Summer Book Club: Ouch! Learning to Forgive

It’s not too late to grab a copy of Family: How to Love Yours and Help Them Like You Back and join us in the Summer Book Club!

In “Ouch! (Learning to Forgive),” I divulged my weird “sympathy pains” thing, and we discovered some myths about forgiveness and healthy ways to cope with family pain.

So how can we handle and cope with the pain we experience within our families? Are we allowing the pain to be a tool that pushes us toward growth? Or are we handling the pain in destructive ways?

I’m here to chat about these ideas with you this week:

Whether you’ve been ignored, belittled, abused, or abandoned, family pain can cut really, really deep.

That’s why for our comments section discussion today, I’d love to hear which of the healthy ways to cope with pain (including forgiveness!) from this chapter you already utilize, and if you have any of your own recommendations for the rest of us.

If you have the book, look back at the healthy ways to cope with pain on pages 47–50. Which do you do already? Which do you want to try?

Keep turning those pages in Family: How to Love Yours (and Help Them Like You Back)! We’re moving into chapter four, “Ditching the Attitude,” this week. I’ll see you again next Monday for the next installment of our Summer Book Club!

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About Author

Jessie Minassian

Jessie Minassian is a speaker, blogger, and the author of ten books and Bible studies, including Crushed, Unashamed, and Backwards Beauty. She is the "resident big sis" at, a Q&A website for teen girls. Her work for teens and their parents has been featured internationally through outlets such as Focus on the Family, Parenting Today’s Teens, She Reads Truth, Axis, Revive Our Hearts and YouthWorker Journal. She and her husband live and serve at Hume Lake Christian Camps in California, and have two daughters.

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