Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Dove-Award Winning Christian artist Matthew West has written a wonderful called Forgiveness. This book is based on his hit song by the same name (which is currently nominated for Dove Song of the Year).

West invited his fans to submit stories to him for inspiration in his song writing, and that led to his album The Stories of Your Life. One powerful story was submitted by a lady named Renee, and her story led to the song “Forgiveness,” which was saved for West’s next album.

Renee recounted how a drunk driver killed her teenage daughter and her daughter’s best friend in a car accident. Anyone would understand if Renee chose to respond in anger, bitterness, or hatred, but instead she chose forgiveness. The drunk driver was convicted and sentenced, but eventually Renee and her family petitioned the judge for his early release. The man has turned his life around through the power of forgiveness, and today is a believer in Jesus.

Here are the lyrics to the song that inspired the book:

It’s the hardest thing to give away
And the last thing on your mind today
It always goes to those that don’t deserve

It’s the opposite of how you feel
When the pain they caused is just too real
It takes everything you have just to say the word…


It flies in the face of all your pride
It moves away the mad inside
It’s always anger’s own worst enemy
Even when the jury and the judge
Say you gotta right to hold a grudge
It’s the whisper in your ear saying ‘Set It Free’


Show me how to love the unlovable
Show me how to reach the unreachable
Help me now to do the impossible

Help me now to do the impossible

It’ll clear the bitterness away
It can even set a prisoner free
There is no end to what it’s power can do
So, let it go and be amazed
By what you see through eyes of grace
The prisoner that it really frees is you

I want to finally set it free
So show me how to see what Your mercy sees
Help me now to give what You gave to me

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