The Ignatian Guide to Forgiveness
Forgiveness is hard. But Jesus knows how much we need it.
True forgiveness can be complicated because the pain of betrayal, loss, deception, and personal attack clings tightly to our emotions, memories, even our bodies. We may intend to forgive yet become stuck in our own mixed motives, others’ silence or anger, and the skewed stories we believe and tell about our lives.
In The Ignatian Guide to Forgiveness, Marina McCoy delves into the principles of Ignatian spirituality and uses gentle honesty to lay out 10 steps toward forgiveness, including:
- Sort out true desires
- Honor anger while deepening compassion
- Make friends with time
- Create a new story
- . . . and more.
Each chapter offers stories, real-life steps to take, and a powerful prayer for healing
Forgiveness is hard, but it’s also possible—with our “habits of mercy” and God’s abundant grace.
“McCoy weaves together personal experiences and Ignatian theology in this robust take on forgiveness…this touching work will appeal to Christians of all stripes.” (Publishers Weekly)
2021 Illumination Book Awards, Bronze Medal: Spirituality
Ratings & Reviews
A school of forgiveness
We learn forgiveness, first, by being forgiven, and then by practicing forgiving others. Marina McCoy knows both sides of that equation and, based on lived experiences, tells how to accept forgiveness, and how to find the grace to forgive others--even the most difficult to forgive. I felt she was my spiritual companion as I walked through the process of both accepting forgiveness and offering it freely without resentment or any other strings attached.