In Forgiven, Terri Roberts shares her touching account of what God can do with profound tragedy if people turn to Him. As mother of the perpetrator of the Amish school shooting that happened in October 2006, Terri shares with us her loss, the details surrounding the tragedy, and a remarkable story of people seeking forgiveness and healing instead of anger and revenge.
With great courage, Terri opens her heart to us to show how the loss of her son in the wake of this tragedy has gradually transformed her and brought her close to her Amish neighbors who suffered so much in the aftermath of the Nickel Mines Amish school shooting.
As I read about this event of which I surprisingly remember so little, I was moved by Terri’s willingness to explore her own weaknesses in light of what happened and how she humbly turned to God to help her find healing and hope.
I cried when Terri shared how her Amish neighbors in the hours and days following the tragedy reached out to her and her family to offer help. I loved how Terri shared scriptures that gave her hope and encouragement during dark hours and days. I admired her willingness to share her story with others despite her hurt and fear because she knew that God wanted to use her to help others understand the healing power of forgiveness.
Forgiven is a well-written, poignant, and powerful narrative of how God works in the lives of ordinary people to bring hope, healing, and forgiveness in a world that would be so dark and tragic without it. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Forgiven by Terri Roberts for my candid review.