Grammy-Nominated Recording Artist Matthew West Has Released Book Based on Hit Song

Forgiveness Sheds Light on True Stories From Latest Album

Forgiveness“As Matthew West sings in his life-changing song, ‘The prisoner that you really free is you.’ The keys are in this book.”

– New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury

 New York Times acclaimed singer-songwriter and four-time GRAMMY ® nominee Matthew West is thrilled to release Forgiveness with Thomas Nelson Publishers, a division of Harper Collins Christian Publishing.

While working on his latest album, Into the Light, West set out on a journey asking people to share their stories. Twenty thousand true stories from people across the world poured in, each story connected by the same theme: forgiveness.

Renée shared about how she chose to forgive the drunk driver who hit and killed her daughter. Jordan described his fall from all-star athlete to drug addict and what helped him forgive himself years later.

These remarkable stories and others like it bring peace and healing to the one needing and the ones giving forgiveness. This remarkable gift book shares life-changing accounts of forgiving through divorce, betrayal, addiction, abandonment and even death.

“A good story can make you lose yourself, but a great one can help you find yourself,” West writes. “These stories have further shown me that forgiveness is both an unavoidable part of life and an essential factor in finding peace, joy and fulfillment as we live out our story.”

Forgiveness is now available in bookstores everywhere.




Matthew West is a Sparrow Records recording artist and an accomplished songwriter who has penned songs for many of today’s top Christian and country artists including Rascal Flatts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Natalie Grant, Mark Schultz, and Point of Grace. He has won two ASCAP Song of the Year awards and has also been a columnist for CCM. Matthew tours nationally, performing 100+ shows per year. He and his wife, Emily, have two daughters.


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By: Matthew West

Thomas Nelson


Firm On-Sale Date: 7/23/13

ISBN-13: 9781400322565

Price: $14.99

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