Last Saturday, March 4, 2017, I attended businessman and author, Ardy Roberto’s, Project Author: Ministry Edition workshop (this is for another blog post) and I won a copy of Nelson Dy’s book, Regret No More, published last year and launched at the Manila International Book Fair last September. I didn’t think much about it until I started reading it on the bus during my commute going home from Alabang to Marikina. I couldn’t put it down—it was that good!
This is the first book by Nelson that I have read. His other books were mostly about romance, broken hearts, and career advice. Nelson was a speaker at Ardy’ workshop and I really admire the man’s gift for journalling and documentation; he even showed some of his journals from 1997!
As I mentioned in my recent article about regret found HERE, we regret because we want to punish ourselves for the things that we did or did not do. Nelson expounds this issue in detail in the book and offers ways to combat it.
He starts with describing the negative consequences that one experiences during regret, then asks the reader to make a peace pact with himself, and then, points them to God who heals all wounds. But that’s not all. He also tells the reader what compels us to regret so that when we are in that situation again, we will not repeat our mistakes.
Nelson also makes an exposition on the question, “Will there be regrets in heaven?” and gives three reasons for his stand. You have to buy the book to find out his answer, though. 😎
Regret is one of the saddest words in the English language and the saddest event in a person’s life. I understand that fully well. I went through bouts of regret in my life and was at a loss on how to stop my misery. As a Bible-believing Christian, I too, know of the promises of God that Nelson enumerates in the book. But even though I know it, I still struggled, regularly. Nelson has given people like me, who have battled regret, and still does as part of life, a clearer picture of how destructive regret is. His advice is sound, practical and most especially, biblical. I know that I will make a few more mistakes in my lifetime, I just pray that when those times do come, Jesus, in His grace, will allow me to take stock, evaluate, then move on, rejoicing in God, my Savior and committing not to make the same mistakes again.
Regret No More by Nelson T. Dy is available at all OMF Literature bookstores, Philippine Christian Book Stores, National Bookstores and online at www.passagesbooks.com at PhP225.00.
ABOUT NELSON T. DY: Nelson is, obviously, an author, and a speaker on relationships, workplace, and spirituality issues. Regret No More is his fifth book with OMF Literature. He is also a columnist for the Philippine Start and People’s Journal Tonite and a regular contributor to Evangelicals Today. Nelson is a Plant Manager for a well-known beverage conglomerate. He also married to the wonderful Lucy Cheng-Dy, whom he describes as “the answer to my prayers and the fulfillment of my dreams.”
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