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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

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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 (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I have followed the Ramsey case for the past 15 years and read everything available. John's latest books is nothing more than an attempt to rehabilitate his image and make some money. The sanctimonious writing is hard to swallow and John doesn't even get his facts straight from his previous book with Patsy. Was there no editor or fact-checker? I feel sorry for anyone who reads this book and takes what John says at face value. Do yourself a favor and don't waste your money on this book.
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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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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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the human spirit can endure an awfully lot. Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey did just that-i would hesitate to say i could do it. the loss of one daughter, the horrendous murder of another.little or no help from the police except to leave the impression that they both worked together to hide, lie, supposedly not co-operating will police made them a media -success story. i still believe as i always have, in their innocence. full blown media, both news stories and tabloids-hiding out with little or no help exvept from closest friends-the grave illness of his wife-his business sent down the tubes-scorned, everything except tarred and feathered. this man is to be COMMENDED for his faith, unending kindness. the child who would now be in her 20s is hard to take and she was not even mine.law enforcement should hide their heads in shame, but never did. Mr Ramsey thank you from the bottom of my heart for your courage and grace in the face nearly insurmountable odds, sincerely, donna hunnicutt
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