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The Other Side of Suffering: The Father of JonBenet Ramsey Tells the Story of His Journey from Grief to Grace Hardcover – March 14, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords; 1 edition (March 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892963859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892963850
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Part memoir, part murder mystery and part diatribe, this book targets socially conservative Christians, but much of its content will undoubtedly engender sympathy in a broader audience. . . .As we read their account of the hellishness of their lives since their daughter's murder, we realize that nothing about this situation has ever been fair and simply mourn that they had occasion to write this book at all."—Publishers Weekly on The Death of Innocence

About the Author

John Bennet Ramsey was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1943. He attended Michigan State University and graduated with a Masters Degree. In 2009, he completed discipleship training at YWAM's University of the Nations. The suffering in his life has given Ramsey a unique platform to speak to other suffering people, offering them encouragement and hope. He now considers this his calling and a way to serve God. Ramsey is the proud father of his surviving children Melinda, John Andrew, and Burke.

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God Bless You John Ramsey, for sharing your story.
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This book will make you mad - it will make you cry - it will make you reconsider.
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I could not put the book down until I finished it.
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93 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Tom Dye on March 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
On Christmas night 1996, six-year-old JonBenét Ramsey was violently murdered in the basement of her Boulder, Colorado, home while the rest of her family slept upstairs in their beds. Her father, John Ramsey, was placed under an umbrella of suspicion as being her killer. Her mother, Patsy Ramsey, who was battling ovarian cancer at the time, was publicly placed under that same umbrella. The Other Side of Suffering is John Ramsey's story of the tremendous suffering and heartache he has endured in his life. But this is not just the story of a singular horrific event, and it is not the story you've heard over and over from the news media. It is, in a story never before told, John Ramsey's personal journey of suffering, courage, and faith.

Extremely well written and filled with emotion, this book contains many sad and incredible stories told to illustrate John Ramsey's journey through suffering and faith. Although I initially approached reading this book with skepticism, I soon found myself reading through tear-filled blurry eyes. By the time I had finished reading, I had openly wept several times throughout the book.

This book was written as an encouragement to those who might otherwise abandon their faith in God in times of crisis and tragedy. The author elucidates the fact that life is not always fair, life is not always easy, but God is always good.

"People ask me how long it takes to get over the loss of a child. My response is, you never get over it." ~John Ramsey
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Cheri T. Seeton on August 3, 2012
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I read this book at the beginning of the summer 2012. I found the book uplifting, offering hope to those who are suffering (all of us at one time or another) -- encouraging us to persevere and assuring us all that there is light at the end of the tunnel. John has undeniably been through hell and now wants to help others get through their own personal trials. I love books like this. He garnered as much sympathy as possible from the reader for himself and his deceased wife.

However, the past two days, August 1 and 2, I have read Foreign Faction: Who Really Killed JonBenet? by A. James Kolar. He was one of the lead investigators in the JB Ramsey murder investigation. (Kolar was brought into the case later on and is the guy who pointed out the pink elephant in the room that every one else wanted to ignore.) He wrote the book because he couldn't sleep at night knowing what he knows, so he decided to put the truth to paper. He felt the public (especially the people of Boulder) had a right to know.

Kolar points the finger at who killed little JB (someone the public and investigators spent very little time exploring) -- supported by cold, hard evidence -- and why it was covered up and by whom. No one will ever be prosecuted for this murder, but I believe the case can now be laid to rest.

You won't have as much sympathy and respect for John Ramsey (if any at all) after reading Foreign Faction. I'm sure John never dreamt a book would come out on the heels of his own book that would blow the lid right off this case -- his case -- that is almost 16 years old. You won't be able to put the book down.

Postscript: I have had some more time to think about this. What I feel now is anger. John Ramsey is a narcissist -- not a Christian.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Victor A. Grauer on March 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A kidnapper who waits until he's in the house of his victim before he sits down to write his ransom note.

A kidnapper who doesn't bother to actually kidnap his victim.

A kidnapper who leaves a ransom note in spite of the fact that he never actually kidnapped anyone.

A kidnapper who for some unfathomable reason hides his victim in the most remote place in the house.

A kidnapper who redresses his victim in panties several sizes too large, and then gently wraps her in a blanket.

A kidnapper wearing gloves. If so, then how could he have left his "touch DNA" on his victim's clothing?

A kidnapper not wearing gloves. If so, then why didn't he leave his fingerprints and DNA all over the murder scene?

A kidnapper who entered through the basement window, yet left not a single smudge in the thick encrustation of dirt and dust on the window sill.

A kidnapper who entered through the basement window, yet left two spider webs intact, one on the grate leading to the window well, the other in a corner of the window sill.

This is the "intruder" John Ramsey and his defenders expect us to believe in. No wonder "faith" has become such an important part of his life.

What the police clearly discovered that morning were the traces of a staged kidnapping gone wrong. A staging that could ONLY have been concocted by someone living inside that house the night JonBenet was brutally murdered.

For more information on all the many reasons to doubt John Ramsey's monumentally self-serving story, see: [...]
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By M Naylor on August 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Sorry, but there should be aa statute of limitations on public relations campaigns and obfuscation.

I work in the legal field and have read the transcripts of the Ramsey case. This case has not had closure, and the American public deserves the truth. Today's tv media promoting Ramsey's book really has been unsavory, and I recommend anyone truly interested in the facts of this case, reads the new release written by James Kolar: "Foreign faction: Who really kidnapped JonBenet Ramsey".

After reading the evidence, and knowing that MANY records mysteriously disappeared very early in this case, there can be only a one conclusion. This latest ghost-written book by Ramsey's defense team is nothing but image control. If the reader is interested in facts of this disturbing case, please read James Kolar's new book. He tells the truth, and has no reason fabricate an image, or to lie to the public.
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