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Letters from My Father's Murderer: A Journey of Forgiveness Paperback – June 27, 2015
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"If you long to understand and experience true forgiveness, don't miss this book. It will give you renewed hope, fresh faith, and a platform upon which you can build redemption, restoration, and a new kind of normal." (Carol Kent, speaker and author of When I Lay My Isaac Down 2015-06-27)
"I stand amazed! Letters from My Father's Murderer examines the darkness within all of our hearts and exposes how light can shine brightly, even in the darkest places, when we seek to find the truth. The real truth." (Tammy Whitehurst, founder of Joy for the Journey 2015-06-27)
"Read this book carefully; you will probably discover some lies buried in your own heart." (Dan Frank, lead pastor of Grace Church, Reno, Nevada 2015-06-27)
"This book is about the meaning of true forgiveness, swapping bitterness for joy, and above all, God's fathomless grace. What readers will especially appreciate is the interweaving of Coombs's understandable pain, confusion, and fear with showing what God can do when an individual is submitted to Him and willing to walk with Him through what may seem an impossible circumstance. Highly recommended." (CBA Retailers+Resources 2015-06-15)
"Readers will feel Coombs's agonizing pain but can also rejoice with her as she finds freedom from a lifetime of anger and resentment through true forgiveness." (Publishers Weekly 2015-05-11)
About the Author
Laurie Coombs is an adoring wife and mother who remains committed to her family’s needs before any others. She is a passionate writer and speaker on the issues of forgiveness, redemption, and the hope found in Jesus. Her story was featured in Billy Graham’s film Heaven, and she is a featured writer and blogger for iBelieve and Crosswalk. Laurie and her husband, Travis, make their home in Nevada along with their two daughters, Ella and Avery. Together, the Coombs family is adopting from Ethiopia.
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Laurie and Anthony. Two families. Two friends. Two people drawn together by one tragedy. Although some will say two.
When Laurie’s father was murdered because of a sin committed. An eye for an eye. However, that’s Old Testament law. New Testament law says we forgive and then that’s the only way we move on with our lives. How hard can that be? In reality we say to ourselves, as a Christian I should be able to forgive anyone. As a human, will I be able to forgive anyone?
God gave us the greatest gift in forgiveness, by allowing Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. So our roles as Christians is easy. Forgive.
This book goes through Laurie and Anthony’s process of forgiving those that betrayed them. Those that hurt them, by the most unlikely of ways, correspondence with each other.
Through their letters, they find healing and a better relationship with themselves, but even more important a better relationship with God.
I strongly urge you to check out this book and go through this process with them! As the sister of someone who has completed a suicide. While different, the act of forgiveness is the same. From the simple hurt your feel when someone hurts your feelings, to the big things like suicide, murder, affairs. God commands us to forgive. Learn some very valuable resources, just in reading their words to each other and the process they go experience.
“I didn’t want my faith to be just a belief system. I wanted it to be real. I wanted it to impact my life. I wanted it to change the way I lived.” –– Letters from My Father’s Murderer
Her journey is a struggle but a needed one. Not only did it lead to her healing but also the healing of her father’s murderer and many others touched by their story. Hers is a story of redemption; of transformation showing how God can redeem the worst of circumstances.
This book is about one woman’s journey to go beyond saying she forgave her enemy, to taking the actions necessary to actually follow through the forgiveness. It’s also the story of a man who found the difference between calling himself a believer and becoming a follower of Jesus.
I loved her honesty when she tells of dealing with her father’s murderer and struggling to understand how she and the murderer both claimed to be Christians yet each sat on the opposite side of a prison cell. There were times in reading this book that I honestly just wanted it to be over. I wanted to be able to wrap up the story with a nice bow and call it good. But just as life isn’t that simple, neither is Ms. Coombs story through forgiveness.
I believe one of the most powerful statements in the book is when Anthony (the murderer) reminds Laurie that as believers, they may stand next to one another in heaven praising God. The powerfulness of this statement shows that no matter what the sin, once a person comes to God and accepts Jesus’ as Lord and Savior, they are counted as one of the brothers/sisters in Christ. It also demonstrated the importance of remembering the real purpose for loving Jesus, and that is to bring others to him. Through Anthony and Laurie’s story, they show how forgiveness removes the numbers and labels on every prisoner and reconciles them to God.
All in all, I found Letters from My Father’s Murderer to be a potent book and would absolutely recommend it. I received this book from the Book Club Network and Kregel Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion which I’ve provided here.
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The author never failed to hide her bitterness and pain in regard to to her loss. This chronicles the healing that came about.