If I could sum up this book in one word it would be AMAZ-WOW-RIFFIC! Y'all, I could not put this book down once I started it. And when I wasn't reading it, I couldn't wait until I finished my chores so I could get straight back to reading it.
This beautifully written and heart-wrenching memoir will leave no reader untouched. What an amazing testimony Marie has. Marie was the wife of Charlie Roberts, the man who committed a brutal massacre at an Amish schoolhouse. With one phone call, in a matter of minutes, Marie's life changed forever. Charlie was dead and so were at least three little Amish girls, and the others gravely wounded.
Marie revealed her heart through her book and shared her struggles as she began to pick up the pieces and move on after the tragedy. She reflected on God's love surrounding her and the support of her family and friends as each day passed.
This story will absolutely touch your heart and will be one you won't soon forget. This is an amazing read, I highly recommend it!
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With any tragedy it is often difficult to move forward and to understand how to fathom that what God is doing. When one is affected by tragedy and loss, the sorrow can be overwhelming. In the case of Marie Monville, her role is one that seems even more difficult to comprehend. Compounding the loss of her husband, who took his own life, she must wrestle with the pain that he inflicted when he took lives during the Amish schoolhouse shooting in Nickel Mines.
I must admit, I did not know what to expect - but I was hoping to read of how God, in His kindness, used this horrible circumstances for good. I know that we will never understand what was going on in Charlie's mind, (Marie's former husband), that frightful day and of course, we cannot begin to understand the ways of God. However, Marie's story was filled with the hope of Christ, His promises from His word, and the abundant grace that God poured down on her in the time immediately following the shooting to the present.
As the title indicates, Marie's steadfast faith prior to the shooting really buoyed her during the difficult days following. That is not to say that it was easy, she never made it sound as if it was, but as she reassured her own children of God's faithfulness, the Lord "reassured her". She was also able to share how the Amish families' response was able to captivate and encourage the world.
Marie's family spoke of the a day that sunlight pierced the sky through a mist of clouds, much like God's hand in the midst of sorrow. Marie shared her mother's words, "Just as we reached the the highway, the clouds suddenly parted an these incredibly radiant sunbeams pierced right through the clouds with a brilliant light. The landscape around us had been completely hidden, but when the light beams appeared through the lingering mist everything glistened_. I said to your dad, 'I can't wait until God does something grand in this situation, just as he lit up this sky and burned away that bleak fog.'"
It was certainly not all sunshine, especially faced with the fact that young girls lost their lives at the hands of Charlie, but as you read on Marie shares of how "God came with me into my darkness and lit it with brilliance beyond comprehension." I especially appreciated that she drew near to God's word, sharing scripture that encouraged her and reminded her of the truth of Christ and His faithfulness, she calls it a love story - of God's faithfulness.
This is Marie's story. Marie is the wife of the Amish schoolhouse shooter. Her husband's act was a horrible, heinous act that left Marie having to deal with the aftermath. She had to answer both to others and herself - if there had been any warning signs. Should she, somehow, have known and warned authorities. Could she have stopped him? Was there something she should have done so Charlie wasn't so broken and angry? Marie had only ever dated Charlie and married him right out of high school. They had 3 young children. Marie wasn't prepared to be a single mom. In the beginning Marie avoided the media and just focused on protecting her children. She talks about the grace she received - given freely to the Amish that had lost children in the shooting. The Amish chose to love and offer her forgiveness. It was an amazing gift of grace poured into her life at a time when she least expected it - at a time when she felt she was most unworthy.
She explains the title of the book she she talks about "when she was blinded by the darkness of grief, his light still shone." The book is about a love story - a story detailing God's love for her and his love for each one of us.
She talks about moving on after the incident and trying to find a way to rebuild her life. I really enjoyed reading her story. The book is very well written. I was surprised to find that she started dating again so soon after losing her husband. She ends up re-married less than 1 year from his death. When reading her book and getting her perspective I can see she felt ready - from an outside viewpoint it just seems so soon after the incident to move on. Other than being surprised at her moving on so quickly, I found the rest to be a wonderful story. It was a very touching story that, in several places, had me in tears. This book is definitely worth reading. It is a book that speaks to us all.
This book is an attention grabber! I was very blessed by this book; in many ways it challenged me. However, one major drawback I have is that Marie (the main character) married a divorced man, which is obviously against Scripture. Otherwise Marie's story is great.