Sunday, October 25, 2015
Forgiven The Amish School Shooting, a Mother’s Love, and a Story of Remarkable Grace by: Terri Roberts Review
After a son does the unthinkable, how can a mother go on?
On October 2, 2006, a gunman entered an Amish one-room schoolhouse, shooting ten girls, killing five, then finally taking his own life. This is his mother's story. Not only did she lose her precious son through suicide, but she also lost her understanding of him as an honorable man. It was a trauma that none should ever have to face.
But the biggest headlines came when her Amish neighbors did the unimaginable, reaching out to the family of the shooter with comfort and forgiveness. Today Terri lives in harmony with the Amish and has built lasting relationships beyond what anyone could have thought possible. From the grace that the Amish showed Terri's family from day one, to the visits and ongoing care Terri has given to the victims and their families, no one could have foreseen the love and friendship that have been forged from the fires of tragedy.
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I received a complimentary copy.
Cassandra's Review- A story that brought a mix of thoughts, with emotions that blended into my heart. I would not think to so easily forgive if it was my child that was gunned down like prey. The book is well written and I feel deeply for the mother although some would question that she did not see the signs or have her son helped before people had to die. Raising a murderer must not have been easy and so I commend the Amish community for their constant willingness to heal and help!
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. Learn more at JoyThroughAdversity.com.