Just blazed through Andy Andrewsâ€™ new book, The Heart Mender. In less than a day during my spare time. Iâ€™ve never been one to do this, but this one is truly a masterpiece that I couldnâ€™t put down.
The subtitle, a story of second chances, shines the light on this true story of war, faithâ€¦ and forgiveness. Hereâ€™s the jist of itâ€¦ Andy uncovers artifacts from the second world war in his own back yard, along the coast of Southern Alabama. Through some research, heâ€™s able to piece together an incredible story of two people reconciling their pasts and hatred to move forward with their lives. I canâ€™t really say much more without spoiling this tale.
From the bookâ€¦
â€œIf youâ€™re mad at someone you have to forgive them for you. You have a choice to make, either think about them all day long and let them keep hurting you insideâ€¦ or give them to God. We are products of our past but we donâ€™t have to be prisoners to it. Practicing forgiveness is less an act than a determined way of living. True forgiveness only comes at the conclusion of an inner struggle.â€
I found a forgiveness prayer not too long ago,Â and have experienced that forgiving someone that has really hurt you badly takes time. A lot of prayer (I’ve prayed my forgiveness prayer over 100 times!!!). And a whole lot of Godâ€™s love. And this alone frees the human spirit.
Thank you Andy once again for sharing this amazing story. I canâ€™t wait for the next!!!