Posted by Alison Lopez-Ramirez on 3rd May 2023
A brother's love, betrayals…websites and webs of lies…excuses and evasions…psychological insights, inward doubts, and physical pain…sadness, selfishness, supportive friends, seclusion, and secrets…gossiping, generosity, and God's plans…unwelcome visitors and unexpected revelations…painful conversations, keepsakes, and kindnesses…and finally forgiveness.
The writer reveals these raw experiences and emotions as well as her deep struggle to forgive others in an anonymous blog that has many followers. It is only there that she feels secure in sharing her innermost thoughts and feelings with others. Her blog is written in the train-of-thought writing style common to social media.
The Cost of Forgiveness slowly weaves together not only the anonymous blog writer's reflections but also the threads of the past and a protective family who loved her but were at a loss to truly understand her, her present life with its self-imposed isolation in a rural setting, coupled with tantalizing tidbits of the secrets she hides from others, as she gently teases the reader with almost-revealed but still hidden truths about her life. This slow self-revelation is interspersed with interesting details about her work as a website designer and her interests in poetry, books, and photography.
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Author Sandra Loman currently lives in Helena, Montana, where she homeschools her children. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, sculpting, reading, and nature walks. She graduated from Columbia Union College with a degree in religion. Her favorite Bible text is Isaiah 43:2 ("When you pass through the waters, I will be with you….."
A few years ago, she realized there were certain people in her life whom she had not forgiven. She decided to write this book to work through her own struggles with forgiving. It is her hope that those who read this book will realize that "forgiving can be an ongoing decision that one makes each day."
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