Sunday, March 29, 2009

A Review of Gone in a Heartbeat!

Mercy Triumphs over judgment!--James 2:13b

"Fearing death might keep you from living, but fearing life will keep you from living. Live as though the end is death, but do not be afraid. Death is simply the beginning of another path. Another world, where Jesus is King."--Rachel Works

I haven't listened to Focus on the Family on a regular basis for a long time. So, it was by chance that I happened to tune in on the day that they re-aired, Two Families United in Tragedy. The Works and Murray families came together to participate in a two part show.

On December 9, 2007, Matthew Murray went on a shooting spree at YWAM and then later at New Life Church. While at New Life, he took the lives of 2 of the Works family's daughters. It was hard to comprehend how the Works family was able to even start the healing process. They went from being a family of 6, to a family of 4. Since, I am part of a family of 6, the thought of losing 2 of my children just seemed so heartbreaking. I could only imagine the hole it would leave in their lives.

As I read this book, I was inspired by all of their lives and the testimony of their family. It was reassuring for me to hear how they turned out coming from a homeschooling family. Yet, as Marie Works mentioned, the healing process had to be so much harder for the Murray family. They had to live with the fact that their son took some lives and damaged others.

Its a compelling story of faith and forgiveness. I highly recommend it.

Book rating--9 out of 10 stars

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