Reviews for The Art of Forgiveness

I loved the powerful message in this book

I loved the powerful message in this book and how the author clearly defines the difference between an old way of thinking about forgiveness -pardoning someone, and an empowering approach of releasing yourself from the anxiety and fear that holding onto negative feelings create. What a wonderful gift this book is to the world. I highly recommend it.

I am so thrilled and grateful to have read this book.

Reverend Wild took me on a journey with care and concern. It's very clear that she has done the work and has been through this process of healing. That is the very reason why it was such a reassuring guide to do the work that I spent my life avoiding. I was able to navigate without fear or doubt. I was ready to dig deep and release patterns of anger, rage, disappointment, woundedness, thrill seeking and shame.

I devoured your book in one sitting; I simply couldn't put it down.

Janet, New York

You are one hell of a strong person!

This is the very book I have been looking for to help my niece who underwent a similar story. I have been able to help her and she is truly growing spiritually in ways that she could never have dreamt of a year ago. But your book will be the clincher. It is beautifully written and I can't wait to read anything else you write.

Thank you for writing it. I don't know if the writing of it was agony or freeing but it is a work of art and heart.

I could have saved myself a lot of heartache and lost time if I'd had this book sooner!

There have been so many times in my life I've wanted to forgive someone and move on from the situation, and yet couldn't help replaying what happened and what might have happened in my head. I could have saved myself a lot of heartache and lost time if I'd had this book sooner! I'm so grateful for Reverend Wild's book allowing me to stop dwelling on the past and live more in the present.

Extremely impactful and powerful.

While this book does specifically cite Reverend Stephanie Wild's real-life childhood abuse, its philosophies and methods are very helpful to anyone harboring resentment for any reason. I applaud Reverend Wild's bravery in sharing her story, as well as dedicating herself to helping others to learn to forgive and move forward in a positive way. Highly recommend this book to anyone in-search of an empowering way to forgive no matter what the subject matter.

It is comforting knowing Reverend Wild is here for me if I need her.

Just reading the section on how to use this book brought relief knowing there was hope in the upcoming pages. Also, it is comforting knowing Reverend Wild is here for me if I need her. This text is based on her experiences and she provides scientific support. I can honestly say, many of these things just never occurred to me. I'm so glad I downloaded this book.

This book brings the healing effects of spirit into the mainstream in a way that is warm and loving.

Hopefully it will give rise to those who need it to get help, as the words go deeper than the skin and deep into the soul. The hardest part of life, in my opinion, is looking into the self, and your book helps to do that without the fear, trepidation and anxiety that it often brings. It is pure honesty and will help people to move in the direction of self love rather than self loathing.

It is hard to accept that not everything in life is our fault, and these awful experiences, not matter what they are, can be put into perspective so that life can go on in good health and find happiness and acceptance with one's self. It's hard, but not impossible. This book brings the healing effects of spirit into the mainstream in a way that is warm and loving.

I appreciate Wild's bravery and honesty

I have a past somewhat similar to what the author describes, and because our society does not allow free and open discussion of these matters, I have been so burdened by pain, anger, and self-harm, and have received very little direction on how to leave that all behind me. I appreciate Wild's bravery and honesty in sharing her story of transcending this kind of past. I enjoyed her use of neuroscience, explained in an approachable way, to validate the ruminating, repetitive, and not necessarily helpful thought patterns that many of us experience. While my belief system is very agnostic, even her more spiritual content provided peaceful, pleasant thoughts to meditate on.

I would recommend The Art of Forgiveness to anyone working through a traumatic event or conflict in their lives.

It not only appeals to those who are in the process of forgiving others, but in doing so addresses the most important act: forgiving oneself. I found that Stephanie was both intuitive and receptive in our work together, and that the process has opened up a place for forgiveness in my life. The order of the book worked very well with the natural stages of healing, and you can tell a lot of thought has been put into creating it.

This book is really moving.

The author has clearly been through a lot and worked hard to get to a place of peace with everything.

The events were described so vividly I was riveted and shocked. There were some unexpected and enlightening ideas about the body/mind connection, particularly fascinating was the incredibly simple way she described the chemical reactions that occur within our cells that lead to us repeating (often damaging) behaviour. Although I am not a victim of abuse, this book will help me avoid negative thought processes and damaging behaviour.

She clearly lays out HOW to forgive, unlike many others who claim to understand the process.

This book is going to help a lot of people.

Reverend Wild's book offers a generous and affirming path to those looking for a way to heal. Her voice is straight forward, strong and hopeful as she shares lessons learned from her own experience. Reading her book is like having a loving big sister urge you forward in life saying, "I see you. I love you. And I know you can do it."

Absolutely a powerful message - forgiving someone without "letting them off the hook"...YES!

I know I've struggled with forgiveness from the lens of spiritual bypass and I've supported so many who are grappling with "trying" to forgive someone but not truly, deeply, embodying that forgiveness and releasing the resentment an anger. Energy is so powerful and this is a brilliant exploration of the realm of what's not only possible, but necessary when it comes to living free from the negative energy that came with the trauma lived at the hands of another. Thank you for giving us permission to forgive so we may truly and powerfully live.

A truly amazing, eloquent and emotionally literate book

It gets straight to the core, exploring painful taboos with kindness and grace. Enormously helpful, freeing and potentially life-changing.

Rev. Stephanie Wild has written this great book - a guidebook, really - straight from the heart of clarity.

Born of the heart's struggles to make peace with itself and with those who stress us, hate us, attack us, forsake us...
because ugly things happen to all of us from time to unexpected time.

And sometimes we make ugly things happen to others too. That's part of learning about being human!

So why did I take 5 months after purchase to review it?

Because why would I write a review of a book about the ART of Forgiveness before I started to put its stated principles to the test?

Now I've maybe progressed far enough to praise it.

Dear reader, use this wisdom--learn your necessary healing art--suffer through your internal process--work through the spiritual indigestion that unforgiveness constantly causes you--heal yourself from the inside out, naturally.

Remember that all your sincere attempts to grow will be rewarded 12-fold.

This book is so concise in its boiled-down-to-gut-truth facts, it could & should be expanded into a seminar Rev. Stephanie!

The spiritual concepts presented as a way to approach living will have practical impact in my life.

Michelle,  Australia

 I was already open to such concepts as the continuity of spirit, the life path set for each of us, and the presence of spirit guides. However, the concept that we chose to set ourselves a particular earthly challenge is not one I had considered. 

I feel most happy when I am connected to and do great things with my children. Interesting that my challenge was then a serious illness that could take me away from the earthly world with them. My illness gave me the gift of being more in touch with who I am, hearing those guiding spirit voices and following what felt like the right path for me within my soul rather than doing things without thinking and for reasons external to me.

You are bringing the healing effects of spirit into the mainstream in a way that is warm and loving.  

PCR, USA

You go deeper than the skin and deep into the soul.  

The hardest part of life, in my opinion, is looking into the self, and you help to do that without the fear, trepidation and anxiety that it often brings.  It is pure honesty.   Your honesty will help people to move in the direction of self love rather than self loathing.

It is hard to accept that not everything in life is our fault, and these awful experiences, not matter what they are, can be put into perspective so that life can go on in good health and we can find happiness and acceptance with one's self. It's hard, but not impossible.

It is interesting that you are opening the spirit world in the context of this subject.  I imagine that not many people would even put the two together.   That is your world, and you are bringing the healing effects of spirit into the mainstream in a way that is warm and loving.  So proud to have met you and to have the opportunity to experience your gift to humanity.  

It is clear that Wild is all about healing.

I'm as skeptical as it comes but I've always thought the spiritual world is interesting to think about. After all, our subconscious is very powerful. There are so many unexplainable gifts that people such as Wild engage and work with, after all. If you're open to it, this book offers valuable self-help and understanding into oneself and where you are going. I thank Stephanie Wild for guiding me through the various levels and spiritual teachings she has studied and searched to bring us such a clear, meaningful, and beautiful discoveries. The Art of Forgiveness will leave you renewed and cleansed. Ready to approach the new day more empowered and at peace than ever before.

This is a very helpful book

I did grow up with family dysfunction, and I was able see how the techniques she has created could help with dealing with the fallout from that upbringing. Many families are dysfunctional, so this book has the potential to help many. Reverend Wild focuses on forgiving, and working through the feelings that come up during the process, as well as dealing with the feelings and challenges of living one's day to day life. Reverend Wild is an ordained Spiritualist minister, and writes about her spirit guides, but she is also somewhat of a scientist, writing about quantum physics and neurobiology. I loved the way she wrote so bravely and honestly about herself and her life. I would have liked to hear more about how her 3 A's (Accept, Admit and Act) have helped her deal with her other challenges in life, as listed in her biography - divorce, corporate america, addiction. On a personal note, Reverend Wild has helped me in my spiritual quest, in particular by helping me stay on a spiritual track when dealing with relationships with people. She also put me in touch with my grandmother, who has passed over to the other side. It is so reassuring to know I have a spirit guide that loves me, so thank you Reverend Wild!