Saturday, April 9, 2016

Book Review: Forgiving My Daughter's Killer: A True Story of Loss, Faith, and Unexpected Grace

This is a very different book from the ones I normally read. It describes maybe a parent's worst nightmare, finding out that someone they knew and trusted and invited into their home killed their daughter. In this case, the boyfriend, who grew up as part of the family, ended up shooting their daughter.
What turns out to be their worst nightmare, also turns out to make the parents stronger. Rather than despair about the loss and hate the young man, they turn that event into a growing experience and forgive the murderer. 

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I found this book easy to read and the pictures added from the family album end up making the experience more personal, especially since the daughter Ann is always shown smiling into the camera. While this seemingly permanent smile makes the loss even more gut wrenching,  the smile also underscores that this daughter who seemed to always be happy most certainly did not want her parents to be mourning her death by being depressed and angry. So it is to me also a fitting memory to the daughter that the parents were able to forgive the boyfriend and in the process end up being able to live a normal life that is not all consumed by this tragic event.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed are solely my own and have not been influenced by any third party.

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