After listening to Leslie Leyland Fields share with the audience her own dysfunctional childhood at the 2014 Hearts at Home conference, I ordered her book, Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers. Reading this book in a twenty-four hour span, I ended up highlighting ninety-nine passages in this 213 page work.
Fields relays her own childhood traumas as well as others she has encountered in life and through research. In addition the Gold Medallion-nominated co-author, Dr. Jill Hubbard, a clinical psychologist, provides further professional analysis at the end of each chapter. Thus, not merely a “this is my story, and here’s what works for me,” but a credible exploration of forgiveness using both the Bible and the discipline of psychology as references.
Furthermore, an expansive list of references provides not only trustworthy support of the reading, but also a ready-made list of must reads and must views such as Patricia Hampl’s I Could Tell You Stories and Ed Dobson’s Ed’s Story.
For the purposes of book club, a group of trustworthy friends gathered together to speak honestly about Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers while eating endless bowls of ice cream in acknowledgment of Fields’ father would be ideal.