Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Litfuse Review: Letters From My Fathers Murderer by:Laurie A. Coombs
About the Book:
""I believe God is not finished with either of us. Tomorrow is a good day." --Anthony to Laurie"
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.
Forgiveness is such a hard topic for us all. It is such a hard feat when coupled with the bitterness that we create in a way to avoid the big F word. Forgiveness shouldn't be hard for any of us when we were created by the one Father that forgives so easily. He granted us grace in our lives so that we to would find a way to reach beyond ourselves to grant it to others. Some people say that is just too hard for me. I can't do that because that is like telling my offender that I agree with what you have done to me.
Letters From My Fathers Murderer, is a true story about a young lady that got the justice she sought, but something was still missing. She had the anger, disappointment, hurt, resentment down pat, that was something that wasn't leaving her. She had to find a way to move on from this horrible act, something but what? Soon her life would take another turn, a turn she didn't expect. She walks us through her journey of forgiveness.
This true story will rip your heart out as you walk it with the author. The fact that she could share something so intimate is marvelous all on it's own.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse.