Captive Set Free

How to Find Freedom Through Forgiving

Christian - Living
294 Pages
Reviewed on 10/19/2022
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Author Biography

Valerie Limmer lives in Okinawa, Japan, where she works as a missionary, sharing the good news of Jesus’ love, hope, and salvation. Her first book, On the Potter’s Wheel, was a memoir focusing on her first two years as a missionary in Japan.

Valerie is neither a therapist nor a theologian, but she has experienced severe abuse from a handful of people. Through Captive Set Free, her second book, she shares many of the principles and techniques she’s learned and applied to her own life on her journeys towards forgiveness.

In her spare time, Valerie enjoys writing, drawing, learning new languages, and making Japanese wax food models. She and her husband, Peter, are originally from the Greater Toronto Area, in Canada.

To learn more about Valerie’s books, read her blog, or find out more about her missionary work, please visit

    Book Review

Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite

Captive Set Free by Valerie Limmer focuses on forgiveness. The book begins by listing different situations where people may be supported by their anger, but they choose to forgive and/or live peacefully with their circumstances. The author continues to illustrate the value of forgiveness through examples from other cultures, scripture, and personal experiences.

Captive Set Free will speak to the heart of the reader, encouraging them to take the path to salvation through love and forgiveness. The call to action is clear, as almost everyone has a situation they need to resolve, and the words in the text motivate readers to take positive steps to relieve themselves from the burdens weighing them down. One of the most poignant passages of scripture is quoted in the middle of the book, and the conversation between the apostle Peter and Jesus about the number of times we should forgive spoke to my heart. Valerie Limmer points out that humans are inclined to sin, and the Lord forgives us, so we should exercise the same compassion for those around us.

Limmer used many examples from her life and included relatable questions that will resonate with her readers. The book is a wonderful complement to daily scriptural studies, as it focuses on love and acceptance as recommended by Jesus. Captive Set Free would be a great book for anyone who is struggling with guilt over their actions or is frustrated about their need to forgive someone they feel may or may not deserve their pardon.