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Remarkably, as many as sixty-six thousand churches are in conflict at this moment, and one-third of those will experience permanent damage. Though Christ commanded his followers to forgive, we often don’t, and that lack of forgiveness poisons all ofMoreRemarkably, as many as sixty-six thousand churches are in conflict at this moment, and one-third of those will experience permanent damage. Though Christ commanded his followers to forgive, we often don’t, and that lack of forgiveness poisons all of our relationships. Churches are particularly vulnerable to unforgiveness for a simple reason—no one has taught us what forgiveness actually is, how it benefits the forgiver and the forgiven, and, most importantly, how to forgive. The Road Home provides a pathway to forgiveness and healthy reconciliation for churches wounded by conflict. While the road it follows is not easy—just as forgiving is not easy—the result is an explosion of grace and restoration, taking relationships beyond where they were to where they were meant to be.“Full of contemporary illustrations and case studies, Puls deftly integrates biblical teaching on forgiveness and reconciliation with the latest scientific thought and research, and applies them to the challenges many of us face as leaders and followers in our churches, ministries, and communities. The Road Home is a valuable and very readable addition to the current literature on corporate life and practical theology.”—Paul S. Regan, President of Christian Association for Psychological Studies“Don’t swallow the hurt. Let it go. Forgive. Be reconciled. Allow God to heal. These are the teachings of Jesus and the hallmarks of his body. The Road Home offers a step-by-step guide to repentance, restoration, and new life together in Christian community.”—Tim Clinton, President of American Association of Christian CounselorsDr. Darrell Puls is the founder of Peacebridge Ministries, which works with pastors, staff, and leaders in churches experiencing internal conflict. Dr. Puls has worked with interpersonal, group, and organizational conflict for more than thirty-five years as a mediator, trainer, consultant, and coach.