The Peacegiver by James I. Ferrell is written in story format, and brings us right into the life of Rick Carson, whose marriage is falling apart. He thinks it’s all his wife’s fault. She’s cold and distant and she criticizes him constantly. He’s done everything he can to provide for her and their children, what more could she want from him? Their love is dead, and it’s her fault, right? Through a series of dreams or visions, his dead grandfather helps him understand some things.
Spiritual truths in The Peacegiver
The focus of the book is the Atonement of Christ presented in a way the main character has never heard before. Another spiritual truth that his refusal to forgive his wife is not only damaging their marriage and harming her, but it’s harming himself and keeping him from experiencing the kind of life he could have if he would just learn to accept this one thing.
This book contains Mormon ideology, but it was easy for me to look past that and find the book useful as an Orthodox Christian. If you’re not LDS, you don’t have to let the Mormon elements that the author mentions get in the way of seeing the part that applies to us all, which is the perspective on the Atonement and how we can completely change our relationships just by realizing and embodying that one concept: Christ took on the sins of all, not just our own.
Refusing to forgive
Christians of all types know that, but what it means might not really sink in. When we refuse to forgive others, we are in effect refusing to “forgive” Him (even though He was sinless and does not need our forgiveness). When we choose to be upset with someone rather than letting it go, we are telling Jesus that what He did for us is not enough to make up for the pain we’ve experienced. How could we do such a thing?
Will Rick learn to let it go and love his wife again? Travel through time and space with Rick Carson, hear what he hears, and come to understand something that could change your life forever through this fast read.