I am a Professional Forgiveness Coach and owner of this amazing blog at Forgiving Connects. Through personalized coaching, I work with clients both individually and in groups to make peace with themselves and create more of what they want in their lives. A key in our work together is the powerful practice of Self-forgiveness, or freeing ourselves from the judgments we make inwardly.

This website & blog is a safe space for all of us to share our stories on forgiveness. It comes out of my own journey learning how to love myself and what works to truly help me forgive … fully.

I struggled with an eating disorder starting in puberty and on a deeper level, battled with self-criticism and even self-hatred.  This changed when I learned the powerful practice of Self-forgiveness. One day at a time, I began to accept and love all the parts of myself I’d judged.

Then, my mom was murdered in my 30s. Facing the grief and judgments from this act was a life-changer for me.  It opened me to a profound experience of compassion and letting go. I deepened in my ability to forgive and choose love—no matter what.

I am committed to knowing this completely and have been practicing and sharing about forgiveness for many years.  I have a Masters in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica and was valedictorian of the public policy program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  I also earned a Doctorate in Spiritual Science, where I completed a Practical Treatise on self-forgiveness as a key to living in your heart as a practical, day-to-day experience. I’ve spoken at the Annual Conference of the Institute for Individual and World Peace and am a regular attendee at the U.N. Spiritual Caucus group in New York.

Most recently, I was joined by 20 people in 4 countries for a 21-Days of Forgiveness adventure, where each participant slowed down with the steps to forgive––as they took action on a meaningful project in their life.  I ran a group on Self-Forgiveness and Money to help people let go of old stories and step into financial freedom. You can also find a plethora of webinars throughout the year, including “Self-Forgiveness and Relationship”, “Forgiving for Your Business Success”, and “Self-Forgiveness and a Healthy Body”, to name a few. And, I founded #ForgivingFridays, which is an international movement for people to share their stories and experiences, release judgments, and connect with each other through kindness.

I invite you to participate with me however you are called to do that.  Please contribute your stories to Forgiving Fridays! Sign up for a Forgiving Coaching Session or join our Forgiving Group on Facebook!  Watch a Forgiving Fours video! Ask me questions on forgiveness at my Contact Page!

Many blessings to you as you walk your own path of forgiveness, grace, and expansion.

With Great Love,

Debbie Roth<3

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  1. I absolutely love the idea for your blog: a safe space to share stories of forgiveness. It’s positive in a heartbreaking way, because don’t we all have secrets that we’re ashamed of, secrets we wish we could be forgiven for? I’m looking forward to seeing what stories you have to share 🙂

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  2. Glad to have discovered your blog, so much to learn from as you share you experience, already have. Staying tuned for more! -Cezane

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  3. What a wonderful idea! 🙂 Forgiving really is a cleansing for the soul – it makes me feel so much lighter and brighter.
    I hope you have much success with this project, Debbie.
    Blessing and kind regards – Robert (York – England)
    And thanks for stopping by my blog – most appreciated.

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      1. It is a lovely, historic city – for sure. Always lots going on and plenty to see. I was born in Sheffield, which is very hilly and that’s something I miss in York – it’s rather flat.
        Still – lots to compensate me: Japanese tourists, walls, a nice Chinese takeaway around the corner and a steady job. It’s all good! 😉


  4. Hi! I absolutely love your blog. It is so easy to relate to you and you put into words things that help me and put a smile on my face.

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  5. Hi Debbie. Thought I’d swing by at your ABOUT page too …… I’m so sorry that you have suffered such pain in your life and admire you for having chosen a path of compassion, forgiveness and love. You have a beautiful message for the world. Look forward to reading more of your blog. Blessings 🙂 Judith 🙂

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  6. Gosh Debbie – what an inspirational person you are to be able to share forgiveness after the horrific experience of losing your mum so tragically. Thanks for sharing and inspiring! x

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  7. Hi Debbie, I’m black from my trip visiting my daughter, read about yourself. Sorry about your mom. Great thing you’re doing in all areas of forgiving. I think there are two comments I made in Forgiving one another is still waiting for your moderations. Again, I’m glad we’re connected. I read some of your blogs and come back to read the rest. You’re blessed!! I’m grateful to see what is going on in your journey. Miriam

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    1. Oh Miriam, thank you for coming back and visiting more on my blog. 🙂 I looked back & didn’t see your comments pending approval in Loving One Another … thank you though! ❤ I'm so glad that you are here and we're connected. So many blessings your way, Miriam. Loving, Debbie

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  8. Hi Debbie, I don’t know if I have sent you this message. If I did, this is a repeat.

    Thank you for being an encouragement to me for your regular visit. I love your blog and I recently nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award. It may take time to go through the process, but there is no obligation. Feel free to accept or decline. If you would like to view, accept, and participate in the nomination, check out this link on my blog:

    https://thewersofblessing.wordpress.com, and go to my Award post for details.

    I enjoy reading your blog a lot.

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  9. Debbie, I just came over from Nikki’s Meet and Greet. I admire the courage it takes to be vulnerable and open about your struggles, as well as your victories in the form of forgiveness. I’ll be following along.

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. I love your prayer to forgive, and I acknowledge you for being real with where you are. To me, that is a great key to forgiveness. Keep going! You’re great 😊 Many blessings -Debbie


  10. Hello Debbie 🙂

    I came across your link through Nikki’s Meet & Greet party, and I am really glad you left it there. What an inspiring blog! I’m looking forward to read more… 🙂

    Have a lovely weekend, xx

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