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Bishop T.D. Jakes encourages church goers to let go of their past in a
symbolic release of more than 8,000 balloon.

Jakes set to release new book, “Let it Go” on February 28th

Bishop T.D. Jakes, senior pastor of The Potter’s House, will turn his focus to the importance of forgiveness, as a prelude to his upcoming book on the subject called, "Let it Go!" This Sunday, February 19th, 'Forgiveness Sunday,’ Bishop Jakes will deliver a special message to his congregation on the importance of letting go of trespasses and offenses and moving beyond the trauma and disappointment of the past.  

Toward the end of the sermon, Bishop Jakes will move the message outside to the church parking lot, where parishioners will participate in a balloon release that will be symbolic of letting go of the past. About 8,000 white environmentally-friendly balloons, with the inscription, “Let It Go,” will soar into the air as participants write their grievances on the balloons and release their past hurts and grief with them.

Note: "Let it Go!" is due in stores on February 28 and will be available at Barnes & Noble, Sam's Club, Wal-Mart, Target, Amazon.com and other booksellers and online at www.tdjakes.org/letitgo. Bishop Jakes will host a special in-house signing on Sunday, February 26th at The Potter’s House of Dallas, 6777 W. Kiest Blvd., Dallas, TX 75236, immediately after the 9 a.m. church service.


WHEN: Sunday, February 19, 2012 at approximately 11 a.m.


WHERE: The Potter’s House of Dallas – front parking lot
6777 W. Kiest Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75236

WHY: Through 35 years of ministry and biblical counseling, Bishop Jakes has seen first-hand the damage that can manifest from unforgiveness, as well as the great successes and alliances that can form when people choose to forgive.
“Forgiveness is essential if we are to grow into the fullness of who God created us to be. When we refuse to forgive, we basically insist on setting our standards higher than God’s,” explains Bishop Jakes. “Forgiveness isn’t about weakening you but strengthening you to live again and love again performing at your highest capacity unencumbered by yesterday’s maladies.”

In Bishop Jakes’ new book, LET IT GO: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven (Atria Books; February 28, 2012; 978-1-4165-4279-7; $25.00), he explores “the art of forgiveness,” in which he goes beyond the topical meaning of the word. Rather, he takes it apart, examines every facet of what it means to forgive and to be forgiven, offers examples as to what may have caused the crisis, and provides solutions on how to work through betrayal and accept true forgiveness.



  • Bishop T.D. Jakes, senior pastor of The Potter’s House
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