertwine biblical passages with every day experiences. It’s my hope that the readers of this book will experience a catharsis as they begin to hear from the Lord about responding to injustice in their own lives.”
Wanda G. Anderson, General Counsel, The Orchard Foundation, Member of The National Black Evangelical Association & The New York Bar