No Room for Vengeance: In Justice and Healing

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Part memoir, part self-help, and completely inspirational, No Room for Vengeance in Justice and Healing is the true story of a teenage prank gone wrong, the woman whose life it nearly took, and what can happen when justice and forgiveness step ahead of the need for vengeance.

Holiday season 2004. A snowy night. Two friends driving home from a family event. Teenagers on a joy ride, out for a night of mischief. And an incident that makes front ...

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Overview

Part memoir, part self-help, and completely inspirational, No Room for Vengeance in Justice and Healing is the true story of a teenage prank gone wrong, the woman whose life it nearly took, and what can happen when justice and forgiveness step ahead of the need for vengeance.

Holiday season 2004. A snowy night. Two friends driving home from a family event. Teenagers on a joy ride, out for a night of mischief. And an incident that makes front page news in New York and beyond.

The incident causes several lives to converge: Ryan Cushing, the teen who threw a frozen turkey out of the window of a moving car; Robert Goldman, a psychologist and attorney working with juvenile offenders and in the middle of saying a prolonged good-bye to his mother; and Victoria Ruvolo, the woman injured by the teen.

Given little chance of survival, critically injured Victoria Ruvolo not only survives, she goes on to mentor thousands of teens - including the one who injured her - alongside Robert Goldman.

What does it take to leave vengeance behind in favor of forgiveness?

What happens when we do?

The inspirational story of a woman who decided to forgive and the thousands of people she impacted by doing so will warm your heart and change forever the way you look at vengeance, justice, and healing.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780983627180
  • Publisher: No Vengeance Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 132
  • Sales rank: 911,130
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2011

    Highly Recommended!

    A true account of love, forgiveness, justice and healing. Rob and Victoria came together for a reason and their mission is to continue to spread the message to "Do Good Good with Your Life".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Heart-warming Story

    No Room for Vengeance is a very quick and easy read, but it touched my heart and had me crying a few times when reading it. At the time that was exactly what I was looking for and I would recommend to anyone looking for an honest story about forgiveness and moving forward.

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  • Posted November 28, 2012

    When you look around nowadays it seems as though the human race

    When you look around nowadays it seems as though the human race has lost its way. With all of these acts of war; crime; and environmental devastation, it makes you stop and ponder how as a species we have evolved into creatures of such destruction when we are capable of such beauty and compassion. We allow personal beliefs and agendas to take over our moral compass; these things that make us unique, these beautiful things, wield a way psychologically to hold an amount of disdain over others, and tarnish their beliefs in our eyes. We are a ridged people, we are stubborn people, but in the end we are still people. Everyone is built the same way; we all have skin; we all have nerves; we all have a heart, and we all have blood; and we all bleed. Maybe I’m going on a tangent here, and seem to think that the world is a more sordid place than it is, but that doesn't make Ms. Ruvolo’s actions any less powerful and needed in the world today. Forgiveness is something hard to come by and everyone can learn from her example. See past the illogical actions of others and emotional instability to see their humanity; they can make a mistake, but they can also learn from that mistake and make the world a better place.

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    This story of forgiveness is truly inspiring. We all remember he

    This story of forgiveness is truly inspiring. We all remember hearing Victoria's story on the news in 2004, but this book really sheds light into what she went through. If everyone had a heart as big as this woman, we would live in a different world. Read it, it will move you and open your eyes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    I still remember when I found out about this story on the news.

    I still remember when I found out about this story on the news. When i found out about the book I began reading it immediately, as I was interested in learning more about the situation and the aftermath. This is a MUST READ. Such an inspirational story of forgiveness and justice. I recommend it to all!

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

    This book will restore your hope in humanity, compassion, as wel

    This book will restore your hope in humanity, compassion, as well as help you reflect on your own views on these topics. An inspirational look at a horrific chain of events, seemingly small, that would lead to one horrific moment that would change so many lives. Despite the odds, and the pain, a triumph of spirit that will take you on your own journey, to release the negative thoughts that swirl in your own mind. This book has changed my life, my own personal outlook, and my hopes for my future. As a mother and a behavior specialist, I wish we could teach these principles to all of our children, to alleviate those bad choices and moments that so many children have. To forgive does not make us week, but allows us to move on....what a profound thought that is so difficult to use in our everyday lives. Victoria allows us to see her journey, a fork in the road, in which she could have turned a very different way. But she didn't. And if she can go down the road to forgiveness for such a monumental incident, then why can't we all do the same for so many incidents in our lives? I will forever think of her as I navigate life's roads, and when I find myself asking which fork in the road to take..

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  • Posted February 5, 2012

    Very Highly Recommended

    This is a book that should be read by every educator and every teen. School districts would do well to include it in their Junior and Senior High School required reading. It teaches the important lessons of consequential thinking and compassion.

    I remember when the story of the frozen turkey assault hit the news media eight years ago. My first thought was that this was such a senseless and devastating incident. Years later, I had the great pleasure to meet Dr. Goldman and Victoria Ruvolo and came to learn how Victoria's compassion and Dr. Goldman's insight had turned an extreme negative into a positive. Even though I knew most of the story, I never fully understood the physical and emotional journey that led to this wonderful partnership. I simply could not put this book down.

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  • Posted January 10, 2012

    My Heart Almost Burst With Admiration and Appreciation

    Reading “No Room For Vengeance”, has helped to change forever, the way I want to conduct myself in life going forward. Victoria Ruvolo turned a tragedy into a beautiful lesson for the whole world. After nearly being killed by a frozen turkey that crashed through the windshield of her car, she not only survived, but made an amazing recovery. When she later learned that a group of teenagers had been out for a night of criminal mischief, and that one of them tossed the turkey from their moving car, she thought first to understand, not to condemn. Readers of this book, will learn how a woman with innate wisdom, handled her recovery, and the process of seeking justice with immense compassion and grace. This is a book I want to read over and over again, until I have fully internalized Victoria Ruvolo’s and Rob Goldman’s lessons of love, compassion, and sensible thinking. Everyone can benefit from reading this book, especially tweens, teenagers and young adults.

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    A Must Read!

    An excellent story of people interconnected by a belief in dialogue and forgiveness. This book grounds you and reminds you of how empowering forgiveness is and it's place in physical and emotional healing. Dr. Goldman & Victoria tell honest recounts of how personal tragedies led to the launch of a program that has changed the lives of countless individuals. There is a lot to be learned from these individuals, great read if you are in need of some inspiration.

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

    A great book with a great message!

    This book will anger you, it will excite you, and it will make you wonder why. In the end, you will cry, because a place deep inside will be touched. Victoria's story of bravery and mercy, told through the ears, eyes and heart of a compassionate doctor named Robert Goldman is compelling to say the least. You won't want to put this book down.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This book should be part of the required reading in all of our High Schools. The message could transform so many lives. I love the way the story is told, it really shows how interconnected we all are and how everything we do affects so many others in ways we could never comprehend. Once I started reading the book I counldn't put it down. If you are not sure, give it a try, I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    1 of the Best Books I've read!

    It really is one of the best books I've ever read. I'm not exaggerating.

    It tells a complex - story with no easy answers in a very real and raw way. You might tear up, but in the end you'll be so thankful you picked this book up!

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    B&N asked about my feedback but I'm unable to at this time because..

    Have not received my copy as of yet! I only gave a one star because again I have NOT received my preorder copy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2011

    I highly recommend this book!

    This book is based upon the incident that occurred on Long Island in which a woman, Victoria Ruvolo, had a frozen turkey thrown through her windshield, thereby crushing every bone in her face. Ms. Ruvolo made headlines for the leniency and forgiveness she showed to the teenager who threw the turkey that struck her. This book follows her inspirational story along with the touching parallel story of attorney/psychologist Robert Goldman, who was dealing with his own loss and anger at the time. Victoria's story brought the two together. Their eventual friendship was a source of healing for both and inspired Dr. Goldman to create a program for at risk youth, in which Ms. Ruvolo participates. This book is so inspirational and exemplifies how forgiveness can free one of the burden of anger and hate, which can be all-consuming in one's life. Reading this book left me with optimism and hope. I love that it was written from a personal and emotional perspective instead of an informational how-to guide. All around a great book!

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    Posted January 16, 2012

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