Monday, November 16, 2015

Review of "Forgiven" by Terri Roberts with Jeanette Windle

Terri Roberts is the mother of Charlie Roberts, who was Nickel Mines Amish school shooter in October 2006. He shot 10 girls; five of them died before he then killed himself. It is a tragedy that affects many still today, and it created more questions than answers.

This book tells the firsthand account from a mother's perspective; both during the events as well as the fallout that came after; and it is definitely difficult to read at times. However, the overwhelming thread of forgiveness that is described in this book will move you to tears for such different reasons. The amount of grace shown in these relationships can only be described as supernatural. Certainly anyone would be hard pressed to understand how this could happen and would want to know WHY, but I especially loved the theme throughout that forgiveness was the choice they made. No matter what. And the Amish people directly involved, specifically affected, whose own children died that day - they still chose to forgive, and did so in very tangible ways.

This is a beautiful telling of how it is possible for good to come from evil, and that even when terrible things happen - with God truly anything is possible.

I was given a copy of this book by Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

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