“The best parts of this book are the stories told by a number of my patients who have discovered peace through the healing power of foregiveness while fighting for their lives against cancer,” Michael S. Barry writes in the introduction of his book, The Foregiveness Project: The Startling Discovery of How to Overcome Cancer, Find Health, and Achieve Peace.
This two hundred and eight page paperback targets those who have debilitating illnesses or are battling cancer and looking for ways to overcome through forgiving others and themselves. With topics of disease and dying, it may not be appropriate for immature readers. The end of the book includes a conclusion, epilogue, and notes along with information on Assistance in Healthcare, Inc. and the author’s biography. This reviewer wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
In this book that has miracles of those who have lived through or overcome battles with cancer, the author believes there is a connection between the immune system and forgiveness. Divided into four sections in the book, five personal stories are discussed of those who have overcome cancer followed by the science, problem, and barriers regarding learning to forgive others, self, and God to lead a better life.
The five individuals cover only thirty pages but are referred to throughout the book. There is Jayne, who learned empathy as she fought breast cancer. Russie dealt with her uncle when she had tongue cancer. Cathy had to forgive her ex-husband to handle spine damage due to a tumor. After forgiving his boss, Rich’s PSA levels returned to normal. Sharon forgave her mother for her cancer to go into remission.
While there is a mystery of how forgiveness affects the body, the author has repeatedly seen miracles when one desires to forgive with humility as they seek the truth. Not always leading to reconciliation, one cannot change the past but can have self-acceptance by shedding anger and forgiving.
Using prayer and anointing oil, the Presbyterian writer gives his Christian viewpoints as well as mentioning Hinduism, the Waorani tribe of Ecuador, and myths of forgiveness. Rarely noting that God has a particular purpose in our lives when we face debilitating illnesses or even death, the book may be helpful for those who struggle with forgiving others and themselves.
Author Barry is the Director of Pastoral Care at Cancer Treatment Centers of American in Pennsylvania. Having served in the ministry for over twenty years, he is an author of several books.
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