Review of “Forgiven” by Terri Roberts

Forgiven: The Amish School Shooting, a Mother's Love, and a Story of Remarkable Grace

School shootings are all too frequently in the headlines, but after the reporters, the analysts and the politicians have moved on, what remains for the families of both the victims and the perpetrator is grief, the unanswerable question “why”, and a road that leads either to bitterness or healing.

Terri Roberts chose healing after her adult son, Charlie, a married man and the father of  three young children, shot ten Amish schoolgirls one October morning in 2006, killing five and wounding the other five, before taking his own life.  The Amish response to the Nickel Mines School shooting stunned the world; from the first day it was one of  forgiveness, compassion and gracious concern for the family of their daughters’ murderer.

Terri’s book “Forgiven” is a mother’s heart-wrenching testimony to the power of that forgiveness, the  healing it brought her, and how she learned to surrender to God in circumstances she could not control and had no power to change.

Terri’s story is gripping and well-written.  In a world where grief, tragedy, and evil cannot be avoided, the message Terri Roberts offers is one every person needs to hear.  To forgive and (perhaps to be forgiven) is the only path to healing when we suffer because of another person’s choices.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Bethany House Publishers.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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