Set Free: The Authentic Catholic Woman's Guide to Forgiveness


Genevieve Kineke

In the midst of preparing for the bustling holiday season, a very special book arrived on my desk for review. Set Free: The Authentic Catholic Woman’s Guide to Forgiveness is the follow up to Genevieve Kineke’s standout book The Authentic Catholic Woman. While I have not completely finished reading Set FreeI wanted to intentionally share it with you now, in the midst of the Advent season.

Here’s the blueprint for Genevieve’s book:

A woman’s vocation is to love—indeed, this feminine gift is essential to the health and strength of civilization. Yet women cannot love freely unless they can move past the personal wounds that are inevitable in a fallen world. Once women see the grace and freedom inherent in forgiveness, their natural response to injury will give way to the transforming power of God’s grace.

In these compelling stories of forgiveness, from the trivial (forgiving a friend who forgets an appointment) to the traumatic (forgiving childhood physical and sexual abuse), Genevieve weaves biblical truths and real-life stories together in a way that reveals the heart of forgiveness: the freedom that comes from letting go and forgiving.

In Set FreeGenevieve makes a strong case for women to be at the forefront of forgiveness:

The work of forgiveness, then, is integral to our feminine vocation. It will not only transform each of us but also give new life to the Church, through which humanity will be reconciled to its loving Father. Not only will we “aid humanity in not falling,” but we can provide a bridge of healing and restoration for others at this critical juncture.

Set Free: The Authentic Catholic Woman’s Guide to Forgiveness

You may be nodding your head in complete agreement, while at the same time asking silently in your heart, “But how?” The holiday season seems to be a time when hurts fester and often boil over. We women often daydream of the picture postcard perfect holiday and find ourselves emotionally destroyed when sarcastic humor, the silent treatment, or full-borne feuding becomes the reality at our celebrations.

For forgiveness to become a reality, there is work to be done. And the time to begin that work is now. The great news is that with  Set Free: The Authentic Catholic Woman’s Guide to Forgiveness Genevieve gives us a plan, real world examples and companionship for what lies ahead. In Chapter 4, entitled “Nuts and Bolts”, we’re given a comprehensive guide to the process and practical applications at play in truly forgiving. I also love the wonderful appendices in Genevieve’s book, which offer practical resources that will be of aid to you in your life.

If age-old divisions are separating you from true spiritual peace, I urge you to read and pray with Genevieve KIneke’s Set Free: The Authentic Catholic Woman’s Guide to ForgivenessOften, the person we most need to forgive looks back at us from the mirror each morning — if this ails you, you too will find peace with Genevieve’s book. May it be a blessing to you as you begin proactive steps along your path to reconciliation.

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Copyright 2012 Lisa M. Hendey


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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