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Book Description on BLB Website:
Forgiveness is possible even in impossible circumstances.
On March 28, 2010, Kate and Andy Grosmaire received two pieces of news that would change their lives forever.
The first was their worst nightmare: “Ann has been shot.”
And the second was the dumbfounding addendum: “Conor was the one who shot her.”
Their nineteen-year-old daughter had been killed by her boyfriend, a young man who had lived with the family and had come to feel like part of it.
In a beautiful, tragic testament to the liberating power of forgiveness, Kate Grosmaire tells the story of her daughter’s murder at the hand of her boyfriend—and the stunning, deliberate forgiveness and help that Kate and her husband offered to the young man who shattered their world.
Part memoir, part spiritual testimony, Forgiving My Daughter’s Killer is the story of a family whose faith was put to the test and so found the capacity to do far more than they could have thought or imagined.
My Thoughts on This Book:
This book was definitely a book I was eager to read. As soon as I read the description above on the BLB website I couldn't wait to receive the book. Once it came, I couldn't put the book down. The story is very captivating because it is true!
The heart breaking events that lead up to the forgiveness are bittersweet. Bitter because Ann passed away due to her shot wound. Sweet because forgiveness, love, grace, and mercy were the ultimate outcome. Forgiveness in this story started a ripple effect. Wave after wave of forgiveness. The forgiveness of both parents. The forgiveness of the parents (both) toward Conor. The forgiveness of Conor toward himself. Once you are forgiven it is easy to forgive others. And quite necessary.
The flow of the book is pretty steady....it follows the tragedy and the decision to forgive Conor. It has memories/stories woven throughout it. The book is an easy read and because it is well written and captivating it should take you a few days if that to finish it.
I love that towards the end of the book it has what forgiveness means in relation to this situation. And I adore that they have a Q & A session on the last few pages of the book with Conor. I think that is a nice touch to not only say that you forgive him but physically allow him to be in the book. Letting him answer questions all the readers may be eager to have him answer.
Overall, I think this book should definitely be one you pick up. Forgiveness is real. It is a day by day (and lets be honest, sometimes moment by moment) process. God forgave you of your sins. He sent His son Jesus to die for you. (The price of sin is death!) He (Jesus) conquered the grave. And Jesus is now defending us. Forgiving us. Loving us. When we should all be on death-row waiting for the death penalty for our continuous rebellion against God (sin). We should be so affected by this that we live a lifestyle of love, mercy, grace, forgiveness. This book shows a real and tangible version of how forgiveness should be given. Mercy and Grace should be show. And ultimate judgment is not up to us, but up to God.
FORGIVEN SO I MAY FORGIVE.
LOVED SO I MAY LOVE.
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