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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Deana5 Stars Out Of 5God's GraceAugust 16, 2015DeanaQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I received a copy of this book from book fun.org for an honest review
The day Laurie learned that her father had been murdered, she felt a black cloud of darkness surround her heart. The killer had been caught but that didn't ease her pain and bitterness. She struggled with wondering if her dad was in heaven and for the first time Laurie wanted to believe that there was a God. As she said aloud, "Everything happens for a reason'" she angerly thought what reason could there be for the murder of her father.
As she delt with the trail and hearing that Anthony Echols, her father's killer get two consecutive life sentences , Laurie thought she could finally move forward. But that was not to be the case. God had a plan that would not only transform her life , but several others including Anthony Echols. Laurie began to see little signs that God was there with her and she began to see God's love for the first time. Although she had given her life to Christ, she still had anger issues. She began seeking God's wisdom and was shown a scripture that said" Love your enemies."
Thus begins her journey of overcoming anger and walking in forgiveness. Her first step was to see Anthony in prison. When she received the letter thst he was willing to meet with her, Laurie knew this was the path she was to take. Although her application to visit Anthony was denied, they continued to correspond with each other through letters. With their willingness to be open and honest with each other, God's word was shared and barriers began to dissolve.
This is one of the most powerful books I have ever read about forgiveness . Laurie and Anthony each had a path that God chose for them to walk through. Their transformation will touch many lives and show you what true forgiveness means. We all want to be able to forgive, but it is a choice we have to make and this book clearly shows the heart wrenching journey each person went through to find the grace, mercy and love of God. I could not get through some parts of the book without crying and other times I felt like God was speaking to me directly .
"He doesn't leave us in our pain. He sees it. He joins us in it. And He heals it."
Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5PowerfulAugust 4, 2015Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Letters from My Father's Murderer: A Journey of Forgiveness is a powerful read. I admired the courage of the author to contact the man who killed her father. What an amazing inspiration to learn the power of forgiveness.
muffinHonea Path, SCAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Letters from my Father's MurdererAugust 1, 2015muffinHonea Path, SCAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What an inspiring book! Laurie Coombs father was murdered. At first, Laurie was bitter and angry. Her family sought justice, and they found it. However, after the trial, Laurie felt compelled by the Holy Spirit to forgive the murderer and to visit him! This book shows us the true meaning of forgiveness. It really is amazing how Laurie could forgive her father's murderer and also keep in touch with him! She truly shows Jesus to him. This book was such an inspiration and encouragement to me. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. I received this book from bookfun for my honest opinion.
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5True ForgivenessJuly 16, 2015MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As I read this book, I kept asking myself how I would react, and I would sin. The book opens and we glimpse a family that was broken and trying to put parts back together. The main focus of the book is about a man, called Anthony, and his jealousy that ends in murder, and steals this man from his family.
We walk with Laurie and her journey to forgiveness, but a strong emphasis is on her walk of faith. I could see God working in her life and struggles, and watched her grow in her Spiritual life as this journey of the letters progressed. As we read the letters we see how Anthony tries to rationalize his actions, and how Laurie deals with this.
A very sad story, and yet Gods hand is here, and through the letters we travel to the experience of true forgiveness.
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Letters from my Father's Murderer ~ Laurie A. CoombsJuly 15, 2015debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Laurie tells the truth and pain about forgiveness. Her story of how her father is murdered and the suffering she experiences to have forgiveness for the person responsible for his death.
This is not the fluffy, happy story of Laurie corresponding with her father's murderer (serving life in prison); it is a very true and heartbreaking book of how she heals and how to forgive. She starts to communicate through letters and becoming a friend to the one responsible for such a devastating tragedy in her life. By her faith and commitment to follow GOD, she learns forgiveness is a journey she must take on her own walking with GOD.
I would recommend this to those that want to have a meaningful read. If you have a problem with forgiveness, this is the book for you. It is a must read that will leave you feeling compassion and wondering if you have forgiven those in your own life as GOD tells you to.
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