Regret-Free Living – a book review

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About the book

Regret-Free Living takes the focus from what was and what might have been and shines a bright light onto the path of what is and what is to be. Christian counselor Stephen Arterburn speaks honestly and forthrightly about what it takes to build strong, healthy relationships. Drawing on his own positive and negative experiences, he offers specific steps to rid yourself of relationship regrets, open your heart to healing, and move forward in love.

Arterburn’s practical counsel shows you how to recognize the signs and qualities of both happy and unhappy relationships, admit guilt and accept responsibility, find and give forgiveness, set boundaries, love and give out of fullness, and much more.

This is your invitation to, with God’s help, rid yourself of relationship regrets and begin building healthy, guilt-free relationships. Will you accept it? The choice is yours.


About the Author

Stephen Arterburn is founder and chairman of New Life Ministries and host of the nationally syndicated New Life Live! daily radio broadcast. A nationally known speaker, he’s been featured on Oprah, USA Today, US News & World Report, the New York Times and many other media outlets. Steve founded the Women of Faith conferences and is a bestselling author of more than 70 books including the multi-million selling EVERY MAN’S BATTLE series. Steve and his family live in Laguna Beach, California. Visit

My Review

Very practical. Very understandable. I’m sure this will prove to be a helpful book to many, especially those within the target audience: those who have made bad decisions, most pointedly, in their relationships, and need some good advice to help them dig their way out.

I found this book very easy to read, a trend that seems to be more and more popular in self-help/relational living/counseling books for the everyday person. the chapters are well-titled; you can look at each in the table of contents and have a pretty good idea what that chapter will be about. Within each chapter are helpful descriptions of the areas of concern and the steps to take to deal with that area.

If I have any reservations about this book, they would be two-fold. First, as I began to read, I had a hard time knowing who the target audience would be, other than “just about everybody who has regrets.” I felt like more like a listener to the radio program Arterburn has, and that each day is self-contained, and not necessarily connected to the previous.

Second, and this is a concern I always bring to the table whenever I read a “therapeutic” type book, is this: Does this book have me laying it down and looking to my Savior, Jesus Christ, for everything it’s just suggested? I have to admit, I just never sensed this to be the case here. Don’t get me wrong. Arterburn frequently directs us to look to God for help and forgiveness. Yet I couldn’t help but wonder how much better it could have been had the cross of Jesus Christ been far more central. Coming to Christ, knowing what the cross has accomplished, preaching the gospel to myself everyday is the only true way of living daily life in all its facets without regret.

Regret-free Living may be purchased here: Bethany House Publishers.


This book was provided for review purposes only by Bethany House Publishers.

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