Forgiving My Daughter's Killer: A True Story of Loss, Faith, and Unexpected Grace
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Is it really possible to forgive the unthinkable? In 2010, Kate and Andy Grosmaire made national headlines when they did just that---publicly extending mercy to the man who shot their 19-year-old daughter. Recounting the tragedy, the trial, and the events that followed, Kate describes with breathtaking grace how Jesus helped them show love to an enemy. 256 pages, hardcover from Nelson.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0718041518
ISBN-13: 9780718041519

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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.

Author Bio

Kate Grosmaire became an educator about Restorative Justice after her daughter was killed. She and her husband are the cofounders of the Ann Grosmaire "Be The Change" Fund, a charitable fund to promote forgiveness and restorative justice practices. Kate lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

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  1. lorealle
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    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Read!
    June 16, 2016
    lorealle
    pa
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A lot has been said and written about the power, significance, and virtue of forgiveness but how many of us could really embrace it in our everyday life?

    In a beautiful, tragic testament to the power of forgiveness, Kate Grosmaire tells the story of her daughters murder at the hand of her boyfriendand the stunning, deliberate forgiveness and help that Kate and her husband offered to the young man who shattered their world.

    It is a journey of forgiveness. Forgiveness that began instantly as Kate prayed and be with Conor too. Kate realized that not only did they and Ann need God, Conor needed Him too.

    This was an incredibly powerful and emotional read. The Grosmaires are amazing. I do not know if I could have been as strong or as faithful and obedient as they were. Forgiving My Daughters Killer is a very raw and honest read.

    This book was provided to me free of charge by Book Look in return for my honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
  2. Rachel
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Forgiveness....
    June 11, 2016
    Rachel
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What an amazing story of forgiveness and living like Jesus. Showing others a Christ like love, even when they have hurt you, despite the fact that it meant your life being dumped upside down and your heart aching for the loss of a child. I don't know what I would do in their situation. I would like to think they have set quite the example. This book grabbed my attention from the moment I read the title. Having two children of my own, I was intrigued by the title. I remember thinking if something ever happened to one of my boys, I don't know that I could forgive the person who did it. This book held my attention, I didn't want to put it down. I smiled as I read memories they shared about their daughter, I cried as I read how they were with her when she was removed from life support, I felt angry as I thought about the boy who killed her and how hurt he was, long before he ever pulled the trigger. I felt bad that he reached a point in his life where he wanted to end his life. I highly recommend this book. Two quotes that really stood out to me, so much so that I wrote them down are these - "When we fail to forgive others as God commanded, we fail each other." The other one is, "Forgiveness is not a pardon. But it is a refuge: a place where broken people can come for healing, where the guilty can come for relief, where the wronged can come for hope."
  3. Rhonda Nash-hall
    Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful story of forgiveness
    May 21, 2016
    Rhonda Nash-hall
    Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What a touching and incredible story! Indescribable horror when they get the news that their 19-year-old daughter has been shot....by her own boyfriend whom they love. They were practically engaged. They find their daughter unresponsive, her head bandaged so they cannot even see her face or head. Her eye was blown away along with half of her brain. They must make the unthinkable decision to take her off the life support and let her go to the Lord after several days of hoping and praying. Their friends, family, and church are an amazing support system, but the shooter's family has no one. Conor's family is left alone but his father appears at the hospital to see her and express his sadness. Kate and her husband take him in and love him. Kate is asked to visit Conor in jail as he can only put four visitors on his list and he puts her. He apologizes profusely and she forgives him.

    I love the way this family approaches their tragedy with grace and mercy. They even work to reduce the sentence for Conor. They give the ultimate gift: forgiveness. They know that God commands that we must forgive others in order that He may forgive us. They put this into practice in a big way. This is the best non-fiction book I have ever read about a family's tragic experience and their forgiveness of the killer. I could not stop reading as it was so compelling and brutally honest.

    I rate this book 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers.

    I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
  4. comfyreading
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good book but confusing writing
    April 26, 2016
    comfyreading
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Forgiving My Daughters Killer by Kate Grosmaire is the story of the murder of Ann Grosmaire, and her mothers decision to forgive the man who killed her. This story is written by Anns mother, and it explains what it means to lose a child, to find hope with in the dark places of the world, and how to forgive the unforgivable.

    This story was terribly set, yet uplifting. Any parent who reads this will feel the ache that Kate feels, and it can be sometimes hard to read. This book explores the moments just before Kate and her husband find out that their daughter has been shot by her boyfriend, and the terrifying moments when they get to the hospital and see their daughter hanging on to life. The grief and fear that is written in these pages is tangible, and it crushed me.

    The fact that Kate used her faith to learn about forgiveness, and to feel for her daughters killer instead of shun him, is miraculous. It takes a very strong person to be able to lose their child and still have love and forgiveness in their heart for the person who took their child away.

    The only issue that I had with this book, was that Kate, the author, doesnt seem to be able to stay on one train of thought for very long. The book begins with a knock on the door,, but before we find out who is on the other side, the author goes on to describe a story about having a horse, and how Kate loved every animal, including snakes and guinea pigs. Then she describes the garden that her husband and herself are creating. Finally, we get to the point of finding out who is behind the door. I assume this was supposed to show some character background, but honestly it was just very confusing and made it hard to read, in a different way than being emotional. I just couldnt follow the story. She did this several more times through out the book. At one point, it felt that she just needed the book to be longer, so she stuck in random stories that had nothing to do with the concept in order to fill word count.

    Beyond that, this story was very bittersweet, and I learned a lesson about forgiveness that I probably wouldnt have, had I not read this book
  5. HeidiMarie
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Definitely Recommend
    March 29, 2016
    HeidiMarie
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is the story of the Grosmaire family and the tragedy that they went through. Ann Grosmaire, the author's daughter, was shot and killed by her boyfriend, Conor, who had always been very close with the family. Immediately, the family began praying for Conor. The family visited Conor in prison, telling him that they forgave him. The Grosmaire's also worked with Conor and his family to reduce his prison sentence. They wanted him to use the time he would have spent in prison to do volunteering and work that Ann would have done had she survived, as they wanted his sentence and punishment to be meaningful.

    To be honest, I wasn't sure how I was going to like a story about forgiveness. The people who write the books who were able to forgive someone who did something so awful always seem so strange and unrelatable. They seem like super-Christians without flaws who can forgive anything with no effort. However, that was not the case with this book. The author Kate Grosmaire pointed out many times that she often had a hot temper and had trouble forgiving people (usually her husband) for small disputes. However, she was still able to forgive Conor.

    Kate also stated that forgiveness is a process, and not a single act. She wasn't able to forgive Conor immediately, but over time she was able to forgive completely with God's help.

    She also said that forgiving someone isn't the same as pardoning what they did. She said, "Forgiveness is an emotional release for the forgiver." By forgiving Conor, Kate was able to get rid of the burden and hurt on herself, and in turn get a sense of peace. Of course, she was still greatly pained by the death of her daughter. But she didn't have the anger of hatred hanging over her. She showed that forgiveness is possible for everyone.

    I found this book to be really interesting, and I enjoyed the way the story was told. It was organized really well, which can be uncommon in books that aren't written by professional writers.

    I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars, and I would definitely recommend it.

    *I received this book from the publishers through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.
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