Forgiven: The Amish School Shooting, a Mother's Love, and a Story of Remarkable Grace  -     By: Terri Roberts, Jeanette Windle
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Forgiven: The Amish School Shooting, a Mother's Love, and a Story of Remarkable Grace

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Terri Roberts was happily married, had a fulfilling career, and was the mother to four grown sons when on October 2, 2006, her firstborn opened fire on an Amish schoolhouse. In Forgiven, the mother of the Nickel Mines school shooter shares her astonishing experience of grace at the hands of the Amish community.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764217321
ISBN-13: 9780764217326

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Mother of Amish Schoolhouse Shooter Gives Message of Hope and Healing

Who would have believed all the beauty God would create over the nine years since that awful day. 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. Her community and the world experienced trauma that no family or community should ever have to face.

But this is, surprisingly, a story of hope and joy--of God revealing his grace in unexpected places. Today Terri lives in harmony with the Amish and has built lasting relationships that go 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 community that have been forged from the fires of tragedy.

Let Terri's story inspire and encourage you as you discover the wonder of forgiveness
and the power of God to bring beauty from ashes.

Author Bio

Terri Roberts travels the United States and the world speaking about the Nickel Mines Amish school shooting, forgiveness, and hope. She has been interviewed by CBS News, the Associated Press, and Reuters. Terri is a mother of four sons and a grandmother of eleven, including two step-grandchildren. She and her husband, Chuck, live just south of Strasburg, Pennsylvania. Learn more at

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  1. Lightstreet, PA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Glad I read it
    April 18, 2016
    Beth Snyder
    Lightstreet, PA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Terri Roberts gives accounts of the childhood, family background and life of her son, who was the shooter in an Amish School, killing several girls and himself.

    "Forgiven" truly is a story of Amish grace. While it was cathartic for the author to get her thoughts and feelings on paper, and eventually published for public consumption, the story is permeated and enveloped by the remarkable grace of the Amish sect living near her. This is a story of her faith journey, but only as needed for the reader to comprehend the nature of forgiveness.

    There are parts of the book that are somewhat self-serving, or self-justifying, but not so much that she detracts or deviates from her theme, which is to tell the world her story as she lives it, and more importantly to explain in "Englisher's" terms the concept of Amish forgiveness.
  2. Upstate SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Forgiven (Roberts/Windle) Unforgettable
    March 1, 2016
    Upstate SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 0
    What can one say when horror and heartache come to reside together at the same time? That I am impressed with the telling? With the writer? With the sharing of this tragedy? Yes, and yes again.

    To find such forgiveness is a purely miraculous gift from God. Our human hearts are not capable of it except as and when given by God ... and accepted!

    One reviewer did see the writing style - I never even thought about it.

    My recommendation is to get this book, read it, but digest it. Go back and re-read what touches YOUR heart most deeply. Mark, put sticky tags at the places that would prod you to further consideration and perhaps even to action. Need to forgive someone who wronged you? Need to try to help someone?

    In short: Hurry to obtain your copy!
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Book Review: Forgiven
    November 29, 2015
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In Forgiven, Terri Roberts tells the story of the Nickel Mines Amish school shooting, an act committed by her son. The tragic aspects of the story were widely covered by media in 2006, but in Forgiven, Roberts unveils the hope that occurred after and in spite of the shooting. She writes from a unique perspective, with experiences that few others can identify with. As such, it is easy to give labels, such as the shooters mother. However, Roberts incorporates the stories of her family of raising her children, of cancer, of personal growth, of the shooting and describes the emotional impact of these stories in such a way that the reader cannot help but learn to know Roberts as someone other than the shooters mother.

    Through her stories, Roberts also shares the importance of moving forward rather than moving on. This is a crucial reminder in a day and culture where we are generally expected to move on and get better after a short time of grief. In reality, the grief, pain, or hurt, never leave completely, and we are left to feel like we have failed. Roberts encourages her readers to recognize grief and to be honest about the emotions it provokes, but to allow the grief and emotions to be transformed into something greater.

    I highly recommend Forgiven to anyone looking for a captivating and thought-provoking read.

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Grace in Grief
    November 21, 2015
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Earlier this year, I read Marie Monville's memoir, "One Light Still Shines." Marie's husband, Charlie, was the shooter at the Amish Schoolhouse in Pennsylvania back in 2006. Marie's book was an unforgettable read, so when I saw a few weeks ago that Charlie's mom, Terri Roberts, also just released a book related to the event, I hoped I would be fortunate enough to get a copy to review. And I was!

    Terri's book is called "Forgiven," and it's quite a bit different in voice and in story, even, from Marie's book. That surprised me, because I figured when two people told the same sort of story, the details would be remarkably similar. While the story is certainly recognizable between the two, the similarities end there. Marie's book was much more about the event itself, her inner processing as a widow and how she moved forward with her life, mothering the children she and Charlie shared, and then even her redemption love story with her now-husband, Dan Monville.

    Terri's book, "Forgiven," is unmistakably the story of a grieving mother who still lives without knowledge of why her son would choose such an unspeakable act. In this book, we learn more of Charlie's background, his upbringing, his joys and sorrows while he lived at home with his parents. And while she touches on "The Happening" {the name the Amish have given to the shooting}, she doesn't spend as much time recounting that particular day and week, but she moves on to how her life has changed because of The Happening.

    She gives a voice to many of the Amish families affected in the shooting and shares about her interactions with them after The Happening. Her relationship with these families has actually grown to a deep level. She sees them often. She visits them. She helps them. She, in many ways, sees them as an extension of her family now. Her writing lets us see right inside the homes of these forever-changed families and lets us see forgiveness and grace in action.

    Terri also brings up a really important point throughout the book, as she shows how storms she weathered earlier in her life {miscarriage, cancer, etc.} began to shape her faith in ways that came back to strengthen her in this storm of all storms. I think it's so important for believers to recognize how each piece of the journey fits into the large puzzle of life, and Terri pulls that practice into the spotlight in that book.

    While she is not a counselor, she shares so many pieces of wisdom that could be helpful and insightful for anyone struggling through the loss of a child, especially one that was unexpected and surrounded by unanswered questions. She speaks as a mom...a grieving mom, a faith-filled mom, a searching mom, a hopeful mom.

    I appreciated her vulnerability, her truth, and her heart within these pages. Though I know this story is never one she would have chosen to bear, she carries the weight of it in ways that point to the Lord and His grace, as shown through the compassion and love of the Amish community.

    * Thanks, Bethany House, for making a way for Terri to share her viewpoint in this piece of history, and for sending a copy my way for review. *
  5. Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Forgiven by Terri Roberts
    November 20, 2015
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Terri Roberts life seemed to be going well. She was happily married, had a good career, and was the mother to 4 grown sons. But in the fall of 2006 her oldest son went to a Amish schoolhouse and shot ten girls, killing five of them, before taking his own life. Forgiven is a book about his mother, and how with her faith and close friends she pulled through all the terrible things that happened. She shares her journey and her amazing experience of grace and forgiveness at the hands of the Amish community.

    I do not normally read very many nonfiction/autobiography type books. Because it can be really hard for me to find a good one that does not leave me feeling worse at the ending than before I started reading it. But I am really glad I tried this book! Even though Terri went through a very hard time with the death of the Amish school girls, and also losing her own son because of the acts he committed. It was amazing to see how the Amish responded with such kindness and forgiveness. The writing in this book was wonderfully done. It was like getting a peek into the life of Terri Roberts, and seeing how she pulled through everything that happened. Even though she did not have a easy life, it was inspiring to see the way Terri's faith helped her through all the storms in her life.

    I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. The opinions are my own
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