Letters from My Father's Murderer: A Journey of ForgivenessLaurie CoombsKregel Publications / 2015 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 29 Reviews
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MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Forgiving when it's hardSeptember 11, 2015MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This true story of a journey of forgiveness drew me quickly in and tugged at my heart. The author gradually moves from hating the man who killed her dad to forgiving him and wishing him well. God powerfully works in their lives to touch many others with his hope and peace. Actual texts from many of their gut-honest letters is included, along with photos in the back. This tale of redemption shows what God can do with willing hearts. I recommend it as a worthwhile read.
ShaiNorfolk, NEAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A powerful bookSeptember 1, 2015ShaiNorfolk, NEAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Letters From My Fathers Murderer by Laurie Coombs honestly was not a book I initially wanted to read. The title isnt something that screams fun and exciting yet there was something intriguing to me about this book and it drew me in. Laurie Coombs has a wonderful way of writing that is encouraging even while she is exposing of her most introspective thoughts.
This book is about one womans journey to go beyond saying she forgave her enemy, to taking the actions necessary to actually follow through the forgiveness. Its also the story of a man who found the difference between calling himself a believer and becoming a follower of Jesus.
I loved her honesty when she tells of dealing with her fathers murderer and struggling to understand how she and the murderer both claimed to be Christians yet each sat on the opposite side of a prison cell. There were times in reading this book that I honestly just wanted it to be over. I wanted to be able to wrap up the story with a nice bow and call it good. But just as life isnt that simple, neither is Ms. Coombs story through forgiveness.
I believe one of the most powerful statements in the book is when Anthony (the murderer) reminds Laurie that as believers, they may stand next to one another in heaven praising God. The powerfulness of this statement shows that no matter what the sin, once a person comes to God and accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior, they are counted as one of the brothers/sisters in Christ. It also demonstrated the importance of remembering the real purpose for loving Jesus, and that is to bring others to him. Through Anthony and Lauries story, they show how forgiveness removes the numbers and labels on every prisoner and reconciles them to God.
All in all, I found Letters from My Fathers Murderer to be a potent book and would absolutely recommend it. I received this book from the Book Club Network and Kregel Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion which Ive provided here.
RachelGender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing!August 27, 2015RachelGender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wow! Where do I begin? This book is an amazing story of the power of forgiveness only God can give. Reading Laurie's story was somewhat painful at times but a most compelling and beautiful story. Leaving it all to God she chose to forgive a man who by most anyone's standards is unforgiveable. She took a journey, that most people would be unwilling to take. A journey that was as hard as it was fulfilling.
I was completely overcome by this book. Following Laurie through her journey made my heart hurt at times. Seeing the pain and suffering she went through, it made me think about what I would do if I were in the same situation. Could I forgive a man for taking my father from me? This book made me realize that with God all things are possible. It also convicted me about the lack of forgiveness in my own life. I can't imagine what it would be like to go through the things Laurie went through, but I now see that I can forgive others with God's help, even small amounts of un-forgiveness can leave bitterness in our lives. I am so thankful I had the opportunity to read this book. Discovering ways to help me forgive others and trust God is a wonderful thing. This book would be a wonderful witnessing tool. It would also be an amazing gift for anyone who is in need of help with forgiveness and trusting God's will in their lives.
I am so thankful Laurie had the courage to share her story and is willing to let God use her life for him. Read it and pass it on. This book is a must read.
I was blessed with this wonderful book from the publisher through TBCN in exchange for my honest opinion. A positive review was not required.
Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5ImpressiveAugust 27, 2015Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was extremely impressed with this book. Not just the story itself, but the testimony it is to God's saving grace and forgiveness of sinners. And we are all sinners! I was humbled by Laurie's honesty as well as the honesty of the man who took her father's life. This is an exceptionally moving story about a God pursuing a woman He created and loved. And how she, after surrendering her control, became willing to surrender and seek after Him with her whole heart. Doing so, she found what she was looking for all her life. The journey is not easy, but it is worth the cost.
The older I get, or maybe just the closer I walk with the Lord, the more I realize the importance of GRACE. And this book says it all! Every person alive is capable of doing what the man did that killed Laurie's father. He allowed pride, bitterness, resentment and anger to escalate until he lost control of himself, his life, his purpose and in turn did the unthinkable. It is so easy to point fingers, allow our own pride to rule in our hearts and deem others lower than ourselves, unforgivable even. To forget the God's grace is for everyone.
Remember that old tune:
"Roll back the curtain of memory now and then
Show me where you brought me from and
Where i could have been
Just remember I'm a human and human's forget
So remind me, remind me dear Lord"
As I read this book, it came to mind; I was reminded of some painful mistakes in my own past. How in spite of being Christians we can still be caught up in sin, self, pride, and do things we regret for years to come.
I can't recommend this book highly enough. I think every person should read it. We live in a day and time when forgiveness is not the norm, everyone is out for himself, and many so-called Christians are not living out the grace that God has given them. We need a wake up call. We need to learn to love, and forgive. We need to reach out to those who are hurting even when we are not able to see their pain, because the enemy has masked it by their behavior. We need to offer Jesus.
I was blessed with this book by the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
ClaywalkerfanTulsa okAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5very inspiringAugust 23, 2015ClaywalkerfanTulsa okAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Letters from My Father's Murderer
This book was very inspiring. A lot different than I thought would be. After reading the book I plan to check out Laurie web page. Laurie father was murdered, even though the guy went to prison for it, it was something Laurie had to deal with each day. She had to forgive to be able to have peace. This is a true story, very well written. Anyone can learn a lot from this book, can relate to it even if did have anything like this happen. You have to learn to forgive for a lot of things. I did receive this book from the Book Club Network for a honest review. Not a book that I would normally read and very glad I did read it. Recommend this book to everybody.