Journey to Forgiveness by David Peterson

Release Date: January 2023

Journey to Forgiveness

21 Milestones to Freedom

Journey to Forgiveness: 21 Milestones to Freedom presents the “How” of forgiveness with 21 helps for the forgiveness journey along with the latest understanding of the science of forgiveness and help from God.

Journey to Forgiveness by David Peterson

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About The Book

Release Date: January 2023

Publisher: Tall Pine Books

Genre: Hope & Encouragement

ISBN: 979835812920

From medical journals to the Bible, we are told to forgive.

But what does it mean to forgive? How do we go about it? What are the consequences of refusing to do so?

In his book, David Peterson explores and answers these very questions and more.

Pulling insights from his own testimony of forgiveness, David provides rich insight and inspiration into this essential human journey. David’s passion for seeing people walk in forgiveness is tangible from and evident from his time spent learning the process, biblical context, and the science of forgiveness.

Journey to Forgiveness: 21 Milestones to Freedom is a hopeful book, perfect for anyone with the desire to overcome trauma, find freedom from unforgiveness and walk in healing with Christ. With twenty-one milestones to journey through, you will be challenged to let your guard down and be honest with yourself, others, and God.

Find new life today in the undeniable power of forgiveness.

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Somehow you found this little book, or perhaps it found you as you experience your own milestones toward forgiveness. It’s likely that you’ve been living this “human experience” for a while now, and you probably realized early on that human experience comes with pain. While physical pain usually disappears with time, mental, emotional, and spiritual pain remains and is frequently relived with no end in sight. This pain brings us to a fork in the road between forgiveness and unforgiveness.

The decision is ours to make. Unforgiveness binds us to past offenses and prevents us from moving into the destiny God has for us. Sometimes, we don’t even recognize the presence of unforgiveness in our lives as we go about our human journey, not realizing or recognizing when things could be better, our relationships might be improved, and we could live so much more joyfully.

Forgiveness allows us to embark upon a journey that offers us a pathway to life and freedom beyond the pain and past offense.

The past wounds and offenses we carry with us into life weigh us down and prevent us from getting on with life unfettered. The writer of Hebrews comments on the life of faith versus bondage:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God had set before us (Hebrews 12:1, NLT, emphasis added).

Note the words bolded in the Scripture above: “weight,” “slows us down,” “trips us up.” Do you have unforgiveness in your heart? Are we hauling a bag of offenses behind? Is your spiritual journey compro-mised? Perhaps you already recognize it, but maybe you don’t.

Here are a few questions that may help reveal unresolved hurts and offenses. Consider these questions carefully as you move to the milestones:

  • Do you experience bursts of anger?
  • Are you petty and impulsive in responding to others?
  • Do you insist that an offending party understand how you feel and apologize?
  • Do you wrestle with compulsive behaviors like making unnecessary purchases, cleaning, and comfort eating?


When I started reading Journey to Forgiveness: 21 MileStones to Freedom, I was wondering and asking if there was going to be anything different or new. I quickly discovered the answer is, “Yes, for sure.” Journey to Forgiveness is the best “how to forgive” book that I have read or seen.

And it also gives hope for those who wonder if forgiveness is doable or may be asking, “Am I fixable?” The answer is yes.

David Peterson makes forgiveness doable by providing Scriptures, personal stories and examples of those who learned how to forgive and receive forgiveness, personal reflection questions that help identify who and what we need to forgive, ways to connect with the Holy Spirit’s power enabling us to forgive, and simple prayers for each one of the twenty-one milestones to freedom.

Doctor of Ministry, Fuller Theological Seminary
Master of Divinity, Luther Theological Seminary

Founder and Director, Heart of the Father Ministries, Portland, Oregon

Why is it so hard to forgive? When someone hurts us, we know that we should forgive, that it would make life easier. But it’s not easy. Sometimes it is difficult to forgive people who have done us wrong and inflicted Pain and abuse on us. Yet as Christians, we know that forgiveness is central to our faith.

David Peterson has not only written a book on forgiveness but has also lived through his own agony by those who did him wrong. In his book Journey to Forgiveness: 21 Milestones to Freedom, David guides you up the mountain till you reach your final milestone where freedom is your place in God. David’s milestones are like resting points as you climb up the mountain to get ready to reach the next milestone. His wisdom and compassion are demonstrated throughout the journey, and his book will be embraced by those who long to experience the peace and wonder of forgiveness.

Acquisitions Consultant
Whitaker House Publishers

The invitation extended in the words of Jesus, reechoing the Scriptures throughout the Old and New Testaments of sacred Scripture, is presented by Pastor Dave Peterson in this small but precious book on FORGIVENESS. The author’s insight into the process and lived experience in his own life encourage us to trust that God’s grace can bring about this miracle.

ASC, NACC Board Certified Chaplain

In this wonderful gem, the greatest malady of our time, bitterness and resentment, meets the greatest cure of all time: forgiveness and release.

Tapping deep into his own story, David’s insights have matured into the well-aged wisdom we need. David’s book is practical. He provides gentle, step-by-step guidance through each milestone to freedom. Whether you’re grinding an axe pulling you apart or want to prepare your heart for that inevitable day of hurt and disappointment, this book will saturate you with the all-encompassing nature of God’s love, the transformative wisdom of Scripture, and the hope of personal transformation.

Director, Department of Pastoral Services Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

About the author

“What does it mean to forgive? How do we go about it? What are the consequences of refusing to do so?”

David Peterson, author

Rev. David P. Peterson is an ordained pastor and Board-Certified Chaplain with over thirty years of experience in ministry to congregations and chaplaincy experience in hospitals, fire/EMS, and law enforcement. He has provided crisis care in mass shooting and community disasters. Rev. Peterson is also president and the publisher of Wave Dancer Media, LLC, sharing stories of resilient living.

​Rev. Peterson is a Master of Divinity graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, PA. He and his wife, Arden, and their four sons and families, as well as Daisy, their Golden Retriever, reside in the area of Chesapeake, Virginia. Rev. Peterson is a passionate worshipper of Jesus, and a lover of fishing and all things smoked and grilled. He is Senior Pastor at Apostles Lutheran Church in Chesapeake, VA.


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