Letter’s From My Father’s Murderer by Laurie Coombs book review.
Letters From My Father’s Murderer
by Laurie Coombs
If you asked anyone who knew Laurie A. Coombs, they would tell you what an incredibly strong person she was — the kind of person who can make it through anything. As Coombs details in her new memoir, Letters from My Father’s Murderer: A Journey of Forgiveness(Kregel/June 27, 2015), that outward veneer of strength masked a crumbling interior.
When her father was murdered, Laurie 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, and 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.
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Meet the Author
In 2010, Laurie Coombs was called to forgive the man who murdered her father. What happened as a result of that journey is now the subject of her new book, Letters from My Father’s Murderer (Kregel, 2015). Her story has also been featured in Billy Graham’s new film, Heaven, a part of the “My Hope with Billy Graham” national broadcast.Coombs writes on her blog and is a regular writer for iBelieve.com and Crosswalk.com. She is a contributor to the NIV Bible for Women: Fresh Insights for Thriving in Today’s World (Zondervan, 2015), has been published in FullFill magazine and has appeared on the radio program Living Joyfully Free.With a background in teaching, Coombs is a passionate speaker on the issues of forgiveness, redemption and the blessings associated with following Jesus. She and her husband, Travis, make their home in Nevada along with their two daughters, Ella and Avery. Together, they are in the process of adopting from Ethiopia.
My review: Laurie takes her reader’s on an amazing journey of forgiveness…she shares how her father’s murderer played a role in her coming to a saving relationship with Christ which ultimately enabled her to forgive the man who murdered her father.
Laurie crafts a grace-filled story of restoration…how God takes ashes and turns them it into beauty. I couldn’t put this book down…I never got to a point where I wanted to stop–a real page turner. Great writing and great inspiration for anyone struggling with forgiving someone.
God loves both the offender and the victim…He desires to have a relationship with all. Laurie’s ability to forgive the man who murdered her father should give all hope that anyone can choose to forgive others–no matter the offence.
This is truly an inspiring book…especially for those who are wrestling with forgiving someone. I highly recommend this book…terrific read! Five stars, plus!
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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