Written by cycleguy on September 13th, 2020

I’m going to take a break from my posts on Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World to do a far more enticing and exciting book. There is one thing for sure about old age: unless you write something down you are sure to forget it. It isn’t that earth-shattering but I cannot, for the life of me, remember where I saw this book for the first time. I don’t know if I was reading a book and it was mentioned, or was just passing by it on Amazon but I stopped, read the short blurb on it and decided to get it. Or I may have seen his book on The Uniform of Leadership, decided to buy it and saw this one right beside. No matter. 🙂  I just want to say one thing: GO BUY THIS BOOK!!

Live to Forgive: Moving Forward When Those We Love Hurt Us

Jason Romano is with a Christian sports magazine called Sports Spectrum.  He also has a podcast that I have started listening to.   Before that he was involved behind the scenes at ESPN for close to 17 years. Before that he was an abused child-mostly verbally abused (never physically) by an alcoholic father.  It is quite a story.

I’m not going to tell you the nuts and bolts of the story. It is much too involved than I have time to get into here, but I will tell you that this is Jason’s story of struggling with his father’s alcoholism; his own response to it because of his Christian faith; and moving forward when those we love hurt us the most.

This is a FANTASTIC book for you or anyone you know who is struggling with forgiving someone who has hurt you/them in the past by their behavior or even continuing to do so.  It took Jason lots of years to finally forgive his father and…well I can’t tell you how it changed things or if it did.  I guess you will have to read the book to find out.  🙂  Since I’m a sports fan, I enjoyed some of his stories of Darryl Strawberry and Doc Gooden and their candid talk about their drug abuse and how it ruined their careers.  Both have found Christ and are doing their best to warn others of their path. But I want to make this clear: you do NOT have to be a sports fan to read this book.

I am buying an extra copy of this book to have in my office to hand out. I am that sold on this book.  By the way: have I told you that you ought to get a copy of this book and read it?  Warning: you may need some tissues handy.


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Bill, I just ordered the book, thanks for the recommendation. I don’t know if I told you or not but we have moved up to Northern Mn. Our daughter and husband are remolding an old cabin on their property for us. I have put my writing my book on hold till we get in it. We will be there most of the winter unless this virus issue makes it easier to meet face to face with our missionaries. Right now we are doing, facetime, message, phone calls and zoom calls. It’s sure changed our ministry but praise God not put us out of it. Looking forward to ready this book…sounds close to mine. It helps to read others, gives me ideas to try. I am maybe six chapters into mine. When our move started I had to come apart from writing on it. Pray all is well with you and yours.

    • cycleguy says:

      Knowing the little I know of your background, I’d say this is right up “your alley” Betty. It might be painful to read but also good to read. You have mentioned about moving to MN. I hope it goes well and you and Ace find it to be the place to spend the rest of your life serving the Lord. Thanks for the comment. And Jo and I are doing well at the moment. God has been so good to us. Thanks for asking.

  2. This definitely sounds like a must-read, Bill. For now, I’m adding it to my wish list as I have quite a few books to go through before I open my wallet to order another one.