Tuesday, October 13, 2015

"Forgiven" by Terri Roberts with Jeanette Windle

"Forgiven" by Terri Roberts with Jeanette Windle


After a son does the unthinkable, how can a mother go on?

On October 2, 2006, a gunman entered an Amish one-room schoolhouse, shooting ten girls, killing five, then finally taking his own life. This is his mother's story. Not only did she lose her precious son through suicide, but she also lost her understanding of him as an honorable man. It was a trauma that none should ever have to face.

But the biggest headlines came when her Amish neighbors did the unimaginable, reaching out to the family of the shooter with comfort and forgiveness. Today Terri lives in harmony with the Amish and has built lasting relationships beyond what anyone could have thought possible. From the grace that the Amish showed Terri's family from day one, to the visits and ongoing care Terri has given to the victims and their families, no one could have foreseen the love and friendship that have been forged from the fires of tragedy.


This is a must read book, because it tells the story from the mother of the gunman's prospective.  There are plenty of books written from the victims prospective, so this was very different. It is a fascinating book and is quite personal in the feelings of the gunman's family and how devastated they were and how guilty they felt knowing what he did and if they could have prevented it.

It also amazed me the relationships that were formed between the Amish and the gunman's family, and how loving they were towards one another.  

Stars out of 5:5 This book is well worth the read and offers a great insight into the Amish way of thinking.  

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 

Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

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