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All sin, many repent, but few really forgive themselves and find peace. Latter-day Saints believe in becoming better — we work hard at it — but we're also among the most self-critical people. Too often we fail to fully claim the “amazing grace” of the Atonement. How can we help our loved ones — and ourselves — let go of past mistakes? Wendy Ulrich, an experienced psychologist, maps the journey from self blame to self-forgiveness. She shows how the pure doctrines of the restored gospel, coupled with the practical perspectives of psychology, can help us stop harrowing our souls and start planting the seeds of faith, healing, and joy.
Also available by Wendy Ulrich: Weakness Is Not Sin: The Liberating Distinction That Awakens Our Strengths
About the Author
Wendy Ulrich, Ph.D., M.B.A., was a psychologist in private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan for almost fifteen years before moving with her husband to Montreal (where he presided over the Canada Montreal Mission), then Alpine, Utah. She founded Sixteen Stones Center for Growth, which offers seminar-retreats for LDS women (sixteenstones.net). She is a mother and grandmother, a columnist for Deseret News, a former president of the Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapist, and a business consultant with The RBL Group. Her books include Forgiving Ourselves, Weakness Is Not Sin, and national best seller The Why of Work, co-authored with her husband, Dave Ulrich.
Great book with self-evaluation expected!
by Ramona - reviewed on April 13, 2008
In my opinion this book is very good but a slightly difficult read because it's clinical in its approach. It calls for the reader to engage in self-evaluation (which is what I mean by clinical) by asking thought-provoking questions at the end of most of the chapters. This 'participation' feature moves the reader to better understand and apply new insights and behaviors. Dr. Ulrich strikes a great balance between LDS doctrine and the science of psychology and in fact supports the psychological concepts with analysis of scriptural stories and sound gospel doctrine. She does a great job revealing the many obstacles to self-forgiveness and paves the way to overcoming those obstacles. Because she shares many examples of all kinds of sins and weaknesses that people deal with, the reader will surely find themselves somewhere in this book, and will recognize that there is nothing they have done that the atonement cannot reach and heal. A correct understanding of the atonement and the need for us to forgive ourselves is EVERYWHERE and everything in this book! Well done Wendy!
A very well framed and presented piece on the critical principle of forgiveness and personal growth.
by Ralph - reviewed on April 12, 2008
Wendy has blessed us all in writing this much needed book. It will not only help us as individuals as we walk the delicate balance of forgiving ourselves, but will be a much needed reference to those who counsel others. I could have used this book many times in the past. Pleased to have it now.
A practical approach to finding joy on a daily basis through personal forgiveness.
by Heather - reviewed on April 28, 2008
What a wonderful resource to have. My husband and I have read excerpts together that have allowed us to engage in thought-provoking discussion and analysis of our own lives. A brilliant mix of gospel insight and clinical expertise, Dr. Ulrich has authored a masterpiece on forgiveness that appeals to a world-wide audience. Thank you, Wendy.
by kandi - reviewed on September 25, 2008
This book was very helpful to me. It was recommended by my counslor and did a wonderful job of helping me realize the power of the atonement for anything. Thanks!
A powerful book
by Customer - reviewed on March 16, 2009
Dr. Ulrich's book is a must-read for anyone who struggles with forgiving himself or herself. Many LDS men, women, and youth have an easier time forgiving others than they do forgiving themselves. I would strongly encourage anyone who has any challenges in this area--and I have talked to many, many individuals who do--to buy this book and read it more than once. It gives priceless counsel and advice to anyone who struggles with self-esteem issues resulting from guilt, shame, blame, perfectionism, and anxiety.
Enlightening and Well Written
by Alison - reviewed on September 13, 2009
This is one of the best self-help books I have ever read. Not only did I gain new perspectives on forgiveness but on the gospel as a whole. The parenting section was especially helpful for me. I would recommend the book to anyone simply because of the insights it provides in a variety of areas related to forgiveness. Thank you Wendy Ulrich for an outstanding and helpful book.