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Forgiven by Terri Roberts

Forgiveness is a state that we live in as Christians. We are forgiven by God through the work of Jesus Christ. But sometimes the reality of showing that same forgiveness to others can be very difficult. Forgiven by Terri Roberts is a story of how she and her family were granted forgiveness in time where it seemed almost impossible.

On October 2, 2006, a gunman entered an Amish one-room schoolhouse, shooting ten girls, killing five, then finally taking his own life. This is his mother's story. Not only did she lose her precious son through suicide, but she also lost her understanding of him as an honorable man. It was a trauma that none should ever have to face.

But the biggest headlines came when her Amish neighbors did the unimaginable, reaching out to the family of the shooter with comfort and forgiveness. Today Terri lives in harmony with the Amish and has built lasting relationships beyond what anyone could have thought possible. From the grace that the Amish showed Terri's family from day one, to the visits and ongoing care Terri has given to the victims and their families, no one could have foreseen the love and friendship that have been forged from the fires of tragedy.

This was an excellent book. Not only did I find it interesting to learn more about the events surrounding this incident, it was also a blessing to read about what happened after ward and what is still happening in this community to make sure forgiveness continues. I enjoyed how Terri weaved her own life story with the events surrounding the shooting. It was also a huge testament to me. If forgiveness can be found in this situation, it can be found anywhere. I hope and pray that I am able to extend that same forgiveness in all areas of my life and to all the people I meet. We are all broken and we all need grace.


Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.   

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