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Forgiveness: How and Why? (Full Program) (Episode 331)

posted on May 26, 2010 at 11:07 AM

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On this edition of The Iowa Journal, some well-known Iowans share their insights into forgiveness. Opera singer Simon Estes talks about his father's untimely death and what that taught him about forgiveness. And Joan Becker, mother of a mentally ill son who killed Parkersburg's town icon, Coach Ed Thomas, talks about how forgiveness is helping her deal with life after violence and loss. Her minister, Pastor Brad Zinnecker, also adds insight. The Iowa Journal will quiz experts about not just why forgiveness should be practiced, but how to effectively practice it. These experts include: • Dr. Nathaniel G. Wade, associate professor of psychology at Iowa State University, has been studying the effects of forgiveness counseling on different groups of volunteers since 2000. • Sandy Hoenig, also from Ames, is a retired school counselor who has been a forgiveness workshop leader for more than 10 years. Her book is titled "The Joy of Forgiveness." • And, Mary Hayes Grieco is the director of The Midwest Institute of Forgiveness Training in Minneapolis. Mary has been teaching an 8-step model of forgiveness for more than 20 years in the U.S. and abroad. She is also the author of books and CDs, including "The Peaceful Heart" and "Be a Light: Illumined Essays for Times Like These." (28:46)

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