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Bitterness often grows out of a small offense: perhaps a passing word, an accidental shove, or a pair of dirty socks left in the middle of the living room floor. Yet when bitterness takes root in our hearts, its effects are anything but small. In this collection of short articles, Jim Wilson and others discuss what it means to live as "imitators of God." As the Apostle Pau Bitterness often grows out of a small offense: perhaps a passing word, an accidental shove, or a pair of dirty socks left in the middle of the living room floor. Yet when bitterness takes root in our hearts, its effects are anything but small. In this collection of short articles, Jim Wilson and others discuss what it means to live as "imitators of God." As the Apostle Paul says in Ephesians, we have been called to leave the bitterness and anger of the world and instead embrace the love and compassion of our God. The authors remind us that we are to forgive others just as we have been forgiven, pointing to Scriptural admonitions and examples as they offer sound teaching on the trials and temptations of everyday life.


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Bitterness often grows out of a small offense: perhaps a passing word, an accidental shove, or a pair of dirty socks left in the middle of the living room floor. Yet when bitterness takes root in our hearts, its effects are anything but small. In this collection of short articles, Jim Wilson and others discuss what it means to live as "imitators of God." As the Apostle Pau Bitterness often grows out of a small offense: perhaps a passing word, an accidental shove, or a pair of dirty socks left in the middle of the living room floor. Yet when bitterness takes root in our hearts, its effects are anything but small. In this collection of short articles, Jim Wilson and others discuss what it means to live as "imitators of God." As the Apostle Paul says in Ephesians, we have been called to leave the bitterness and anger of the world and instead embrace the love and compassion of our God. The authors remind us that we are to forgive others just as we have been forgiven, pointing to Scriptural admonitions and examples as they offer sound teaching on the trials and temptations of everyday life.

30 review for How to Be Free from Bitterness: And Other Essays on Christian Relationships

  1. 4 out of 5

    Becky Pliego

    Probably the best book on the topic. It is straightforward, unashamedly biblical, incredibly practical, and super easy to read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    Full of biblical truths and wisdom.

  3. 5 out of 5

    CJ Bowen

    First read finished Nov. 9, 2011. Second read finished Mar. 5, 2015. Full of great, practical wisdom on important Christian living issues. The chapters on bitterness, relationships with parents, and "saturation love" were highlights. Wilson's basic message is simple and transformative: take God at His Word, and do what He says. Don't wait to obey until you understand - understanding comes through obedience.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sean Higgins

    This book is simple, like a punch in the face. It addresses things that are as Important as breathing for living with other people. Recommended if you have ever been sinned against, think you might be sinned against, or have ever sinned against someone else. Also, it may have the best book cover I’ve ever seen.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Josh Shelton

    Fantastic. The chapters on bitterness, anger, forgiveness, relationships with parents, gossip, and saturation love are just great.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Leila Bowers

    Don't avoid reading this book (like I did), thinking bitterness is not something you particularly struggle with, because this book is centrally about relationships. From how you deal with anger, parents, children, expectations, and forgiveness, Jim Wilson establishes foundational truths with directness and care. It is so accessible, and yet so convicting. You will also realize that even if you think you don't struggle with bitterness, you probably do, and we can all grow in our forgiveness and l Don't avoid reading this book (like I did), thinking bitterness is not something you particularly struggle with, because this book is centrally about relationships. From how you deal with anger, parents, children, expectations, and forgiveness, Jim Wilson establishes foundational truths with directness and care. It is so accessible, and yet so convicting. You will also realize that even if you think you don't struggle with bitterness, you probably do, and we can all grow in our forgiveness and love towards others.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jun Sung Lee

    Wasn’t really expecting much from the title and cover, but boy was I blown out of the water. The convicting and unmistakable power of Brother Wilson’s points in this short and poignant work is easily seen and traceable to his systematically studied and deeply integrated obedience to the Word of God. Given the living testimony of the Wilson clan, his Relationships with Parents and Saturation Love chapters spoke so powerfully to me that I was filled with hope and tears.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shaina Herrmann

    I'd recommend this book for absolutely anyone, but especially one who struggles with any kind of anger, bitterness, grudge-keeping, etc. It changed my entire understanding of many different sins, and did so entirely by just pointing out what scripture says about them. I love when books do that. :)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Andy Gainor

    This small little book is fantastic and throughly biblical. The thing I love about the Wilson’s is that they never try to excuse the Bible. The Bible is what the Bible says. It is refreshing. I loved the parent section as much as the essay on bitterness.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hollie D

    This is a book of short and practical essays on Christian living. Basic stuff, but also stuff I rarely hear. Straightforward. Biblical. Excellent.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Grindberg

    Very helpful and to-the-point book on the subject! Would recommend!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I needed this and you probably do too.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michael Bowman

    I could not recommend this book more highly.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey Kurtinitis

    One of the best books I have ever read on the topic of bitterness and forgiveness. If only I had found this book sooner! It should be required reading among Christians.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Great little booklet. Practical advice.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Doug Wilson, the son of the author, says “Bitterness is like eating rat poison and expecting it to kill the rat.” I can’t remember if that line is actually in the book, but if it isn’t, it should be. :-). There are other essays in this short book besides the ones on bitterness, all in the same plain-spoken straightforward manner. The man doesn’t pull many punches, but that’s as it should be.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    I cannot recommend this book enough. Wilson covers many topics other than bitterness, all of them incredibly helpful. Surprising how short each chapter is, but they pack powerful insight, and best of all it is Biblical. There is a chapter on loving your children with "saturation love." I took pictures of the text and sent them to a friend who has a family. He read it, did what Wilson said, and saw immediate change in his child. Read this book!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Hoover

    Fantastically practical and gospel centered. I should probably read it annually.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sam Stotts

    Five stars is for the first essay in this book. Really practical and helpful if you struggle with bitterness. 9/26: In thinking back on this book, the article “Saturation Love” was extremely useful and one I hope to pass on to many.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    This little book, a collection of essays from the Wilson crew will be one you come back to time and time again. Each article is applicable to life in relationship with others, as it deals with the most intimate and fragile issues we all face. Topics like forgiveness, anger, the tongue, love, parents, insecurity, etc. I am most impressed and moved by the chapter on "Saturation Love" -- a special article for parents. Parents are admonished to saturate their children with love and physical affectio This little book, a collection of essays from the Wilson crew will be one you come back to time and time again. Each article is applicable to life in relationship with others, as it deals with the most intimate and fragile issues we all face. Topics like forgiveness, anger, the tongue, love, parents, insecurity, etc. I am most impressed and moved by the chapter on "Saturation Love" -- a special article for parents. Parents are admonished to saturate their children with love and physical affection, constantly and genuinely--to love them until they literally cannot be loved any more. This includes quality time, quantity time, and undivided attention. There is help for the embittered son or daughter, hostile husband or insecure wife (or vice versa!), and remorseful father or mother. And the cover is GREAT.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brandi

    A must read for every Christian. In my own opinion should be read, at least once a year. Handy for self examination, which is so necessary for you to love your neighbors and to live a happy life in Christ. This should be in church membership packets and homeschool training for teens. We live our lives sinning and being sinned against. Conflict is inevitable. Thankful for Jim Wilson, and his testimony.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rivka D.

    First of all, can I just say how much I love the cover of this book. It is just great. This book is helpful in a casual and conversational way. It's nothing fancy, but it is true. Everyone struggles with bitterness (contrary to popular belief) and it is always good to remind ourselves the proper responses to make in bitter situations.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    The best biblical counsel on bitterness.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rick Davis

    This book had lots of good information and advice, but it seemed unfinished. I felt as if I was reading someone's notes on these topics rather than finished articles. Maybe someday Canon will send an editor through to make the book seem more cohesive and to polish up the prose a bit.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    Very basic and helpful in all the right ways.

  26. 5 out of 5

    W. Littlejohn

    Lordship term 3. I have all kinds of big sins, but bitterness was never a major temptation of mine, so I had trouble relating to this book. But I'm sure it's quite good.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Eli

    An excellent collection of essays on Christian relationships. A must read for all, even if you aren't a Christian!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chris Comis

    Pretty good practical advice and wisdom on dealing with conscious or even unconscious bitterness. Somewhat perfectionistic at points though.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Matt Carpenter

    Excellent review of how to deal with bitterness as a believer.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Great little book on relationships. Everything felt too short, though! Would've liked to have several sections fleshed out more. Really important topics in every chapter.

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