Letters from My Father’s Murderer Book Review

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Letters from My Father’s Murderer by Laurie A. Coombs is a journey of forgiveness and redemption. Not just for the man who murdered Laurie’s father, but for Laurie as well.

In her preface Laurie says her book is about redemption. It is the story of two enemies willing to trust God enough to walk down a path neither of them wanted to enter. But a path they entered nonetheless.

When Laurie realized her unresolved anger had turned to bitterness and that true healing can only come from God, she knew it was time to forgive her father’s murderer.

Letters from My Father’s Murderer relates the author’s journey toward forgiveness and healing in an honest and open way that shows forgiveness is messy and in this case, took years to accomplish.

This book is more than a journal of events on the road to redemption for Laurie and Anthony. It is a book for each of us who needs to forgive and be forgiven.

This book drew me in from the beginning and kept me turning pages until the end. The progression through the book shows changing attitudes. It shows trust building. It shows a total dependence on God developing.

It also shows that while we can’t always understand why things happen the way they do, we can see God working in the middle of the mess if we are open to him.

As Laurie writes, “I don’t think God ever intends blessings to stop with those he blesses– blessings are intended to flow through every one of us to others.”

I highly recommend Letters from My Father’s Murderer for everyone who has ever needed to be forgiven, or who needs to forgive.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

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