You have probably seen Iyanla on Oprah’s life class or heard her on Hay House radio. If not, you may have seen her show, ‘Iyanla, Fix My Life’. But even if you have not seen her in one of those places, or in one of her workshops, you have probably heard about her. She is a strong, powerful woman, and you take notice when you see her.
Forgiveness is her book on forgiving yourself, your viewpoints, and the people who have done you wrong in your life. Each chapter is devoted to forgiving something, whether it be your body, mother, failures, choices, men, women, and even the world. In total, there are 18 days of forgiving and 3 forgiveness letters that you write to someone or something that you want to really forgive (more powerful than you can imagine.)
What I loved most about this book is that it was so interactive. You practice forgiveness each day. Each forgiveness chapter begins with a story, and then requires you to take action towards forgiving the subject of the chapter. All books should be like this! All books should require that you practice what you read and put it into action. I don’t know how many times I have read a book and forgot the majority of the words, but with Forgiveness, I remember almost every chapter and story I read.
The second best thing was the tapping during each chapter on the forgiveness statements. I had been actively trying to learn about tapping (also called Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT) just before I started to read this book. I didn’t know that Iyanla was such a big promoter of tapping!
In Forgiveness, you write out your forgiveness statements and then go through a tapping process regarding them. It was amazing to feel the intensity level around the issue go down as I tapped. I truly felt good, mentally and physically, after my tapping sessions. Tapping is supposed to clear out any energetic blockages standing in the way of healing the mind and body, similar to acupressure.
The third best thing was Iyanla’s words. I felt like I could hear her talking when she was telling a story or describing why you should forgive. I swear you can feel her energy through her words, and I was never bored or tempted to skip a section because I enjoyed every word she wrote down.
This book brought a whole bunch of insights into my life. I realized that I am much harsher on myself than I think. I also realized that I have already dealt with some past issues that used to really affect me but have become less of an issue now. I don’t normally acknowledge all the things I acknowledged in this book, and doing so (getting real as Dr. Phil would say) gave me more power over my life, my relationships, and my direction.
I have nothing bad to say about the book. I have seen some reviews on Forgiveness that complained about the EFT part of the book being dumb. I can’t complain about that because I am a big believer in energy healing (acupuncture and acupressure), and I feel that tapping is one viable form of doing so.
Will you really forgive in 21 days? First of all, Iyanla’s book Forgiveness touches every area of your life – whether or not you know you need to forgive something there or not. So, anything that you are not forgiving from your past will be discussed and you will have the chance to practice forgiveness towards it.
Even better, because you do it daily for 21 days, you start to make a habit out of forgiving not only when you are required to in the book, but when you feel anger or resentment towards someone or something throughout the day.
So, yes, I feel that it will help you forgive past stuff in 21 days AND help you to continuously forgive people and situations as they happen.
That’s why I recommend this book to everyone who is ready to forgive and move on towards happiness.
Note: I Received this book from Hay House to review as a part of the Book Nook blogger program. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.