“The girl who had been motivated by anger and vengeance, who wanted to go into that prison to inflict further pain and suffering, was now replaced with a woman whose sole desire was to follow God and bring good,” Laurie A. Coombs admits in her book, Letters from My Father’s Murderer: A Journey of Forgiveness.
At two hundred and thirty-two pages, this paperback targets those interested in concentrating on God while dealing with the heartbreak of a parent being murdered. With some profanity, topics regarding adultery, murder, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The English Standard and New King James versions of the Holy Bible are referenced.
Losing a parent is devastating; losing one due to a senseless murder is unfathomable. When the author was in college, she learned her father had been killed and could not grasp why the incident happened.
After Anthony was convicted and sent to life in prison, ten years later the young woman who was married with children could not move on from the past. Having walked away from God at age fifteen, it took irritability, depression, and panic attacks to bring her to her knees to the Almighty.
As her journey of healing began, she felt led of the Holy Spirit to face her demons and contact Anthony to resolve her fears and frustrations. Not wanting to forgive him for the past that altered her future, Coombs began corresponding with a man that was scared to admit his feelings of guilt, remorse, and shame.
While God did not allow visitation between the two initial enemies, He did bring both to understand the tragic pitfalls of an inappropriate relationship that led to one man’s death.
What they did not expect was the transformation of learning true forgiveness, how to love your enemies, purging oneself of bitterness and blame-shifting, and obtaining joy and freedom through reconciliation by knowing God’s grace, mercy, and power.
This tear-jerker collection of letters sent back and forth between two deeply broken individuals solidifies how God uses those He loves for redemption and purpose, having us realize we all are in need of the Savior.
Author Coombs is dedicated to writing and speaking on issues of forgiveness, redemption, and the hope through Jesus Christ. She, her husband, and children live in Nevada.
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