by Sarah Holman
When I started writing Brothers and Betrayal, I didn’t have a theme in mind, but then I rarely do when I start writing a book. It takes me a while of getting into the characters and story to find the lesson/theme. The theme quickly became one of forgiveness and its power.
I have struggled a lot with forgiving others and myself through my life. I easily take offence for others and harbor anger and unforgiveness. I remember a time not that long ago when I felt like there was rage always right beneath the surface, and I lashed out on a regular basis and then felt guilty. It took me a lot of time in prayer to realize that the anger was due to a grudge that I was holding against someone who had hurt my family. It had felt right at first to stay angry at them and recount their wrongs against us. After all, what they had done had hurt. However, it quickly became a burden to me.
In my favorite TV show, Sue Thomas FBEye, there is a quote about forgiveness that I love: “Forgiveness is for the one who forgives.” While it can be very healing to the one who is told they are forgiven, it is even more freeing to the person who lets go of the hurt and paint that they have been holding onto.
I know very well that to forgive is far easier said than done. Forgiveness is a process that can take days, months, or even years. The good thing is that we do not have to work it out on our own. God is ready and willing to help us to forgive.
Would you like to join me in exploring the theme of forgiveness in my newest book? You can pre-order a copy of Brothers and Betrayal here.
Sarah Holman is a not so typical mid-twenties girl: A homeschool graduate, sister to six awesome siblings, and author of three published books and counting. If there is anything adventuresome about her life, it is because she serves a God with a destiny bigger than anything she could have imagined.