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Could This Book Save Your Life?

Forgive To Live

Every one of us has a “grievance story” – a hurtful event perpetrated by someone who mattered in our lives. And for most of us, that hurt simply will not go away.

Enter forgiveness.

Unfortunately, while most of us have been taught we should forgive, we’ve never been shown how or why to forgive. In this revised and updated edition of Forgive to Live, Dr. Dick Tibbits demonstrates that understanding and practicing forgiveness can literally save your life!

The truth is, forgiveness does not balance the scales of justice any more than vengeance does. But a failure or inability to forgive creates an inner anger – sometimes observable, but oftentimes unseen – that affects our emotional, spiritual and physical well-being, from broken relationships and cynicism that lead to isolation, to health issues that lead to a shortened life expectancy.

Using his years of study in the behavioral sciences, observation of patients and his own published scientific study, Dr. Tibbits not only provides practical advice on anger management and goal-setting, but also case studies, assessment tests and other interactive techniques to help you learn and live honest-to-goodness forgiveness. As he provocatively shows, forgiveness is the only way to get your life back and to keep your past from destroying your future.

Why You Should

Read This Book

Anger kills…every day…through a host of ailments such as depression, stress, broken relationships and heart disease. Yet its victims often never know what hit them.

Though there’s no quick fix for this silent killer, Dr. Dick Tibbits’ groundbreaking research reveals a solution: forgiveness.

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, this revised and updated edition of Dick Tibbits’ powerful book shows you how to forgive – insight by insight, step by step – in a workable plan that can effectively reduce your anger, improve your health and put you in charge of your life again, no matter how deep your hurts.

This Book Will Help You

  • Take steps to reframe their grievance story.
  • Benefit from forgiveness no matter how the other person responds.
  • Learn the 7 strategies for dealing with anger that don't work.
  • Understand the physiological mechanisms which can cause high blood pressure and other stress related diseases.
  • Stop giving control of their life to people from their past.
About the Author

Dr. Dick Tibbits

Dr. Dick Tibbits has worked in the field of behavior and spiritual health for over forty years. He is a licensed professional mental health counselor, an ordained minister, a certified clinical pastoral educator, as well as an author and sought after speaker. Currently he is an executive coach for hospital leaders and a performance coach to some of the world’s premier motorsports racers. He holds a doctorate in psychotherapy from Andover-Newton Theological School as well as an M.Div. degree from Andrews University.

A Pioneer in Spiritual Intervention

Dr. Tibbits is a pioneer in using a specific spiritual intervention to target a very specific disease and has presented his research at The National Institutes of Health, Harvard University, The Mayo Clinic, Duke University, Loma Linda University, and Stanford University. He has also conducted research on stress management using principles from his work with those who must perform in extreme stress situations.

Over the course of his career he has served as a pastor, pastoral educator and clinical counselor at Kettering Medical Center, Chief People Officer at Florida Hospital Orlando, COO of Loma Linda University Medical Center, and COO/CEO of Florida Hospital Tampa.  He lives in Florida with his wife, Arta.

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Praise for Forgive to Live


“Dr. Tibbits has done the research and scientifically documented the healing power of forgiveness. Read it and live!”

Author name Harold Koenig

Author title Author of The Healing Power of Faith; Director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, Duke University Medical Center

Praise for Forgive to Live


“Dick Tibbits…writes with a deep understanding of the subject and offers a methodology that will certainly work for those who apply its principles.”

Author name Fred Luskin

Author title Author of Forgive For Good; Director and Cofounder of the Stanford Forgiveness Project

Praise for Forgive to Live


“Literally, the ideas and practices in Forgive to Live may save your life.”

Author name Dr. Kenneth R. Pelletier

Author title Author of Sound Mind, Sound Body; Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona School of Medicine

Praise for Forgive to Live


“Forgiveness is more than a noble gesture toward someone else. It is an act of kindness that changes one’s self and the world as well.”

Author name Larry Dossey, MD

Author title Author ofThe Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things

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Where to Purchase

Order Online

Forgive to Live: How Forgiveness Can Save Your Life, 10th Anniversary Edition

Forgive to Live Workbook

Forgive to Live Devotional: 56 Spiritual Insights on Forgiveness that Could Save Your Life

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Download your free desktop wallpapers when you subscribe to the Forgive to Live list. These free wallpapers give you daily reminders about forgiveness with beautiful images and quotes from the book Forgive to Live by Dr. Dick Tibbits. Subscribers will also receive monthly emails from AdventHealth Publishing, advanced notice of books, and exclusive special offers.

Unbroken Film

Unbroken: Path to Redemption

Based on Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling book, Unbroken: Path to Redemption begins where the hit movie Unbroken concludes, sharing the next amazing chapter of the unbelievable true story of Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini.

Louie’s wrathful quest for revenge drives him deeper into despair, putting the couple on the brink of divorce. Until Cynthia experiences Billy Graham’s 1949 Los Angeles Crusade, where she finds faith in God and a renewed commitment to her marriage and her husband. Now, her most fervent prayer is for God to help Louie find the peace and forgiveness he so desperately needs.

In theaters September 14, Unbroken: Path to Redemption brings to life the rest of this powerful real-life story of forgiveness, redemption, and amazing grace.

Material from Dr. Tibbits groundbreaking research is available to viewers who want to study more after watching this compelling film.

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Bulk Purchase

For Churches

Bulk discounts available for churches whether you are buying Forgive to Live books in bulk for your church, group study, or for ministering in your community. To receive your bulk discount coupon subscribe to the Church Email List. You will also receive free bulletin inserts when you subscribe. These free PDFs are excerpts from the book Forgive to Live by Dr. Dick Tibbits that can be printed with permission as bulletin inserts.

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Live Simulcast Event

During this two hour simulcast event, Dr. Dick Tibbits presents original medical research demonstrating how forgiveness can actually prevent heart disease as well as reduce multiple other negative physical and emotional elements in a person. As Christians we understand the overwhelming need for forgiveness both for our salvation and relationship with God and others, but during this event, you’ll not only see the spiritual importance, but the physical reality of forgiveness as well. This process could save your life!

Forgive to Live

CEUs Through Simulcast

Presented by AdventHealth, AdventHealth University of Health Sciences Division echelon® , and AdventHealth Clinical Pastoral Education.

Drawn from his groundbreaking research and his popular “Forgive to Live” seminars – Dr. Dick Tibbits reveals the clinically proven steps and tools every person needs to uncover their grievance story, eliminate the unresolved anger that they can and can’t see – and forgive for good.

This course is from the “Forgive to Live: How Forgiveness Can Save Your Life” seminars by Dr. Dick Tibbits in which he presents original medical research demonstrating how forgiveness can actually prevent heart disease as well as reduce multiple other negative physical and emotional elements in a person. As Christians we understand the overwhelming need for forgiveness both for our salvation and relationship with God and others, but during this course, you’ll not only see the spiritual importance, but the physical reality of forgiveness as well.

This course is appropriate for Chaplains, Nursing Professionals, Social Workers, Bereavement Specialists, Mental Health Counselors, CPE Students, Seminary and Religious Studies Students, Patient Advocates, Volunteers, Lay Ministers and other persons in care giving vocations and professions. This course meets all criteria and has been approved by the Florida Board of Nursing for 1.5 CNE.

About the Research

In a groundbreaking clinical study, Dr. Tibbits demonstrated there is a link between practicing forgiveness and better health—specifically hypertension reduction. The results of his clinical study were published in The Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling (Spring-Summer 2006, Vol. 60, Nos. 1-2).

For his pioneering research, Dr. Tibbits collaborated with Florida Hospital and Stanford University in conducting the study to determine if there was a link between a spiritual intervention (forgiveness) and better health (lowering blood pressure). The specific objective of the study was to determine if patients with diagnosed stage-1 hypertension could benefit by a forgiveness training program to achieve measurable reductions in anger expression and blood pressure. The results of the study indicated that patients who had experienced high anger had significant drops in their blood pressure.

Dr. Tibbits was invited to present the results of his original research on forgiveness and heart disease at the National Institute of Health (NIH) conference on Spirituality and Healing. His findings have been cited by numerous subsequent studies on the topic.