""This is the book I was hoping Dianne could write in 2010 when the first edition was published. Hearing from her husband, her daughter, and the man who murdered her son in this edition helps us to see how we process grief in different ways. The facilitation material at the end is also an excellent addition. A deeply personal, powerful book for hurting people.""
--Judith Lingenfelter, Biola University Faculty Emerita
""If your adult child were murdered, could you ever forgive the killer? Is that really what God would have you do? Could you grow to experience God's love and forgiveness yourself in such a way that you then could actually face your son's killer, see his need for God's love, and forgive him?
God did just that in Dianne and Glenn Collard's lives. I Choose to Forgive tells their remarkable, heart-stirring story. As you read their story, I know you will find help to forgive and release those whose lives have hurt and traumatized you. And, in the process, God will give you new freedom yourself.""
--Byron Spradlin, president, Artists in Christian Testimony Intl, Brentwood, Tennessee
""As a father, I can't quite imagine how I would forgive a person who murdered my children. I would likely be overcome by rage and suffocated by grief. And I would need to hear others share their stories, to show me how the impossible might become possible in the face of a nightmarish tragedy. That's of course the beautiful gift of this book: a story of Dianne's encounter with God's extraordinary grace that enables her to do the impossible: to forgive and in that gift of forgiveness to know freedom and joy.""
--W. David O. Taylor, Fuller Theological Seminary
Dianne B. Collard is a missionary, international speaker, creative catalyst, and advocate for artists. She serves as the Europe Ministry Director of A.C.T. International and is the Director of ArtsCharlotte.
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Table of Contents
Foreword Greg Asimakoupoulos xi
Foreword Shann Ray xv
Preface: The Route Defined xxv
Prologue: The Quest xxvii
Introduction to the Expanded Edition xxxi
Chapter 1 The Journey Begins 3
Chapter 2 God's "Impossible" Destination 7
Chapter 3 The Destructive Detours 13
Chapter 4 The Roadblocks 21
Chapter 5 The Itinerary 28
Chapter 6 Homecoming 35
Chapter 7 A Perpetual Expedition 46
Conclusion to the First Edition: Join Me on the Journey 48
Explanation: The Journey Becomes a Pilgrimage 53
Chapter 8 The Pilgrimage Continues 71
Introduction: Fellow Travelers Share Their Journeys 75
Chapter 9 My Road to Revenge Glenn T. Collard 77
Chapter 10 A Sister's Forgiveness Journey Wendy Collard Skenderi 98
Chapter 11 From Murder to Freedom: Mike's Journey 112
Conclusion to the Expanded Edition 117
Applications For Your Journey
Addendum A Challenges along the Way 121
Addendum B Leaders Fostering Environments of Forgiveness 127
Addendum C Small Group Bible Study: Examples of Forgiveness 133
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