Thursday, December 31, 2015

Forgiven: A Book Review

About The Book:

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.

You can read an excerpt of Forgiven here, in PDF format

About The Author:

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

My Review:

The death of a child is something I pray and hope I will never have to endure. I have known too many people who have lost children and I have walked with them on their journey through the grief. All of these families have lost children due to illness, stillbirth or suicide. When any child dies, it is horrible but when a child is murdered I would venture to guess the level of grief would be different. But what if the murderer was your child? How does a parent deal with that type of grief in response to their 

In the last 15 years school shootings and mass shootings have been all over media and each year we are shocked by another situation. One of the mass shootings I remember clearly as the events unfolded was the Amish School shooting on October 2, 2006. I watched a community come together, as most do after these events, and publicly declare forgiveness for the shooter. 

A couple of years ago I read Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy, which proved the power of forgiveness after the shooting. It was the point of view of victim's families. 

This time, I read Forgiven: The Amish School Shooting, A Mother's Love, and a Story of Remarkable Grace. Wow, this book was one of the most heart-wrenching books I have ever read. Not just this year, but ever. It was incredibly power to read Terri Roberts' account of the shooting and the journey to forgiveness of both her son's actions and of herself. The guilt she felt is likely such that all of us would. But it was the fact that she chose to forgive and move to that place of healing that can only come from forgiveness. We must forgive to be forgiven is the prime theme of this book, and I am so glad to have been able to see a small glimpse into the journey that Terri and her husband have walked since October 2, 2006. I love that because of her hope in Jesus Christ, she was able to embrace forgiveness and heal. It is a real, heart-wrenching and raw account and I feel everyone should read this book.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Forgiven at your favorite Christian book retailer from Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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