"I FORGAVE YOU YESTERDAY: Receiving Christ's Atonement Daily," by James Skeen, Cedar Fort, $15.99, Cedar Fort, $15.99, 208 pages (nf)
Author James Skeen recognizes that many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have difficulties fully accepting and joyfully using the Atonement in their lives. He teaches in "I Forgave You Yesterday: Receiving Christ's Atonement Daily" how brains can be rewired to more easily and fully accept this gift by explaining the difference between guilt and shame.
Learning how differently guilt and shame work in the human mind is helpful and enlightening. Skeen does an excellent job explaining how guilt can help people seek repentance and is a great learning tool. He says getting caught in feelings of shame usually put the repentance process on hold and often hinder, rather than help.
Skeen then talks about addictions in their many forms. Reading about how easily it is to become addicted to anything that puts a pause on the human experience, whether online gaming or food, can be enlightening and also scary. But Skeen uses this information to go into the next section of his book, explaining how to turn off the negative voices that so easily pervade brains, into understanding the ease at which the Atonement can, and should, be accepted and lived daily.Comment on this story
“I Forgave You Yesterday” is a marvelous book with deep and meaningful teachings taught in a loving and gentle way. Readers can easily get caught up in Skeen’s examples, which include a recent divorcée who can’t stop cutting herself, a husband addicted to pornography and a perfectionistic mother who seemingly has it all together, all while learning how to use those examples to better examine their own lives and learn how to better live and accept the Atonement.
This is a clean book that talks about difficult problems in an uplifting manner. It uses philosophical approaches to help readers understand the doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
A holder of several university degrees, Skeen is a professional counselor and former bishop in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He lives with his family in Loveland, Colorado.