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Monday, July 13, 2015

Letters from My Father's Murderer: A Journey of Forgiveness

About the author:
Laurie A. Coombs is a passionate writer and speaker on the issues of forgiveness, redemption, and the hope that is found in Jesus. Her story was featured in Billy Graham's new film,Heaven. 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.

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About the book:
Letters from My Father's Murderer: A Journey of Forgiveness(Kregel, June 2015)

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.

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My Thoughts:
Simply said, Letters from My Father's Murderer is a gift.  Laurie Coombs has given her readers a priceless gift.  Laurie has chosen to be transparent with one of the hardest periods of her life in order to give readers a clear picture of the power of the Gospel in the life of one surrendered to God's will.
Laurie writes as if she is sitting across the table from you sharing the details of a wound healed by the Great Physician.  She gives a modern day parable that happens to be a true story and in the process shares an amazing story of redemption.
From the preface by Laurie:
"The path toward redemption isn't easy, and it's certainly not pretty.  It requires us to lay ourselves down before God.  To take His commands seriously.  To not only read the Bible and agree with its precepts in thought, but to do the Word of God.  To do whatever it is God calls us to do, even when it doesn't make much sense at the time.  Even when it means we must sacrifice our will for His.  This, my friend, is where redemption begins.  The moment we lay down our fear, our pride, and our resistance - the moment we say yes to God - we begin to experience life as He intended, the life Jesus died for us to have.  A life marked by grace."
Laurie's life has clearly been marked by God's grace.  We are blessed that she has shared her story with us!  Her story will change you because it will point you to The Redeemer.
*I received a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of giving this review.  All opinions are my own.
Letters from My Father's Murderer Laurie Coombs