Clinging to past pain and dwelling on former offenses is destructive and can steal one’s joy. In order to be truly liberated from the bondage of old anxiety and release the sting of deep-rooted hurt, a person must forgive those who have caused insult – and then move beyond that to demonstrate “forgraceness” to those who have inflicted anguish.
“I Forgrace You: Doing Good to Those Who Have Hurt You” by Dr. David A. Anderson shows how this rare human expression of God’s redemptive character can be achieved in personal relationships and identifies how releasing past wounds will grant freedom in Christ, first to those who have been hurt, and ultimately to the offender.
Dr. Anderson (Ph.D., Oxford Graduate School; M.A., Moody Bible Institute) is the founding and senior pastor of Bridgeway Community Church, a multicultural congregation in Columbia, Maryland. He is also the founder and president of the BridgeLeader Network, a diversity consulting firm, and an instructor of cultural diversity at the University of Phoenix’s Maryland campuses.
In the book, Dr. Anderson defines forgraceness, explains how Christ modeled forgraceness, reveals how today’s culture can be transformed as people from all walks of life actively engage in forgracing, and shows three practical examples of forgraceness.
Other books by Anderson include Letters Across the Divide, Multicultural Ministry, Gracism and Multicultural Ministry Handbook. A sought-after conference speaker, lecturer and consultant, Dr. Anderson has had media exposure on over 2,000 radio stations and through television appearances, including Black Entertainment Television (BET), C-SPAN, TBN, PAX and ABC, promoting his message of diversity. He also hosts a live radio show, Afternoons with Dr. David Anderson – “Your Bridge Building Voice in the Nation’s Capital.”
Dr. Anderson and his wife, Amber, reside in Ellicott City, Maryland, with their three children, Isaiah, Luke and Asia.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
I Forgrace You: Doing Good to Those Who Have Hurt You
By Dr. David A. Anderson
Available: May 2011
$8.93 pages, paperback