Forgiving Ourselves: Getting Back Up When We Let Ourselves Down

by Wendy Ulrich

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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.

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Wendy Ulrich

Wendy Ulrich, Ph.D., M.B.A., has been a psychologist in private practice, president of the Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists, and a visiting professor at Brigham Young University-Provo. She founded Sixteen Stones Center for Growth, which offers seminar-retreats for Latter-day Saint women and their loved ones (see Her books include Let God Love You; Weakness Is Not Sin; Habits of Happiness; The Temple Experience; Forgiving Ourselves; and national best-seller The Why of Work, coauthored with her husband, Dave Ulrich.

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Enlightening and Well Written
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

A powerful book
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

Very helpful
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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 practical approach to finding joy on a daily basis through personal forgiveness.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

A very well framed and presented piece on the critical principle of forgiveness and personal growth.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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.

Great book with self-evaluation expected!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

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!

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