Wednesday, August 26, 2015

LETTERS from MY FATHER'S MURDERER by Laurie Coombs

An extraordinary true story of grace, mercy, and the redemptive power of God.


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. This compelling story of transformation will touch the deepest wounds and show how God can redeem what seems unredeemable.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Laurie Coombs is an adoring wife and mother who remains committed to her family’s needs before any others. She is a passionate writer and speaker on the issues of forgiveness, redemption, and the hope found in Jesus. Her story was featured in Billy Graham’s filmHeaven, and 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, Ella and Avery. Together, the Coombs family is adopting from Ethiopia.

I was blessed with this book by the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 



My Thoughts:
I was extremely impressed with this book. Not just the story itself, but the testimony it is to God's saving grace and forgiveness of sinners. And we are all sinners! I was humbled by Laurie's honesty as well as the honesty of the man who took her father's life. This is an exceptionally moving story about a God pursuing a woman He created and loved. And how she, after surrendering her control, became willing to surrender and seek after Him with her whole heart. Doing so, she found what she was looking for all her life. The journey is not easy, but it is worth the cost.

The older I get, or maybe just the closer I walk with the Lord, the more I realize the importance of GRACE. And this book says it all! Every person alive is capable of doing what the man did that killed Laurie's father. He allowed pride, bitterness, resentment and anger to escalate until he lost control of himself, his life, his purpose and in turn did the unthinkable. It is so easy to point fingers, allow our own pride to rule in our hearts and deem others lower than ourselves, unforgivable even. To forget the God's grace is for everyone. 


Remember that old tune:
"Roll back the curtain of memory now and then
Show me where you brought me from and
Where i could have been
Just remember I'm a human and human's forget
So remind me, remind me dear Lord"


As I read this book, it came to mind; I was reminded of some painful mistakes in my own past. How in spite of being Christians we can still be caught up in sin, self, pride, and do things we regret for years to come.

I can't recommend this book highly enough. I think every person should read it. We live in a day and time when forgiveness is not the norm, everyone is out for himself, and many so-called Christians are not living out the grace that God has given them. We need a wake up call. We need to learn to love, and forgive. We need to reach out to those who are hurting even when we are not able to see their pain, because the enemy has masked it by their behavior. We need to offer Jesus.

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