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Published by Thomas Nelson on March 15th 2016
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Christian Life, Inspirational, Personal Memoirs, Religion, Religious
Forgiveness is possible even in impossible circumstances. On March 28, 2010, Kate and Andy Grosmaire received two pieces of news that would change their lives forever. The first was their worst nightmare: “Ann has been shot.” And the second was the dumbfounding addendum: “Conor was the one who shot her.” Their nineteen-year-old daughter had been killed by her boyfriend, a young man who had lived with the family and had come to feel like part of it. In a beautiful, tragic testament to the liberating power of forgiveness, Kate Grosmaire tells the story of her daughter’s murder at the hand of her boyfriend—and the stunning, deliberate forgiveness and help that Kate and her husband offered to the young man who shattered their world. Part memoir, part spiritual testimony, Forgiving My Daughter’s Killer is the story of a family whose faith was put to the test and so found the capacity to do far more than they could have thought or imagined.
Could you forgive someone who killed your daughter?
Many of us struggle with forgiveness for even the most mundane things. We attend to our resentments like we would a pet, sometimes consciously and sometimes without even fully understanding what we’re doing. Now imagine if something more serious, utterly unthinkable happened, such as your daughter meeting death by the hands of her boyfriend. Would forgiveness cross your mind?
Kate Grosmaire’s daughter was shot at close range by her boyfriend, and despite fighting for her life, died at the young age of nineteen. It was a harrowing experience for the Grosmaire family and their friends. Ann was a brilliant young woman with a promising future, which was cut tragically short by her boyfriend Conor.
In Forgiving My Daughter’s Killer, Kate shares her story about how the sudden loss of Ann changes her life, her husband’s life, and how they struggled to accept and forgive each other and come to terms with what Conor had done.
Kate also expresses how her Catholic faith helps her through this process, which I couldn’t help but become inspired and teary eyed from reading. It was interesting to learn about Restorative Justice and how that kind of justice works. I hadn’t heard of such an alternative before, but I’m convinced that many cases could do so much good with that kind of system.