Forgiven – Book Review
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Romans 8:28, which makes God’s faithful followers this promise:
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
I could not help but reflect on this verse as I read Forgiven – The Amish School Shooting, A Mother’s Love, And A Story Of Remarkable Grace. This book tells the remarkable story of Terri Roberts – the mother of the young man who shocked the world by gunning down 10 young Amish schoolgirls in a one-room schoolhouse on October 2, 2006.
In Forgiven, Terri shares her story – the events that led up to that fateful day, the impact “the Happening” had on her family, the media storm that surrounded the event, the grace that her neighbors extended her, and the faith that sustained her through it all.
Like her daughter-in-law’s book, One Light Still Shines, this is not a tawdry tell-all – rather, it is a reminder that the things that Satan means for evil, God uses for good.
What makes the story compelling is learning how, in the midst of one of the most devastating circumstances imaginable to any parent, Terri and her family received the most incredible gift imaginable: the gift of forgiveness from her neighbors – the Amish community that her own flesh and blood had sought to destroy.
A tragedy occurred in an Amish schoolhouse on October 2, 2006 – but instead of anger, bitterness and hatred reigning, God’s love, mercy and healing shone brightly that day.
If you are facing a storm in your life, or if you need to experience the radical love, healing and forgiveness that God offers, I encourage you to read Forgiven!
I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Forgiven – Book Trailer
About Terri Roberts
Terri Roberts travels the United States and the world speaking about the Nickel Mines Amish school shooting, forgiveness, and hope. She has been interviewed by CBS News, the Associated Press, and Reuters. Terri is a mother of four sons and a grandmother of eleven, including two step-grandchildren. She and her husband, Chuck, live just south of Strasburg, Pennsylvania.
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