Picks and Pans Review: Forgive or Forget

updated 10/18/1999 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/18/1999 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Mother Love with Tonya Bolden

Those for whom five hours a week of Mother Love's syndicated TV weepfest, Forgive or Forget, are not enough, can now rest easy. With this intriguing and instructive tome, the straight-talking talk show host, comedian and actress commits her gospel about the healing power of forgiveness to paper.

Love's theory is simple: Inner peace comes only when you seek forgiveness from those you have wronged and grant it to those who have wronged you. And the everchatty former school-bus driver (real name: JoAnne Hart) illustrates her points with entertaining, if sometimes tawdry, anecdotes from her TV show. But in addition to all the tales of boyfriend-stealers, secret-blabbers and double-dealing debtors, the book also offers poignant testimony about learning to put your emotional baggage behind you. And if the advice isn't particularly original—well, duh, apologies should be delivered with sincerity and without excuses—it's probably worth hearing it again. (HarperCollins, $22.95)

Bottom Line: Mother knows best, when it comes to love

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