Forgiving the Dead Man Walking: Only One Woman Can Tell the Entire Story

Forgiving the Dead Man Walking: Only One Woman Can Tell the Entire Story


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It was just another time of enjoying milkshakes and small talk. Neither Debbie Cuevas nor her boyfriend, Mark Brewster, gave much thought to the white pickup truck that had pulled up beside them on the riverfront. Until . . . a revolver thrust through the driver’s window . . . a hand jerked Debbie’s head back and a voice said, "Don’t do anything stupid" . . . and a quiet Friday evening abruptly became a nightmare. For the first time, here is the untold other half of Dead Man Walking, the movie that depicted killer Robert Willie’s death-row relationship with spiritual advisor Helen Prejean. Now the woman whose testimony helped send Willie to the electric chair tells her side of the story—the side America hasn’t heard. In gripping detail, Debbie Morris—formerly Debbie Cuevas—recounts her hours of terror . . . and her years of walking an agonizing road back to wholeness. More than a riveting narrative, here is an incredible tale of courage, faith, and forgiveness. In a world where all of us struggle sooner or later with unforgiveness, Debbie Morris is a living testimony to the grace we long for: grace that shines more brightly than we dare believe, bright enough to triumph over the darkest evil.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310231875
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 08/13/2000
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 559,629
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Debbie Morris is currently a public school special education teacher with a particular concern for troubled students considered at-risk for future involvement in violence and crime. She and her husband live with their two children in Tennessee.

Gregg Lewis is an award-winning author and coauthor of more than fifty books, including Gifted Hands, The Ben Carson Story, Take the Risk and The Big Picture.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9(2)
Midnight at the Riverfront
"I've Got to Survive"
Gunshots and Promises
With Willie and Vaccaro
Chance to Escape
"Kill Me Now!"
"Where's Mark?"
Making the Case
Public and Private Trials
"Get On with Your Life"
"You Can't Fix Me"
The Nun and the Execution
Still No Peace
Undeserved Love
That Nun Wrote a Book
Confronting Sister Helen
Forgiving the Dead Man Walking

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'What an incredible story! What kind of 16-year-old woman is this who could so personally engage her abductors that they felt obliged to return her safely home? But abduction and escape is only half of this story. The rest deals with traumatic aftershock in Debbie's life and the long, painful road to become whole again. There's refreshing honesty in these pages as Debbie reveals her own fierce struggles and mistakes so others can gain insight and courage.' -- Sister Helen Prejean, , Author

'Debbie has allowed us to walk with her on an incredible journey to forgiveness. Her honesty reveals the eroding effects of a life without forgiveness -- I breathed with joy when she breathed with joy. What we see, what we hear, what we learn, is life-changing.' -- Chonda Pierce, , Author

'A remarkable, wrenching story of grace and forgiveness.' -- Philip Yancey, , Author

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