The Peacegiver

by James L. Ferrell

The Peacegiver

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How is Christ the answer to a strained relationship with child, parent or sibling? What if I am being mistreated — what does the atonement say about that? How can I discover the desire to repent when I don't feel the need to repent? These are the challenging questions of daily life, the questions to which the gospel must provide an answer if it is to have living, cleansing, redeeming power.

The Peacegiver is a book about the answers to these questions. In both content and form it is unlike other books about the atonement, for it unfolds as compelling story in which the characters learn about the Atonement as they struggle over the problems in their lives — problems we each share. The book therefore allows us not only to “learn about” the Atonement but also to have an experience with it.

“My peace I give unto you,” the Savior declared. The Peacegiver explores in a deeply personal way what we must do to receive the peace he stands willing to give.

Praise for The Peacegiver:

“The rich and soul-stretching experience that comes from reading The Peacegiver has deeply blessed my life. I highly recommend this remarkable book!” —

Ardeth Greene Kapp

“An invaluable, compelling book of hope and discovery — about Christ, about others, and about ourselves — unlike, I think, any other book you have ever read.” — C. Terry Warner

The Peacegiver is a profound, and profoundly helpful, exploration into how the Lord offers to free us from the clutches of every impure thought, feeling, belief, and habit. I really value this book. ” —

Steve Young

The Peacegiver is a 10. Deeply moving, it is a must for anyone concerned with loving relationships, their marriage, and how Christ brings healing to the human heart and soul.” —

James Michael Pratt

The Peacegiver sheds precious light upon the poignant but practical working out of the atonement in our personal lives. It has planted an indelible message upon my heart.” —

Robert L. Millet

Other Readers:

“What an amazing book! I've finally been able to wrestle it away from my son, who basically stole it from me before I could begin. But I have it back now, and it's unbelievable. So powerful! I've never read such a clear and moving account of the atonement — about what it was, how it works, and what I must do to make it work for me. Thank you.”

“Unbelievable. Absolutely unbelievable. I'm sitting here crying as I have just finished The Peacegiver, and it has hit me so hard. Actually, I just arrived home from a golf trip, and I read it on the way home. I was in the back seat of a car with three other guys and I was bawling the whole way. I had to keep looking out the window so they couldn't see me crying. They kept wondering what my problem was. I swear this book was written just for me, and I can't thank you enough.”

“I took The Peacegiver with me to the mountains, where I had planned a day hike. I stopped for lunch and began to read. I could not stop reading nor could I stop the tears. I recognized myself from the first page. I read until almost dark and had to hustle off the mountain. I have bought copies for each of my kids. I need to begin to correct more of the terrible errors — of them watching me at war with their mother — in their early years. I need to do more to love my sweet wife. I also sent notes to all my siblings who are also difficult people married to difficult people with difficult kids. I am so grateful for this work. It reads so wonderfully but I have known something of the work it takes to make it look like it flows so effortlessly. I am so grateful for the careful scholarship and attention to the spirit. Thank you so much.”

“After I read the book last week, I gave a copy of it to my mother. Yesterday she called just bawling. She had read the book once already and was halfway through it for the second time, and we just had the most amazing conversation. She has never had an understanding of the atonement like that, she said. And although the issues are too personal to share, because of the book, she has had such an amazing change of heart toward someone in her life that had done truly terrible things to her that she is feeling at peace for the first time in years. She now feels a calming peace, and a release from the bitter rancor that has poisoned her soul for years. It's just amazing. I can't tell you what a miracle this is.”

“My husband and I settled onto our couch, with a cozy blanket, The Peacegiver, and a red pencil. Now, that's the way I will encourage anyone to read it — together! What a book! The Peacegiver has opened my eyes to a new way of looking at the atonement, and sent me to the Bible to discover for myself the heretofore unknown story of Abigail. What a gift this book is! Thank you for sharing that gift so generously!”

“I bought The Peacegiver tonight, got home late and started reading it, and couldn't put it down! I've been looking for a book like this for a long time. It's the best book I've read in years. Thank you so much!”

“Wow! I am amazed at the insights this book reveals from the scriptures. I thought I was good at understanding scriptures, but this is a totally new level of understanding. What a gift! I thought I understood the atonement, but now I see that I had no idea. I can't thank you enough for this book!”

“This book just blows the doors off. Just awesome. My tear-stained face hurts from all the smiling.”

The Peacegiver presents the foundations of our existence with simplicity and clarity. It has left an indelible impression on my mind regarding the fall and its relationship with the atonement and Jesus' relationship with me. The book communicates heartfelt and staggering truths. In so many ways it spoke directly to me. I can't thank you enough.”

“I just finished The Peacegiver last night. I don't know what to say about it except WOW!”

Reviews

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based upon 60 reviews
Great book for sure!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book was definitely worth my time to read. It’s a short read, but contains a wealth of interesting insight and helpful advice for anyone’s life. It is enjoyable to read because it is formatted as a story, not just a book full of information. The story is of a husband and wife, Rick and Carol, who are just an ordinary couple with four children. In the beginning of the book, it explains how Rick and Carol experienced so much happiness earlier in their marriage, but years later have grown to feel unloving and unkind feelings toward each other. Throughout the story, Rick learns lessons from the Bible and Book of Mormon which help him to understand how to love Carol again and save their marriage. This requires strength and help beyond his own which he learns to find. This is a beautiful story of how one can experience a change of heart through the infinite power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and learn how to replace anger, pride, and hate with love and humility and forgiveness. Although this is the story of a married couple and how they come to love each other again, it can apply to anyone in any situation. Forgiveness and love is something that all need to learn a little more of. I loved this book and I plan to use the information in it to better myself and learn, just as Rick did, to love everyone so much more, even those whom I don’t think it possible. I would recommend this book to anyone!

Awesome book
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I thought this book was incredible and it spoke to me. I loved the parables and examples that were given and it made me see the atonement in a different light. My favorite parable was the one with the story of David and Abigail.

You wont regret it
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book opens opens your eyes, and helps you learn to love with a greater understanding of the atonement.

Compelling!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

As I completed the novel, The Peacegiver by John Ferrell, I noticed I wanted to make complete changes to my lifestyle. I know I found comfort in this story because I could thoroughly relate to it.

In this book, we walk through the story of a young man who is recently married. He talks about his ups and downs of married life and feels he is alone in the world. How often do we feel that way? The character wants to place well-deserved blame on his wife for all of his problems. Nevertheless, we learn through his grandpa that we have the choice on whether or not we are offended in any given situation. As we walk through his experience, the Atonement plays a significant role in forgiveness and charity.

We, like the Savior, need to have enduring grace and peace “giving.” Ferrell expounds on how we can implement the Atonement and grace in each of our lives while telling a thought-provoking story of the life of this great man. When the main character went through all of his pain, you want to blame others for all of the difficult things that happened to him where he had no fault in acquiring. As he grows, I felt as if I grew to love all of those around me.

I strive harder each day to become more charitable and loving even those that bring opposition and strife. I am going to make it a goal in my marriage as well as my single life to re-read this once a year on account of the continuing powerful affect that has taken over my heart. I recommend this book to anyone but most importantly those who are struggling with divorce debates, arguments, and even coming to know and recognize that there is a light of Christ in each person we come into contact with. For that is the goal in this life, to love as He loved, learn as He learned, and serve as He served. This novel changed my life forever.

I loved reading this book! It clearly explains repentance and the meaning of the Atonement.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

The Peacegiver, by James L. Ferrell, provides magnificent insight to the atonement and how it applies to our lives. It is told in a parable about a man named Rick who is going through a difficult time with his wife Carol and gives readers the chance to better understand the atonement of Jesus Christ through Rick’s experiences. Throughout the course of this brilliant book, the reader can learn in plain English what it means to sin, to forgive and be forgiven, and how the atonement truly affects our lives and the people around us.
The story begins when Rick receives a visit from a friend who shows him what the atonement really means. Ferrell leads the reader through Biblical stories such as the march of David to Carmel, Jonah and the whale, and Jesus’ suffering in Gethsemane. Through these scriptural experiences, Rick is taught what sin truly is and how to forgive those who have hurt him most.
The Peacegiver takes the reader on an incredible journey of self discovery as they learn “The predicament of sin… is much bigger than the fact that we commit individual sinful acts. It is by so doing that we corrupt our hearts and become sinful ourselves.” Through reading of Rick’s battle of trials and weaknesses we are able to evaluate our own souls.
In order to get the most out of this book one should have the Bible near. Ferrell gives scriptural references throughout the book that can give greater insight into sometimes difficult concepts. If you do not enjoy reading about someone’s problems I do not recommend this book. However, I feel that the reality of the problems is a large part of what makes this a good book. It is real.
Overall this book is a life changing read. After reading it I find myself seeing the way I act and treat others with a different light. Gospel concepts that were confusing to me are now more clear and easier to teach to others around me. I would recommend this book to anyone passing through a tough time in any kind or relationship whether it is friendship, dating, family, or marriage. Everyone can apply the lessons learned from this book into their lives.

Great read!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

The Peacegiver, by James L. Ferrell, provides magnificent insight to the atonement and how it applies to our lives. It is told in a parable about a man named Rick who is going through a difficult time with his wife Carol and gives readers the chance to better understand the atonement of Jesus Christ through Rick’s experiences. Throughout the course of this brilliant book, the reader can learn in plain English what it means to sin, to forgive and be forgiven, and how the atonement truly affects our lives and the people around us.

The story begins when Rick receives a visit from a friend who shows him what the atonement really means. Ferrell leads the reader through Biblical stories such as the march of David to Carmel, Jonah and the whale, and Jesus’ suffering in Gethsemane. Through these scriptural experiences, Rick is taught what sin truly is and how to forgive those who have hurt him most.

The Peacegiver takes the reader on an incredible journey of self discovery as they learn “The predicament of sin… is much bigger than the fact that we commit individual sinful acts. It is by so doing that we corrupt our hearts and become sinful ourselves.” Through reading of Rick’s battle of trials and weaknesses we are able to evaluate our own souls.

In order to get the most out of this book one should have the Bible near. Ferrell gives scriptural references throughout the book that can give greater insight into sometimes difficult concepts. If you do not enjoy reading about someone’s problems I do not recommend this book. However, I feel that the reality of the problems is a large part of what makes this a good book. It is real.

Overall this book is a life changing read. After reading it I find myself seeing the way I act and treat others with a different light. Gospel concepts that were confusing to me are now more clear and easier to teach to others around me. I would recommend this book to anyone passing through a tough time in any kind or relationship whether it is friendship, dating, family, or marriage. Everyone can apply the lessons learned from this book into their lives.

Favorite all-time book
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This is the best book I have ever read. My life has been completely changed by the understanding of the atonement that I have gained from this book. I read it at least twice per year. Just an amazingly beautiful and powerful book that keeps giving more each time you read it.

Powerful
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

The Peacegiver by James Ferrell is a book that has the power to heal the many forms of a broken heart. The story is about a man named Rick in desperate need to save his marriage. He and his wife Carol lost sight of the love they once had and seem to be holding on to mere treads of their marriage for the sake of their children. Rick is then visited by his deceased Grandpa in his dreams. Together they journey through stories in the scriptures to help Rick see the sacrifice of the Savior in a different light. It is in his discovery that he learns how to let go of his hurt feelings, grudge, and turns to the Savior as the “peacegiver”.

If you are looking for a good story in the sense of a great story line I would probably tell you to keep looking. The story line of the book is lacking in many cases because we only see quick glimpses of Rick’s life. While never really seeing how things play out step by step except for a quick epilogue at the end. However if you are looking for a greater personal insight in how to apply the atonement in your life this book will fulfill that. For anyone who is Christian, this book will make you realize that our grudges and hurt feelings are truly hurting us and increase your desire to dig deeper and change.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for peace in his or her life. You will learn how to overcome hurt feelings as you learn deeper insights about the Savior’s atonement. It opened my heart to many realizations of the atonement that I hadn’t thought of before. This book has brought me to reflect on my own life and started a change towards greater peace.

Essential read
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This is a great read. Loved the format for the story. It contains timeless principles that will bless you in your relationships in light of the Gospel.

Amazing
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book is amazing! It touched my life when I needed it the most... the insight and new outlook it offers on the Atonement was life-changing. I recommend to any and all!

This book saved my family!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I received this book as a gift when my marriage and my family was broken into a thousand different pieces. I had so much forgiveness and understanding to find within myself to give to those I loved the most. This book taught me how to use the atonement in a way to strengthen myself and my family, even those who caused me the pain.It taught me how to give true forgiveness. It taught me how to truly give my pain to the savior. It taught me how to have peace and hope, so I could begin to heal. If you are hurting from your own poor choices or someone else's poor choices. I know that this book will be a great strength to you! I loved it and refer back to it often for strength! Grab the tissue box first!

A Healing Experience
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book is wonderful. It provides an opportunity to look at things in a different way and then find the power to heal relationships.

Something to think about..
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Sometimes what people need is the in-your-face approach, this book opened my eyes and made me stop and think about things. I didn't take offense to the approach, I appreciated it and how it made me reevaluate my thoughts on forgiveness. Great book!

Forgiveness
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book has helped me forgive others who hurt me many years ago. I have a better appreciation for the Atonement and forgiveness.

Inspired and inspiring
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book is powerful. Having read it, I look at my life in a different way, with a deeper understanding of the Atonement. I cannot recommend this highly enough.

Amazing Book!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Made me think and make some changes in my own life. I am seriously more compassionate because of this book. Thanks Brother Ferrell.

Incredible
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

It is hard for me to put into words the effect listening to this book on cd had on my life. I came away both strengthened and humbled, and would encourage every member to seek out this incredible work, whether in book or audio form.

Excellent book
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book used scripture stories applied to real life situations in very interesting and thought provoking ways. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Adds perspective and gratitude to everyday life
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book is about understanding our Savior and being grateful for all that he does. The novel style helps the book to flow well but the doctrine in it is so rich and life-changing that you will continue thinking about it's principles long after finishing the book. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to better understand their Savior and what he has done for us. Don't read it if you are not ready to re-think your life.

Soul-searching
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

We all need to be reminded of the necessity of introspection. This was an eye-opening journey into my soul as I resonated with the thoughts and feelings of the main character. The Atonement has come to have a new and deeper meaning for me.

About the Author

James L. Ferrell

James L. Ferrell was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University and Yale Law School and is a founding partner of the Arbinger Institute. He has authored several bestselling books, including The Peacegiver, The Holy Secret, and The Hidden Christ. and Jim and his wife, Jackie, are the parents of five children.

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