From the list on redemption and forgiveness.
Who am I?
I have a passion for this theme because I have spent my whole adult life trying to redeem myself from things I did or failed to do in the past. I have learned that for me the only path to redemption is forgiveness, and the only path to forgiving oneself is forgiving others. I try to act on this passion in my professional life as a college professor and published novelist. My novels reflect my experiences with other people, especially young people trying to do the right thing under difficult if not impossible circumstances.
Tom's book list on redemption and forgiveness
Discover why each book is one of Tom's favorite books.
Why did Tom love this book?
I could relate to the convict who found the path toward redemption by helping other people. I believe that directing our thoughts and actions toward other people could be the only way to redeem ourselves from crimes we have committed and to attain forgiveness. The convict persists on this path despite being persecuted for crimes of his past. The minor characters are on this same path, which exemplifies the saying that love is not a feeling, it’s action.
Why should I read it?
5 authors picked Les Miserables as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
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