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"I believe God is not finished with either of us. Tomorrow is a good day." ---Anthony to Laurie

When her father was murdered, Laurie Coombs sought justice---and found it. His murderer now serves two life sentences with no possibility of parole. Yet, despite the swift punishment of the killer, Laurie found herself increasingly full of pain, bitterness, and anger she couldn't control. After coming to faith, she realized she was being called to seek something infinitely more difficult than justice: forgiveness.

This is an extraordinary true story of grace, mercy, and the redemptive power of God to change lives. The reader is swept along with Laurie as she undergoes the life-changing transformation; of becoming a Christian and begins to discover God redeeming losses and healing deep wounds time and time again in Scripture. When she starts to understand that her own healing would require her to love her enemy in a real, practical way, it seemed impossible.

Using her incredible correspondence with the man who killed her father, Laurie reveals a compelling journey of transformation, not only in her life, but in the lives of those whom many would call irredeemable.

Letters from My Father's Murderer is for any audience---Christian or secular---who:

  • Craves freedom from the inability to forgive those who've caused them harm
  • Wants to hear testimony of God's power in our obedience
  • Has experienced pain through other's sin against them
  • Needs to know healing is always possible
The real story here is not primarily about murder and its fallout, but rather about redemption and how far it can reach.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 082544229X
ISBN-13: 9780825442292

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Laurie Coombs is an adoring wife and mother who remains committed to her family's needs before any others. She is a passionate writer and speaker on the issues of forgiveness, redemption, and the hope found in Jesus. Her story was featured in Billy Graham's film Heaven, and she is a featured writer and blogger for iBelieve and Crosswalk. Laurie and her husband, Travis, make their home in Nevada along with their two daughters, Ella and Avery. Together, the Coombs family is adopting from Ethiopia. www.LaurieCoombs.org

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  1. Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Inspiring Book!
    February 28, 2016
    loriweller
    Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Letters from My Father's Murderer was an inspiring book. It is a journey of forgiveness for a daughter whose father was murdered. The correspondence back and forth from the jail are a demonstration of her walk of faith. It shows how God can work in our lives. It is a must read for any age.

    I received the book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
  2. Phoenix, AZ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    All Things Are Possible with God!
    February 17, 2016
    Jeanie
    Phoenix, AZ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Laurie Coombs endured more as a young woman than many do. When she was 15, her parents divorced and, less than a year before her college graduation, her father was murdered. By someone he knew, Anthony, who even admitted to killing him. She would finish college and marry before the trial came to be, and Anthony was given two life sentences.

    The week before his murder, Lauries father shared with her of his new found faith in Jesus. She had turned away from the Lord after her father left, not returning even when their relationship was restored. She knew he seemed happy, different with his new-found faith. It would be several years and two babies, one a miracle, and a horrifying time of darkness and severe anxiety before she began to believe in Jesus as her Lord and Savior. What a challenging, magnificent journey He has led her through! He called Laurie to do what many might have refused to ever do forgive her fathers murderer. Not just forgive him, but to love her enemies. The Lord put on her heart to take him a Bible. Thus began an intensive season of communicating primarily by letter.

    Laurie faced obstacles, not the least of which was the reaction of her husband and mother and her fathers girlfriend Anthonys ex-wife what she needed to do. Travis and Laurie had been together since three years before the murder. He and her father had a good relationship. She endured health challenges and the aftereffects and waiting for approval of visiting rights. Simply writing to him had to have been hard; it would have been easier to get through the impossible red tape to send him a Bible than to write and receive letters.

    Many things she wrote resonated with me, either as a reminder or as the sweet water bubbling up through the Holy Spirit and giving me fuel for another day, especially:

    All through the Bible bad things happen people sin or something goes wrong but over and over two words make it okay but God (pg. 55). no matter how bad things seem to be, God is the constant. (pg. 55) Laurie references Joseph in the Old Testament, and Romans 5:8, But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

    What amazes me is not just their correspondence, but how God would use their testimonies. There are many things that I admire in Laurie. The passion she had as a new Christian and her walk of obedience through the irritable, tedious, tumultuous challenge to forgive what for many seasoned Christians would be unforgiveable. How many of us would slog through life, miserable, just trying to endure until Jesus came back rather than seeking to forgive as she had?

    I also admire that she gives God the glory for His work in the unique ministry He called Laurie to; even the fact of the changes in Anthony and, as a result, other men that he knew in prison had their lives changed, too. The ministry included sharing the reconciliation, redemption, mercy, forgiveness and peace through Christ. I highly recommend this book to Christians in any age or stage of their faith, or whatever their challenge of forgiving, and those who have volunteered in prison ministry groups; it is an open encouragement that obeying God, even when it is hard, is a blessing when we are willing to try it and see.

    With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book through the For Readers Only group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own; no monetary compensation was received for this review.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    an incredible journey towards forgiveness
    November 14, 2015
    Carrie
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I highly recommend this book. Laurie Coombs effectively writes about her journey towards forgiveness. I appreciate her openness and honesty at every stage of this journey.

    Her father was murdered by his girlfriend's estranged husband. She and her family seek justice and get it when the murderer is sentenced to prison. She describes the months that follow and her failing health, including a difficult pregnancy and depression. All of the emotions and stress from this difficult time are completely understandable. What is not understandable, humanly speaking, is how God enters her life and changes her whole perspective! A simple challenge to visit this man and give him a Bible starts an incredible and surprising journey. I can't even imagine what it must have felt like to receive even the first letter, let alone the dozens that followed. Indeed, God can work miracles and He can and will help you fulfill his will, even if it means forgiving your father's murderer.

    This was a good read. I was convicted, encouraged, and inspired as I read this book. As I said at the beginning, I highly recommend this book. Its message will stay with you.

    I received a copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for my honest review which I have given.
  4. Illinois
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Letters from My Father's Murderer
    October 15, 2015
    jacquiR
    Illinois
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Letters from My Fathers Murderer, A Journey of Forgiveness is written by Laurie A. Coombs. This book is a poignant, compelling story of one womans journey of faith and forgiveness. Through her perspectives and personal experience we see the truth about grace and forgiveness. Her words check the reader about his own judgments and ideas about sin and sinners. She reiterates a truth that has been expressed before that a person needs to forgive for his own peace of mind and relationship with the Lord, whether or not it changes the offender.

    Her obedience to Gods direction to reach out to her fathers murderer and correspond with him, and through that, forgive him has untold influence and has changed lives and will continue to change lives as people read this work and people share her experience with others. Her blog testimony shared with others by her and by Anthony has helped others to find forgiveness and healing. This is a wonderful story that embraces the truth of God concerning grace and forgiveness.

    Her words express wisdom: I know that God will bring good out of it, just as He does all things! Through pain are we molded. Through suffering we are more malleable in Gods hands. Also: Waiting seems like such a waste of time. But really, its not. When God makes us wait, He is moving. He is drawing us closer to Himself, showing us that we need Him, molding and shaping our hearts, preparing us in every way for the journey ahead. Many more beautifully wise passages are in her writings. I would highly recommend this book to everyone. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Forgiveness; transformation and redemption
    September 24, 2015
    Vaderalman
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I first heard Lauries story in June 2013 when she wrote a guest post on Leanne Pennys blog. I was touched by her willingness to forgive such a grievous crime. I looked forward to her book. As Laurie allows us a seat on her journey it is a raw and heart wrenching trip. I admire that Laurie has chosen to be vulnerable and lets us see the good and the bad. I also find it incredible the number of times she was at a crossroads and could have walked away from the journey with her head held high. She chose to see it through. Laurie put her choices above her feelings with those choices being guided by what she thought God would have her do.

    Her journey is a struggle but a needed one. Not only did it lead to her healing but also the healing of her fathers murderer and many others touched by their story. Hers is a story of redemption; of transformation showing how God can redeem the worst of circumstances.
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