Doesnt this title just grab your attention? It grabbed mine. But, what convinced me to apply to review this book was the subtitle A Journey of Forgiveness. And that is what this book is about. Forgiveness.
To say that I enjoyed this story is not exactly true. I would feel horrible saying that I enjoyed reading about something that was so painful and heart-rending as the murder of a family member. But, I did enjoy reading the culmination of letters and events that God orchestrated to bring both parties in this book to forgiveness and reconciliation.
The author did a great job of laying her heart bare on the page and explaining to the reader what life was really like for the adult daughter of a slain man. She also did an absolutely amazing job of showing the reader what it really means to lay it all down for God to take hold of.
This is a very interesting story and a very moving story. I felt that the author clearly showed the transformation of her heart, as well as the transformation of the heart of the man who killed her father.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through Litfuse Publicity, in exchange for an honest review.
"Letters from My Father's Murderer," by Laurie Coombs, tells the true, tragic story of the violent death of the author's father. But that's not really what the book is about. Instead, this painful trial is merely the vehicle Coombs uses to tell the real story. "Letters" beautifully describes how God works through terrible circumstances to bring about His greater purposes. This story of redemption and forgiveness is a real-life demonstration of God's grace flowing even in the darkest places. If you are struggling to forgive or wrestling with pain and loss, Coombs book could give you the encouragement you need to accept what God wants to give.
This is the incredible true story of God`s amazing power to help His child to forgive-even the man whom murdered her father. The journey is amazing and only through listening to and being willing to follow through on His guiding was this journey made possible.
Even more amazing is the fact that the author was agnostic though she had attended the Catholic church while growing up. The view of God she had was certainly not a healthy one.
The god I had grown up with was a distant force whom imposed rules on a people he couldn`t possibly know or have time to care about. pg. 42
Thankfully she found a good Bible teaching church and was saved. Sometime later, when the feelings of anger, which had turned to bitterness were overwhelming, she prayed to God for healing.
Soon after, I heard God`s gentle whisper-It`s time to forgive. pg. 53
While reading Matthew 5:43, 44 where Jesus tells us to love our enemies and then again in Luke 23:34 where Jesus is on the cross and he asks Jesus to forgive them because they do not know what they are doing she is hit with, Love your enemies. But how?
Do not ask God a question if you do not want an answer.
Immediately, His response came, Bring him a Bible.pg 54
God obviously had a plan, all she had to do was follow His leading. Where would this lead? What would she face along this journey? Not knowing, she stepped out in the knowledge that God was right there with her, and all would be well.
First step, write a letter to see if Anthony would be willing to meet with her. He agrees, but God has other plans-and the letter writing begins.
One poignant quote from one of Anthony`s letters,
I`ve got to tell you, I wonder had I not come to prison would I have stayed a fan of Jesus or become a follower.pg. 180
Pick up the book today and read it for yourself. Read about our amazing God in action, and how this one act of following God`s leading has changed many lives, and how God has brought not only forgiveness but reconciliation to many.
This is an excellent book that I highly recommend.
Thank you to book fun.org and Kregel publications for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Letters from My Fathers Murderer is a powerful story! Laurie Coombs writes with openness and honesty as she shares her journey of healing and forgiveness after her fathers murder. I was captivated by Lauries emotional story and touched by her candidness. Poignant and thought-provoking, Lauries story lingered in my mind long after the last page had been turned. Letters from My Fathers Murderer truly is an extraordinary true story of grace, mercy, and the redemptive power of God to change lives.
I received a complimentary copy of Letters from My Fathers Murderer through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an unbiased review. I appreciate the opportunity to read this book and share my thoughts.
As I read the book, I was reminded of the recent tragedy in South Carolina and how the decision of one person can change so many lives in the blink of an eye. I am awed by how Laurie is so transparent in her journey to forgive the man who took her fathers life. Her book I am sure doesnt share all that happened, but there is enough to give readers a glimpse into the aftermath of a life taken, and another forever behind bars.
Laurie shares how God led her to begin communicating with her fathers killer and how she thought if her questions were answered, she would have peace. What Laurie learned and shares is what truly brought her peace. I admire her husband who gave her time to work through the grief, pain and more throughout the years after her fathers death.
When I read, it was easy to see how only God could make a way to bring two totally different viewpoints, Lauries and Tony's, the man who committed the crime, to a place of peace. Readers will see how God is so much bigger than tragedy, pain, anger and more to radically make something good come out of an evil act. Perhaps, like me, as you read you might remember other tragedies where people were killed due to the evil acts of others. I know I thought of those in the South Carolina church who were recently killed by a young man and yet in court each family spokesman got up and forgave that young man. Not only that, some said they were praying for him. What a testimony to the awesomeness of God for them to be able to do that in the depth if grief!
Situations like Laurie Coombs' father or South Caroline bring all of us to a place of seeing the victims as part of what Hebrews 11 calls the cloud of witnesses. These people reflect to a hurting, broken and sin-filled world that God is indeed on the throne. If we open our hearts, He alone can reach into the depths of our pain, bringing healing, peace and hope.
One last thought about Lauries book is it shows there is no magic wand; it takes time and hard work to go before the Lord again and again with an open and willing heart to be healed. Not just healed, but to know what the Lords desire is for those who walk through the fire and come out a different person.