Forgiven: The Amish School Shooting, a Mother's Love, and a Story of Remarkable Grace

Forgiven: The Amish School Shooting, a Mother's Love, and a Story of Remarkable Grace


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ISBN-13: 9780764217326
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 349,320
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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 and a grandmother of eleven, including two step-grandchildren. She and her husband, Chuck, live just south of Strasburg, Pennsylvania. Learn more at

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Forgiven: The Amish School Shooting, a Mother's Love, and a Story of Remarkable Grace 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were 3-4 pages that were repeated in my Nook book There was no true ending to the book It was good to read about the tragedy from the mother's perspective and to see the healing that went on between the two communities
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very inspirational
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A well written story of peace and love that only God can provide
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fabulous book on forgiveness !
4aussiegirl More than 1 year ago
Forgiven The Amish School Shooting, A Mother’s Love, And a Story of Remarkable Grace By: Terri Roberts with Jeanette Windle I do love the cover of this book soft colors and very smoothing to the eyes. I am sure everyone heard of the shooting at the Amish School house after all it was all over the news in every state. It happened on Oct. 2, 2006 seems like a life time ago to me but for the parents of the girls shot and hurt or killed and the mother of the shooter I am sure it is very fresh in their minds as if it were yesterday. The young man shot and killing five girls and wounding five girls, then taking his own life. The young man’s mother is writing this books and I am sure this brings back memories that one wishes never happened in the first place but to bring them back has got to be one of the hardest things a parent can go through. I can’t imagine how they all dealt with the heart aches and lose of such young lives and yet these beautiful Amish people had a heart big enough to forgive and help the mother of the shooter. Now that is grace. As you travel through this book on a journey no one wants to travel Mrs. Roberts shows the love and faith these beautiful people have of a Lord that they follow and believe in. I truly can’t imagine the thoughts that took residence in the mind of Mrs. Roberts as she tried to play the scene of these devastating accounts that have no answers and that leaves a family unsettled. The families of the girls killed and injured that forever will remain a mystery to the mother and the parents of the girls, as Mrs. Roberts writes this book trying to find the journey of her life, and trying to find answers that aren’t there to help put this at rest. Only God knows why and only when Mrs. Roberts reaches Heaven will God answer what is a forbidden answer here on Earth? I am sure the healing of all the families will take a very long time. I am also sure that forgiveness is one of the answers to the healing process that the Amish has learned long before any of us have. Healing is a long process but I am sure with God at your side the process goes just a little faster for God gives peace where no one else can. I recommend this book highly. It’s a hard read but a good read. I received this beautiful book free from Bethany house for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review just an honest one. The opinions I have expressed are entirely my own and no one else’s. 5 Stars ISBN 978-0-7648-1732-6
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Forgiven, Terri Roberts tells the story of the Nickel Mines Amish school shooting, an act committed by her son. The tragic aspects of the story were widely covered by media in 2006, but in Forgiven, Roberts unveils the hope that occurred after and in spite of the shooting. She writes from a unique perspective, with experiences that few others can identify with. As such, it is easy to give labels, such as “the shooter’s mother.” However, Roberts incorporates the stories of her family – of raising her children, of cancer, of personal growth, of the shooting – and describes the emotional impact of these stories in such a way that the reader cannot help but learn to know Roberts as someone other than “the shooter’s mother.” Through her stories, Roberts also shares the importance of “moving forward” rather than “moving on.” This is a crucial reminder in a day and culture where we are generally expected to move on and get better after a short time of grief. In reality, the grief, pain, or hurt, never leave completely, and we are left to feel like we have failed. Roberts’ encourages her readers to recognize grief and to be honest about the emotions it provokes, but to allow the grief and emotions to be transformed into something greater. I highly recommend Forgiven to anyone looking for a captivating and thought-provoking read. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
VillaSyl More than 1 year ago
After a son does the unthinkable, how can a mother go on? Forgiven recounts the events of October 2, 2006 and the Nickel Mines Schoolhouse shooting in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. A gunman, entered an Amish one-room schoolhouse, shot ten girls, killing five, and then finally taking his own life. This is his mother's story. Not only did she lose her precious son through suicide, but she also lost her understanding of him as an honorable man. It was a trauma that none should ever have to face. Forgiven is the true story of a man who was raised in a good Christian home, seemed to have a great life going for him, and then without any warning, walked into an Amish schoolhouse, ordered all the boys and teacher out, and shot the girls, killing 5 of them. The biggest headlines came when her Amish neighbors did the unimaginable, reaching out to the family of the shooter with comfort and forgiveness. No one could have foreseen the love and friendship that have been forged from the fires of tragedy. To know that after trying your best to raise a son to be a good husband, good employee, good man, you find yourself having to live through the unimaginable. Forgiven is a story that recounts real lives living the truth of the bible in the best way they know how and is a testament to the difference that Jesus Christ makes in the real world. I recommend Forgiven though caution advised: You will need a box of Kleenex to get through this story of a mother’s love and a remarkable story of grace. Forgiveness is sometimes a journey and it is not always easy, but without forgiveness one cannot heal. Received copy of book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Forgiven, Terri Roberts shares her touching account of what God can do with profound tragedy if people turn to Him. As mother of the perpetrator of the Amish school shooting that happened in October 2006, Terri shares with us her loss, the details surrounding the tragedy, and a remarkable story of people seeking forgiveness and healing instead of anger and revenge. With great courage, Terri opens her heart to us to show how the loss of her son in the wake of this tragedy has gradually transformed her and brought her close to her Amish neighbors who suffered so much in the aftermath of the Nickel Mines Amish school shooting. As I read about this event of which I surprising remember so little, I was moved by Terri’s willingness to explore her own weaknesses in light of what happened and how she humbly turned to God to help her find healing and hope. I cried when Terri shared how her Amish neighbors in the hours and days following the tragedy reached out to her and her family to offer help. I loved how Terri shared scriptures that gave her hope and encouragement during dark hours and days. I admired her willingness to share her story with others despite her hurt and fear because she knew that God wanted to use her to help others understand the healing power of forgiveness. Forgiven is a well-written, poignant, and powerful narrative of how God works in the lives of ordinary people to bring hope, healing, and forgiveness in a world that would be so dark and tragic without it. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Forgiven by Terri Roberts for my candid review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of FORGIVEN: THE AMISH SCHOOL SHOOTING, A MOTHER’S LOVE, AND A STORY OF REMARKABLE GRACE by Terri Roberts with Jeanette Windle from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. This is such a gripping tale. Do not expect to start reading this, put it down, and pick it back up later down. It will haunt you until you finish it as soon as possible. I was partly familiar with the story of the Amish school shooting. My family and I visit Pennsylvania frequently. We heard about it there, from many with tears in their eyes, and later on we watched a dramatized movie. I thought the movie was done tastefully, but somehow reading about it is much more heart-wrenching. Be prepared to cry through most parts of this book. You will feel chilled. The hairs will stand up along your arms. The forward is by Beverly Lewis. I am familiar with her Amish novels. My mom and I are avid readers of hers. This, although sad and traumatic, is a perfect companion to those. It shows a different side to the happy stories, one that is very true. FORGIVEN will leave you frozen. I highly recommend it, but please be prepared for the rawness of this book.
Smw30 More than 1 year ago
A true story about a Amish school shooting and the aftermath of such a horrible act. Its also about forgiveness and letting go. Such a heartbreaking and heartwarming story. All parents should read.
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing story about forgiveness. So much heartache, pain, and suffering, yet this Amish community extended to this family love and forgiveness. I'm not sure, I could have done so if I had been in their shoes. I would have needed time to work through my pain before I could have worked through the forgiving process. The beautiful part of this story is, this Amish community did exactly what the Bible commands us to do, forgive. I was very inspired by this authors account of what happened and her willingness to share, with the world, her story. I won this book on LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed in this book are mine alone.