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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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"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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords; 1 edition (March 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892963859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892963850
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Apparently, this book was ghost written (you'll see the real author's name under John's) in an attempt to burnish John Ramsey's image. The book uses religious cliché after religious cliché, and John makes cringe-worthy, sanctimonious claims such as - Patsy's prayer group was responsible for Elizabeth Smart being found! John compares himself to Job and throws a huge pity-party, then tries to impress everyone with his religiosity. If John Ramsey's name were not attached to this book, it wouldn't have sold five copies. There is nothing new in it for Christians or anyone else.

I have followed the Ramsey case ever since Christmas 1996, and the general public has been fooled into thinking there was an intruder who killed JonBenet. Read A. James Kolar's book Foreign Faction - Who Really Kidnapped JonBenet? and JonBenet: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation by Steve Thomas, to find out the true facts of the case instead of Ramsey spin. Keep in mind, we have now learned the Boulder Grand Jury DID indict the Ramseys, but the Boulder DA, Alex Hunter, refused to prosecute.

Please don't waste your money on this book, and please don't be taken in by John's "Christian" transformation. In my opinion (as a Christian), if John were truly transformed, he would go to the police and tell all he knows about what REALLY happened to JonBenet, instead of taking an advance from a publisher to "write" a book that does NOTHING but give him more money and good press.
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37 of 43 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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94 of 115 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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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Cynic on May 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The level of narcissism found in this book is something to be marveled at. For example, John feels that the reason the mythical intruder/murderer of JonBenet hasn't been caught is because God has been preventing it. Here is the passage from the book: "God knew I needed to be emotionally and spiritually prepared to handle the painful details of our child's death, and the inevitable grueling public trial."
The grandiose narcissism and self-deification prevalent throughout the book is then combined with huge inaccuracies such as claiming that he has been exonerated by Boulder authorities when in fact the current Boulder DA, Stan Garnett, has publicly stated that the exoneration by Mary Lacy, (the former Boulder DA,) has no legally binding effect whatsoever.
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