Forgiven The Amish School Shooting, A Mother’s Love, And a Story of Remarkable Grace By: Terri Roberts with Jeanette Windle I do love the cover of this book soft colors and very smoothing to the eyes. I am sure everyone heard of the shooting at the Amish School house after all it was all over the news in every state. It happened on Oct. 2, 2006 seems like a life time ago to me but for the parents of the girls shot and hurt or killed and the mother of the shooter I am sure it is very fresh in their minds as if it were yesterday. The young man shot and killing five girls and wounding five girls, then taking his own life. The young man’s mother is writing this books and I am sure this brings back memories that one wishes never happened in the first place but to bring them back has got to be one of the hardest things a parent can go through. I can’t imagine how they all dealt with the heart aches and lose of such young lives and yet these beautiful Amish people had a heart big enough to forgive and help the mother of the shooter. Now that is grace. As you travel through this book on a journey no one wants to travel Mrs. Roberts shows the love and faith these beautiful people have of a Lord that they follow and believe in. I truly can’t imagine the thoughts that took residence in the mind of Mrs. Roberts as she tried to play the scene of these devastating accounts that have no answers and that leaves a family unsettled. The families of the girls killed and injured that forever will remain a mystery to the mother and the parents of the girls, as Mrs. Roberts writes this book trying to find the journey of her life, and trying to find answers that aren’t there to help put this at rest. Only God knows why and only when Mrs. Roberts reaches Heaven will God answer what is a forbidden answer here on Earth? I am sure the healing of all the families will take a very long time. I am also sure that forgiveness is one of the answers to the healing process that the Amish has learned long before any of us have. Healing is a long process but I am sure with God at your side the process goes just a little faster for God gives peace where no one else can. I recommend this book highly. It’s a hard read but a good read. I received this beautiful book free from Bethany house for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review just an honest one. The opinions I have expressed are entirely my own and no one else’s. 5 Stars ISBN 978-0-7648-1732-6

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