Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Letters from My Father's Murderer - Book Review

Letters from My Father's Murderer Laurie Coombs

Can God heal the deepest wounds and redeem what seems unredeemable? Laurie Coombs experiences God's transforming and redemptive power in her new book, Letters from My Father's Murderer. When her father was murdered, Laurie Coombs and her family sought justice―and found it. Yet, despite the swift punishment of the killer, Laurie found herself increasingly full of pain, bitterness, and anger she couldn’t control. It was the call to love and forgive her father’s murderer that set her, the murderer, and several other inmates on the journey that would truly change their lives forever.

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About the book:

Letters from My Father's Murderer: A Journey of Forgiveness (Kregel, June 2015)

When her father was murdered, Laurie Coombs sought justice and found it.

His murderer now serves two life sentences with no possibility of parole. Yet, despite the swift punishment of the killer, Laurie found herself increasingly full of pain, bitterness, and anger she couldn't control. After coming to faith, she realized she was being called to seek something infinitely more difficult than justice: forgiveness.

This is an extraordinary true story of grace, mercy, and the redemptive power of God to change lives. The reader is swept along with Laurie as she undergoes the life-changing transformation of becoming a Christian. As she studies Scripture, seeing God redeeming losses and healing deep wounds time and time again, she starts to understand that her own healing would require her to love her enemy in a real, practical way.

Using her incredible correspondence with the man who killed her father, Laurie reveals a compelling journey of transformation, not only in her life, but in the lives of those whom many would call irredeemable.

Letters from My Father's Murderer is for any audience Christian or secular who

-Craves freedom from the inability to forgive those who've caused them harm

-Wants to hear testimony of God's power in our obedience

-Has experienced pain through other's sin against them

-Needs to know healing is always possible

The real story here is not primarily about murder and its fallout, but rather about redemption and how far it can reach.

About the author:

Laurie A. Coombs is a passionate writer and speaker on the issues of forgiveness, redemption, and the hope that is found in Jesus. Her story was featured in Billy Graham's new film, Heaven. 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.

My Review:

I can't honestly recall a time in my life where I've had such a traumatic event happen to me that I felt I couldn't forgive.  And I hope that time never comes where I'm tested.

Author Laurie A. Coombs was tested and Letters from My Father's Murderer reveals her feelings and the process of how she learned to forgive.  One such struggle was that her father's murderer claimed to be a Christian before he committed a violent act based upon an adulterous relationship. 

Laurie is no extraordinary human but she has a personal relationship with God and she knows that her feelings of anger and resentment do more harm than good.  So she starts writing letters to the man who murdered her father.  Four years of letters written back and forth bring about an unexpected relationship where she learns to forgive and gets some sense of closure.  Her murderer also transforms his life throughout the process and learns to be honest with himself and others.  The testimony of forgiveness, redemption, and healing shows readers the way that Christ wants us to live.