About the Book
Book: Forgiveness: A Surprising Way Forward
Authors: Mark Henderson and Michael Snuffer
Genre: Non-fiction; Interpersonal Relations; Religion
Release date: April 13, 2023
WHY AM I SO MISUNDERSTOOD? I am only trying to do what is right! Of course, I forgive, but I can’t seem to get past the pain. God seems distant. Does he even care about me?
Do any of these questions hit close to home? It may surprise you that the underlying cause is often hidden unforgiveness. Our closest relationships, emotional health, and perhaps even our faith seem to be crumbling around us, but most of us have no idea that forgiveness is the way forward. If we are honest, we don’t even know what forgiveness is. We may have a vague idea that it has something to do with “forgetting” or “letting go” but would be hard-pressed to come up with a working definition. Worse yet, we have no idea how to practice forgiveness in a way that brings lasting relief from the hurt we carry. Most of us are not trying to hang on to the pain, but freedom is elusive.
Freedom from your pain is within reach! Forgiveness is not a vague, esoteric concept, nor is it a lofty, out-of-reach ideal. Forgiveness: A Surprising Way Forward digs into the biblical definition of forgiveness, tells real stories of real people who have found healing, clears up some huge misconceptions surrounding forgiveness, and teaches us how topractice forgiveness. If we do not address the wounds of our past, they will shape our future. God has provided a powerful tool to help us find freedom—forgiveness is the surprising way forward!
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About the Authors
Mark Henderson received a Masters of Pastoral Counseling, was a licensed counselor, and served as a pastor of counseling for twenty years.
In Memory of Mark Henderson
Mark David Henderson, co-author of this book, passed away from cancer as this book was being finalized. Mark was a loving husband, father, and friend. He touched lives all over the world through his counseling ministry and often said he had a front row seat to God’s miracles. He always made sure the individual knew it was God’s healing, and Mark was simply the servant. His desire was to take what he learned and share it with others, which is the reason for this book.
Michael Snuffer has ministered as a counselor for more than ten years. Mark and Mike founded Equip2CounselTM, a ministry dedicated to providing simple yet powerful counseling tools globally to ministers.
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Challenging relationships, frustration with unfair treatment, bursts of anger, and disconnection from God are persistent problems for individuals who carry burdens from their past. Most are unaware unforgiveness is an underlying cause. Time, by itself, rarely brings healing. Instead, the wounds fester and become more painful. Many feel stuck and see no way forward to joy and peace. For most, forgiveness is the first step to healing.
Modern culture and thinking have muddled the meaning of forgiveness. Most don’t understand what forgiveness is or how to practice it. The result? Relief remains out of reach. Forgiveness is a powerful tool which brings healing and freedom.
Mark and I launched the Equip2Counsel™ ministry to provide powerful counseling tools which bring healing to hurting individuals around the world. We soon realized the limitations of in-person training and began to consider how written materials could extend the reach of these tools. We wrote Forgiveness: A Surprising Way Forward to provide a clear, step-by-step process. We wanted to share the stories of real people who found hope and healing through forgiveness. Whether you are a hurting individual or a counselor helping others, we hope many learn and apply the practice of forgiveness which brings freedom.
When/how did you decide to become a writer?
For many years writing was more a chore than a joy. My gifts and passions are helping hurting people find their way to joy and the abundant life Jesus promises. I guess I started to enjoy writing when I realized this could be a tool for helping many individuals find the life God wants for us.
Which author has most influenced your own writing?
I personally love Bob Goff’s fearless approach, his transparency sharing his life with others, and the way he teaches spiritual principles through storytelling. In the same way, Mark and I set out to demonstrate the truth of scripture through the real stories of individuals who have applied the principles and practices of forgiveness.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I love telling stories with a bit of shock value. I write because I want to help people take positive, life-changing action. I am not sure a new idea will convince someone to make a change unless it is surprising or pulls them out of their comfort zones a bit. Mark often toned down my writing to be less jolting to readers. Most of the time he was right, and I think it is a better book as a result.
Who was/is your biggest inspiration?
My mom and dad are both intelligent and highly entrepreneurial. I have no doubt they would be extremely successful had they chosen to pursue business careers. Instead, they followed God’s calling to full-time ministry. Other than Jesus Christ, they have influenced me most to be involved in the caring and counseling ministries which inspired this book.
Describe your book in five words.
Authentic, illuminating, unshackling, compassionate, hopeful
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I am a small business owner, which takes the lion’s share of my time and energy. For many years, I wrote in my spare time. Family, work, client demands, and ministry are all important, but can make it difficult to find the energy to invest in my writing.
Recently, I decided to switch up my schedule and start the day with authoring activities before moving on to the day’s normal demands. I find myself able to make consistent progress when I set aside even a short block of time at the beginning of the day for my writing activities.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Definitely a plotter. I think it would be impossible to write a book that would bring help or healing without possessing a clear and comprehensive understanding from the outset. Of course, sometimes I alter course when I have veered into an area which is irrelevant or missed a critical concept. Overall, though, I must lay out the entire message of a book before I write the first word.
Do you have a favorite or special place to write?
Wherever my laptop is. Mark Henderson and I worked together in business for several years driving back and forth across Midwestern states. We spent hours writing together in coffee shops, restaurants, and while traveling. I often manned the laptop in the passenger seat while Mark drove. Perhaps 80% of this book was written on highways crisscrossing America’s heartland.
What are your hobbies?
I enjoy being with my wife and best friend, Mary. Together, we enjoy visiting with our adult children and love traveling.
What is your favorite book?
The Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolken. I am amazed by the complexity, creativity, and unparalleled scope of this body of work. It’s one of the few series I read repeatedly and still feel drawn into the characters and story.
Do you prefer traditional books, ebooks, or audiobooks?
Depends on the setting. When I am driving, audiobooks are perfect (and much safer). I do appreciate the convenience of eBooks. When I am looking for a quote, I take full advantage of the ease of reviewing notes and highlights within digital readers.
Do you have a favorite Bible verse, or is there a particular Bible story that really resonates with you?
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. (Philippians 3:12)
I love the transparency and determination Paul expresses in this verse. While he is an Apostle of Christ, he realizes he has not yet achieved perfect maturity. He continues to push forward to become the person Jesus has made him to be. This brings me hope and encouragement to press forward toward the life God has planned for me.
Is there a particular literary period that you’re drawn to (Regency, Victorian, Romantic, Modernism, etc.)? Why?
When I read fiction, I find myself with mostly late 20th and 21st century writers. I suspect this is because much of the older language, idioms, and cultural references are lost on me. I find it easier to relate to more contemporary works of fiction.
If you could live inside a book, which one would it be?
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Floating down the river on a raft for several weeks sounds carelessly adventurous and wonderfully peaceful.
If you could meet one author, living or passed, who would it be?
I’d love to have coffee with Pastor Charles Swindoll. He is a student of the scriptures, a great communicator, and a wonderful storyteller who brings characters of the Bible to life. I love his playful spirit and the joy he brings to his teaching and writing style!
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Be patient, tenacious, and a persistent learner. Writing a book is not a straight line. Hold your writing loosely and be willing to change course when needed. Be ready to write and rewrite and rewrite until you create a manuscript that achieves your goals and is ready for your readers.
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