Friday, March 16, 2018

Review Catch Up Marathon!: Forgiven by Terri Roberts with Jenette Windle

Bethany House; 238 pages; Amazon

Forgiven is the oldest book that has been sitting in my needs-to-be-reviewed pile. Published by Bethany House in 2015, the book is written by Terri Roberts, the mother of the man who walked into an Amish schoolhouse and shot 10 girls, killing 6 and injuring other, and then took his own life.

When I had originally signed up to review book, I didn't realize it was about the Amish school shooting. I have a habit of  agreeing to review a book by the cover art alone, and for this title, I saw the Amish hats on the cover and automatically signed up to review it without realizing what the book was about. The 2006 Amish school shooting was a tragedy and it was a topic that I didn't want to read about, so I have avoided reading the book until this year.

Final Thoughts

I don't have any children, so I don't know what the Amish parents have been going through since 2006. While the book is about the Amish school shooting, it's more of an autobiography of Terri Roberts, the mother of the murderer. She begins her story on the day of shooting, when she learned her son was the killer. She wrote the book, so she could find a way to understand why her son did what he did and find a way to finally forgive him.

This wasn't an easy book for me to read. Don't get me wrong, it's well-written, but the subject matter tugs at my emotions a bit too much. Overall, I did like the book and I do recommend it others.

*Note - I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Terri Roberts travels the United States and the world speaking about the Nickel Mines Amish school shooting, forgiveness, and hope. She has been interviewed by CBS News, the Associated Press, and Reuters. Terri is a mother of four sons a grandmother of eleven, including two step-grandchildren. She and her husband, Chuck, live just south of Strasbury, Pennsylvania. Learn more at

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