Letters from My Father’s Murderer by Laurie Coombs | Blog Tour and Kindle Fire Giveaway

Can God heal the deepest wounds and redeem what seems unredeemable? Laurie Coombs experiences God’s transforming and redemptive power in her new book, Letters from My Father’s Murderer. When her father was murdered, Laurie Coombs and her family sought justice―and found it. Yet, despite the swift punishment of the killer, Laurie found herself increasingly full of pain, bitterness, and anger she couldn’t control. It was the call to love and forgive her father’s murderer that set her, the murderer, and several other inmates on the journey that would truly change their lives forever.

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{More about Letters from My Father’s Murderer}

Letters from My Father’s Murderer: A Journey of Forgiveness (Kregel, June 2015)

When her father was murdered, Laurie Coombs sought justice and found it.

His murderer now serves two life sentences with no possibility of parole. Yet, despite the swift punishment of the killer, Laurie found herself increasingly full of pain, bitterness, and anger she couldn’t control. After coming to faith, she realized she was being called to seek something infinitely more difficult than justice: forgiveness.

This is an extraordinary true story of grace, mercy, and the redemptive power of God to change lives. The reader is swept along with Laurie as she undergoes the life-changing transformation of becoming a Christian. As she studies Scripture, seeing God redeeming losses and healing deep wounds time and time again, she starts to understand that her own healing would require her to love her enemy in a real, practical way.

Using her incredible correspondence with the man who killed her father, Laurie reveals a compelling journey of transformation, not only in her life, but in the lives of those whom many would call irredeemable.

Letters from My Father’s Murderer is for any audience Christian or secular who

—Craves freedom from the inability to forgive those who’ve caused them harm
—Wants to hear testimony of God’s power in our obedience
—Has experienced pain through other’s sin against them
—Needs to know healing is always possible

The real story here is not primarily about murder and its fallout, but rather about redemption and how far it can reach.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Laurie’s website.

Laurie Coombs

{More About Laurie Coombs}

Laurie A. Coombs is a passionate writer and speaker on the issues of forgiveness, redemption, and the hope that is found in Jesus. Her story was featured in Billy Graham’s new film, “Heaven.” She is a featured writer and blogger for iBelieve and Crosswalk. Laurie and her husband, Travis, make their home in Nevada along with their two daughters.

Find out more about Laurie at http://lauriecoombs.org.

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Forgiving the unforgiveable

Woman tells shocking and inspirational story of corresponding with her father’s murderer

6/1/2015 || Seattle: If you asked anyone who knew Laurie A. Coombs, they would tell you what an incredibly strong person she was — the kind of person who can make it through anything. As Coombs details in her new memoir, Letters from My Father’s Murderer: A Journey of Forgiveness (Kregel/June 27, 2015/ISBN:  978-0825442292/$14.99), that outward veneer of strength masked a crumbling interior.

People had good reason to believe Coombs was as tough and tenacious as she appeared. When her father was murdered while she was in college, she sought justice — and found it. Her father’s killer now serves two life sentences with no possibility of parole.  “I certainly had been through quite a bit, and it seemed to me I had been the one who had gotten myself through it all,” Coombs admits. “‘I don’t know how you do it, Laurie,’ some would say. And in my heart, I’d think, ‘I know. I am pretty amazing.’ These comments were intended to encourage me, but they only fueled my pride. And as Proverbs says, pride most certainly does come before a fall.”

After the trial ended, Coombs began to rebuild her life; she graduated, got married and began a beautiful family. Yet, Coombs’ life soon became overwhelmed by pain, bitterness and anger she couldn’t control. She went from doctor to doctor, desperately seeking relief for the physical, mental and emotional symptoms of anxiety and depression. Then one day, she accepted a friend’s invitation to church where she found a faith that would transform her heart and start her on the road to healing.

“I felt free for the first time,” Coombs reveals. “The joy and peace I so desperately sought finally took residence in my heart. The void I had been unknowingly trying to fill with worldly things, accomplishment, and accolades was filled with the light and love of Christ. I had been made new. “

Coombs began to realize complete healing would only come when she began to seek something infinitely more difficult than justice: true forgiveness of her father’s murderer. Coombs’ situation took the biblical imperative to “love your enemy” to a whole new level, and as readers will learn in Letters from My Father’s Murderer, she discovers just how far the power of Christ’s redemption can reach when she begins to correspond with the killer.

Filled with the actual correspondence that took place between Coombs and the prisoner, Letters from My Father’s Murderer provides a unique glimpse into the practical process of forgiveness. It is messy, it is painful, but most of all, it is possible. Anyone who has been affected by the sins of others and is desperate to let go of their pain and resentment will find encouragement through Coombs’ story; freedom is within reach, and there is absolutely nothing that is irredeemable through the power of Jesus Christ.

Learn more about Laurie Coombs and Letters from My Father’s Murderer at www.lauriecoombs.org and on Facebook (lauriecoombs), Twitter (lauriecoombs) and Pinterest (laurieacoombs).

About the Author

In 2010, Laurie Coombs was called to forgive the man who murdered her father. What happened as a result of that journey is now the subject of her new book, Letters from My Father’s Murderer (Kregel, 2015). Her story has also been featured in Billy Graham’s new film, Heaven, a part of the “My Hope with Billy Graham” national broadcast.

Coombs writes on her blog and is a regular writer for iBelieve.com and Crosswalk.com. She is a contributor to the NIV Bible for Women: Fresh Insights for Thriving in Today’s World (Zondervan, 2015), has been published in FullFill magazine and has appeared on the radio program Living Joyfully Free.

With a background in teaching, Coombs is a passionate speaker on the issues of forgiveness, redemption and the blessings associated with following Jesus. She and her husband, Travis, make their home in Nevada along with their two daughters, Ella and Avery. Together, they are in the process of adopting from Ethiopia.

Learn more about Laurie Coombs and Letters from My Father’s Murderer at www.lauriecoombs.org and on Facebook (lauriecoombs), Twitter (lauriecoombs) and Pinterest (laurieacoombs).

Suggested interview questions

—Why did you want to write Letters from My Father’s Murderer, which details such a tragic and painful part of your life?

—Tell us about the significance of the few interactions you had with your father just prior to his murder.

—You’re very honest in the book about the mistakes your father made and how that affected your teen years and even your choice to reject the faith you had been raised in. Was that difficult for you to do?

—Almost immediately after learning about your father’s death, you say the hate for his killer began to fill your heart. How did that hatred affect you?

—How did this experience change how you view the attitude toward violence in the media?

—What was it like for you to return to college and complete your daily classes and tasks after such a life-altering event?

—Before sentencing at trial, what did you tell the jury on the day you stood in the court room and came face-to-face with your father’s killer?

—You began to build a lovely life with your family in the years following the trial and appeared very strong. What happened that finally brought you to the point where you turned to the Lord?

—What were some of the little daily miracles and occurrences that drew you to Jesus when you started seeking Him?

—What made you decide to begin corresponding with your father’s killer? What did you hope would come from it?

—Tell us about the moment you were finally able to forgive.

—Your father’s killer wrote, “Your testimony may have saved a life,” in one of his letters. What did he mean by that?

—You prayed a prayer at the beginning of your forgiveness journey. Tell us about that, and how it was answered.

—What have you learned from your interaction with him?

—What is his status today? Do you maintain regular contact with him?

—Why do people often feel as though forgiving others means they “got away” with the wrong they committed?

—What is at the heart of the message you share in your book?

—What do you mean when you say your “pain won’t be wasted”?

—There are people who believe they will never be able to forgive people who have hurt them. What would you say to them?

—You chose to begin Letters from My Father’s Murderer with Romans 13:12, which says, “The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.” Tell us about the significance of that Scripture to you.

To request a review copy of Letters from My Father’s Murderer, schedule an interview with Laurie Coombs or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings, audra@litfusegroup.com.


“If you long to understand and experience true forgiveness, don’t miss this book. It will give you renewed hope, fresh faith, and a platform upon which you can build redemption, restoration, and a new kind of normal.” —Carol Kent, speaker and author of When I Lay My Isaac Down

“I stand amazed! Letters from My Father’s Murderer examines the darkness within all of our hearts and exposes how light can shine brightly, even in the darkest places, when we seek to find the truth. The real truth.” —Tammy Whitehurst, founder of Joy for the Journey

“Read this book carefully; you will probably discover some lies buried in your own heart.” —Dan Frank, lead pastor of Grace Church, Reno, Nevada

“What readers will especially appreciate is the interweaving of Coombs’s understandable pain, confusion, and fear with showing what God can do. . . . Highly recommended.” —CBA

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    I strongly urge you to check out this book and go through this process with them! As the sister of someone who has completed a suicide. While different, the act of forgiveness is the same. From the simple hurt your feel when someone hurts your feelings, to the big things like suicide, murder, affairs. God commands us to forgive. Learn some very valuable resources, just in reading their words to each other and the process they go experience.

    Written by Memawsstuff on July 20, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R28F2OZ6YKYJB4/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00YFPEPPW

  • Many books that are somewhat autobiographical in nature are not necessarily well written – the story is interesting, but the writing can often be abysmal. Not so with this book. The writing is incredibly well done and you are swept, not only into the story, but into Laurie’s heart and mind as she deals with the ramifications of her father’s murder.We learn through stories – as evidenced in the parables used in Jesus’ teaching. And when stories – whether fiction or non-fiction – are told from a poor theological perspective, the result can be quite damaging. However, when those stories are told from a strong theological perspective, the result is simply amazing. The depth of insight Laurie provides on the subjects of forgiveness, reconciliation, and our walk with God is incredible.

    Written by TammyIsBlessed on July 20, 2015
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.ca/review/R2RX2P9FHMK3A1/ref=pe_1086170_134824320_cm_rv_eml_rv0_rv


    What a heart wrenching book. This is a story about something no one wants to ever experience, the loss of a loved one at the hand of a senseless murder. I am totally in awe of Laurie and what she was able to overcome and learn from such a tragic event in her life. This book was a good read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on July 20, 2015


    My most succinct review and my highest praise would be one and the same for Laurie Coombs’ book: Letters from my Father’s Murderer is a picture of the Gospel in action.

    We could speak at length about justice and mercy and redemption and forgiveness, and it would be fascinating conversation. The ways of God are always worth meditating upon. Yet what happens when you desperately want to walk in God’s ways, and your world has been ripped apart by your father’s murder?

    Laurie knew one thing- God was not content to leave her in a pit of bitterness.
    The power of Christ inside her could surely make something good and beautiful out of all of this.

    In the wake of such harm, Laurie dared to believe God for healing.

    Written by Found a Christian by His Grace on July 20, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3ULKO5NUTCA65/ref=cm_cr_pr_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=082544229X


    This book is raw and real and the story of conversion for the writer as a Christian is inspiring. I enjoyed the letters and the way Laurie shared details of the story was great. There were times that I got bogged down in the reading but I enjoyed it overall.

    Written by Did YOU Hear About the Morgans? on July 20, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1B33TSI1S2EAB


    This book is a must read for anyone struggling with forgiveness. According to Matthew 6:15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. I believe this book is a must read for anyone who has gone through something traumatic and needs to come terms with it. If you don’t know how to forgive someone, this book will definitely give you the steps to understand how to forgive and, not only that, but show you the miraculous things that can happen when you do. Not forgiving affects us in so many ways – both physically and mentally – and we know we need to forgive but sometimes it seems impossible. After reading Laurie’s book, you will never feel that way again. After all, Laurie is forgiving someone that killed her father.

    Written by Welcome to Our Crazy World on July 19, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2V5SZ8REVN94/ref=cm_cr_pr_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=082544229X


    I found this book very difficult to read, not because of the subject matter but because of the way the book is written. The first few chapters seemed rather disjointed and difficult to follow. It was written in a Guideposts, “This is my problem and how I survived it” sort of way. As I progressed through the book it did get better.

    Written by My Full Cup on July 18, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3IBPVZYQXWLYA


    Letters From My Father’s Murderer is the raw, honest and inspiring story of how one woman comes face to face with the worst that humanity has to offer and – with God’s grace – finds a way through the darkness.

    Honestly written, sensitively presented, and courageously explored, consider this a “must read” book of the year!

    Written by Create With Joy on July 18, 2015
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.com/review/R3S1AP28YUVGE5/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • This is an incredible story of God’s love and grace, and how freeing forgiveness can be. Laurie’s faith called her to do what seemed like the impossible, extend forgiveness to the man who took her father’s life. Through their testimony of coming face to face with redemption and it’s healing power, Anthony and Laurie have been able to touch the lives of countless people in all walks of life. I thought it was an inspiring, heartbreaking story.
    I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.

    Written by Inklings and Notions on July 16, 2015


    As I read this book, I kept asking myself how I would react, and I would sin. The book opens and we glimpse a family that was broken and trying to put parts back together. The main focus of the book is about a man, called Anthony, and his jealousy that ends in murder, and steals this man from his family.

    We walk with Laurie and her journey to forgiveness, but a strong emphasis is on her walk of faith. I could see God working in her life and struggles, and watched her grow in her Spiritual life as this journey of the letters progressed. As we read the letters we see how Anthony tries to rationalize his actions, and how Laurie deals with this.

    A very sad story, and yet God’s hand is here, and through the letters we travel to the experience of true forgiveness.

    Written by Maureen’s Musings on July 16, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R29856YH63TBYH/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=082544229X


    This is a book that will not leave my mind. It was one of the most amazing stories I’ve ever read and, the most amazing thing is, it’s all true!

    I highly, highly recommend this book to everyone! This is a must read for church pastors, leaders, counselors and would be especially good to give to prison libraries. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

    Written by Julie – More of Him on July 15, 2015
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R1XPDCXX8LARJ6/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=082544229X


    Laurie tells the truth and pain about forgiveness. Her story of how her father is murdered and the suffering she experiences to have forgiveness for the person responsible for his death.

    This is not the fluffy, happy story of Laurie corresponding with her father’s murderer (serving life in prison); it is a very true and heartbreaking book of how she heals and how to forgive. She starts to communicate through letters and becoming a friend to the one responsible for such a devastating tragedy in her life. By her faith and commitment to follow GOD, she learns forgiveness is a journey she must take on her own walking with GOD.

    I would recommend this to those that want to have a meaningful read. If you have a problem with forgiveness, this is the book for you.

    Written by Deb’s Book Review on July 15, 2015


    To say that I enjoyed this story is not exactly true. I would feel horrible saying that I enjoyed reading about something that was so painful and heart-rending as the murder of a family member. But, I did enjoy reading the culmination of letters and events that God orchestrated to bring both parties in this book to forgiveness and reconciliation.

    Written by Britt Reads Fiction on July 15, 2015
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.com/review/RGBHLUNYTDWWH/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    From the very first page, I was amazed at Laurie Coomb’s bravery in sharing details of her personal life behind the scenes of this tragedy. As she searches for truth, I admire her courage and tenacity in pursuing a correspondence with her dad’s murderer.

    I couldn’t put this book down, and I plan to share it with a friend whose sister was violently murdered. Laurie’s story offers hope for readers on journeys of grief and healing. It’s powerful, life-changing, and a good resource for counselors.

    Written by Mom 2 Mom Connection on July 15, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R6PLY09UWBHUG


    The title alone demands that I pick this book up. It is certainly a book that will make readers think, a story that boggles the mind when it comes to Christ’s command to forgive, and just might leave you rethinking what you thought you knew and understood about forgiveness. When it comes to Christ’s command to forgive, knowing and doing are different things, as most of us have found out, many times over. Through her desire to be obedient to God’s leading, Laurie walks the fine line between kindness and friendliness, and silently preaches many sermons through her actions – challenging us at the same time. I am so glad that Laurie shared her experience and recommend it to all readers.

    Written by The Power of Words on July 14, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R23MZJZ1VBU0P0


    Letters from My Father’s Murderer completely opened my eyes to the meaning of true forgiveness and the ability for someone at their very lowest is able to find Holy redemption among man. Laurie says a very painful part of her life, the murder of her father, with readers not to play victim but to share the powerful grace that God provides both her and her father’s killer.

    Written by Wife Mommy Me on July 14, 2015
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    This book was such an emotional read. I cried so many tears while reading this book. “Letter’s From My Father’s Murderer” is a book that is sure to touch you deep down.

    Written by Our Perfectly Imperfect Life! on July 13, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R28J7E6XXDFT88


    Simply said, Letters from My Father’s Murderer is a gift. Laurie Coombs has given her readers a priceless gift. Laurie has chosen to be transparent with one of the hardest periods of her life in order to give readers a clear picture of the power of the Gospel in the life of one surrendered to God’s will.

    Laurie writes as if she is sitting across the table from you sharing the details of a wound healed by the Great Physician. She gives a modern day parable that happens to be a true story and in the process shares an amazing story of redemption.

    Written by Mother of Three on July 13, 2015
    Read my full review: https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/AG8L0K3H4O50T


    Letters from My Father’s Murderer is a powerful story! I was captivated by Laurie’s emotional story and touched by her candidness. Poignant and thought-provoking, this story lingered in my mind long after the last page had been turned.

    Written by Buzzing About Books on July 13, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R30UCA6RFRURE1


    I so appreciated Laurie’s honest and raw writing – opening these wounds could not have been easy for her or for Anthony and both of their families. Her story is one of loss, hope, forgiveness and redemption – all of which are only available through the saving blood of the Lord Jesus. Laurie shows what it means to change as we allow the Lord to be the Lord of our lives, even when that change hurts and shows us who we really are – sinners saved by grace. As Christians we usually say we’d forgive those who wronged us but what if we really had to forgive – forgiving is easy when it’s someone who says a hurtful word or maybe even steals but what if someone took a life – a life that you loved? Laurie shows what it means for Christians to forgive.

    Written by Growing for Christ on July 12, 2015
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.com/review/R7XKYRRAEX8OM/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    As I read the book, I was reminded of the recent tragedy in South Carolina and how the decision of one person can change so many lives in the blink of an eye. I am awed by how Laurie is so transparent in her journey to forgive the man who took her father’s life. Her book I am sure doesn’t share all that happened, but there is enough to give readers a glimpse into the aftermath of a life taken, and another forever behind bars.

    Written by Seeking with All Yur Heart on July 12, 2015
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.com/review/R2N363CTJ57MSS/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    The journey of their relationship is intriguing and fascinating. It is pretty unbelievable. Both of them go through the feelings of anger, shame, and confusion, but they both have their faith in God to lean on while they are sifting through all their feelings. I highly recommend this read.

    Written by The Talbert Report on July 11, 2015
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.com/review/R3CGF076RN0VR3/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm


    I couldn’t imagine wanting to be face to face with someone that hurt someone so close to me, but I applaud Laurie Coombs for doing what she felt God led her to do. It was a heartbreaking story to read, but at the same time. a truly touching story to see what these two people meeting did in both of their lives. If you have ever been in the position of holding a grudge over something much smaller than this, I highly recommend reading Letters From My Father’s Murderer.

    Written by Cristi’s Reviews on July 11, 2015


    Amidst today’s electronic anonymity of lightning-quick rushes to harsh, unyielding judgment and widespread vitriol fueled by single-minded hate, messages of hope are far too rare. Debate and compromise, much less collaboration, are often rendered moot by deleterious condemnation based upon differences that will not matter one iota in the long run. Letters demonstrates that even among the most natural of enemies there exists not only an eternal connection but also indefatigable grace and hope when we have just a little bit of faith.

    Written by Jef Cotham on July 10, 2015
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    Laurie Coombs’ Letters from My Father’s Murderer is truly a journey of forgiveness, just as the subtitle promises. If not for the awesome power of God, Coombs’ story would be simply unbelievable. Giving evidence to the fact that God can redeem any situation – no matter how tragic – and use it for His ultimate glory, Letters from My Father’s Murderer is inspirational, emotional and well-worth the read. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone.

    Written by Book by Book on July 10, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3R0BKZFM1F6XC


    “Tomorrow is most certainly a good day.” (p. 199)

    This one statement represents the essence of God’s redemptive work in the lives of Laurie Coombs and Anthony Echols. When I began Letters from My Father’s Murderer I didn’t have any idea what a God appointment this would be in my own life. I’m living in the wake of a situation that desperately needs to reflect the forgiveness and grace that Laurie and Anthony pursued throughout this book! Their experience has fueled a hope in my heart that I, too, will one day walk in this same freedom found only in the transformation of God’s forgiveness and grace.

    Written by Window To My World on July 10, 2015
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    This true story will rip your heart out as you walk it with the author. The fact that she could share something so intimate is marvelous all on it’s own.

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on July 10, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/RUYY1Q6X2FMA3


    Laurie takes her reader’s on an amazing journey of forgiveness…she shares how her father’s murderer played a role in her coming to a saving relationship with Christ which ultimately enabled her to forgive the man who murdered her father.

    Laurie crafts a grace-filled story of restoration…how God takes ashes and turns them it into beauty. I couldn’t put this book down…I never got to a point where I wanted to stop–a real page turner. Great writing and great inspiration for anyone struggling with forgiving someone.

    God loves both the offender and the victim…He desires to have a relationship with all. Laurie’s ability to forgive the man who murdered her father should give all hope that anyone can choose to forgive others–no matter the offence.

    This is truly an inspiring book…especially for those who are wrestling with forgiving someone. I highly recommend this book…terrific read! Five stars, plus!

    Written by Four Seasons of Blessings on July 9, 2015
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  • I couldn’t pass up this book when I saw the title and synopsis. Oh, my! What a gripping story. I am blown away by the way God worked in Laurie’s life as she learned to forgive her father’s murderer. She was not a Christian at the time of her father’s death, and she did her best to put her life back together after he died.After attending church with a friend, she realizes what is missing from her life. From there, God proceeds to work miracles in her life. But, she also has a front row seat as He works miracles in the life of her father’s killer and the men he is surrounded by in prison. This is the ultimate story of God using a devastating situation for His glory!

    Letters From My Father’s Murderer is a must-read!

    Written by This Sweet Life on July 8, 2015

  • An incredible journey of following God’s teaching on forgiveness and love. A truly uplifting, lesson full story. I cried, I smiled and I learned so much from this young woman. A definite must read.

    Written by Working Mommy Journal on July 8, 2015

  • Laurie is no extraordinary human but she has a personal relationship with God and she knows that her feelings of anger and resentment do more harm than good. So she starts writing letters to the man who murdered her father. Four years of letters written back and forth bring about an unexpected relationship where she learns to forgive and gets some sense of closure. Her murderer also transforms his life throughout the process and learns to be honest with himself and others. The testimony of forgiveness, redemption, and healing shows readers the way that Christ wants us to live.

    Written by Heck Of A Bunch on July 7, 2015
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1MCRIN619O91A


    A powerful testimony to an awesome God. Journey with Laurie, an ordinary woman with an extraordinary faith, as she obeys God and writes letters to her father’s murderer. See the impossible become possible with God. See lives and hearts changed. See God at work.

    Written by Avid Reader Reviews on July 6, 2015
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    This book is a BEAUTIFUL message of forgiveness. As the title suggests, Laurie’s father was murdered. As she began to know Jesus and grow closer to Him, she started to realize that He was asking her to forgive her father’s murderer. Thus began a long journey of communication. Through many tears and open, raw wounds, Laurie was able to find peace and bring glory to God.

    As she shares with us the letters that passed back and forth between them, she also shares her heart and her emotions as each one shows up at her door. It is such a tragic, but beautiful story! God shines through in every ounce of it and that is what is so beautiful. Please pick up a copy! (Link is in the pic above)

    Thank you, Litfuse, for this great book! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

    Written by aTransParentMom on July 5, 2015
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    This book is different than a traditional memoir. The exchange of letters provides two perspectives on the same crime and the events that led up to it. Reading the letters, I almost felt transported to her kitchen or living room as she read through Anthony’s letters and crafted her own responses.

    Written by Luxury Reading on July 2, 2015


    (I apologize for being late. Been in the hospital)

    This is a lovely true story that everyone should read. A story of forgiveness and complete redemption. As you read Ms. Coombs story of the relationship between her and her father’s murderer you will have an array of emotions, everything from laughing to crying.

    The relationship between her and her father’s murderer also enforced her relationship between her and her faith. The author wrote a powerful book of forgiveness, but more so of redemption. Ms. Coombs went through a lot of emotions, bitterness, anger and others that she just couldn’t get under control. It was going to take more than just saying I forgive you. Much more. Everyone should read this book. It’s amazing. A terribly hurt woman who overcame her bad emotions and learned to strengthen her faith and learn to transform. A MUST READ!

    Written by BOOKS REVIEWS ETC on July 2, 2015
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    I could barely put this book down! As much as I wanted to find out why her father was murdered, I was equally as drawn to the underlying message of forgiveness, redemption, and most of all, healing by following the path of God. We are encouraged to love our enemies, which seems like such a difficult task. This proves to be the case, as seen when Laurie navigates her own journey of forgiveness. The amount of strength and perseverance Laurie shows throughout her experience is miraculous. I’m so glad that she shared her story the way she did, as I feel it could speak volumes to anyone who reads it. It gives you a very positive impression of forgiveness, and reminds us all that 1-forgiveness allows for our own healing and 2-that forgiveness does not equate to the acceptance of sinful acts.

    Written by Momma of 2 Review on July 2, 2015
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    This is a good memoir of responding to the call of God to forgive and love our enemies. Theory is one thing but putting it into action is another. Coombs, through the power of God, was able to forgive and love the man who murdered her father. This is an encouraging account of God taking an evil from the past and using it for good, for ministry in the future.

    Written by Book Reviews from an Avid Reader on July 2, 2015
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    What an emotional read. Coombs is a remarkable women with all she went though and the mercy she showed and to forgive like she did.

    I cried and hold on to this book and learned so much form reading this book.. This is a book that is sure to touch you deep down. I read this book and went back and reread it. You are going to find so much in the pages of this book. Learn to really forgive for starters. Life changing book. This book will stay on my bookshelf so that I can reread it every year.

    I gave this book five stars and I HIGHLY recommend it.

    I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

    Written by The Mary Book Reader on June 30, 2015
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    When I began to read author Laurie A. Coombs book called Letters From My Father’s Murderer, I was not sure how anyone could deal with the kind of horror that she had to. It was an unbelievable story of faith, family, hope and love. It is hard enough to find things out about our loved ones that we never thought possible. It is truly hard to be able to forgive someone that hurts someone that you love. I am sure that there are not too many other people that could do what Laurie A. Coombs did. Not only did her faith help her get through horrible events but it has helped others deal with their losses. I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book by Litfuse Publicity Group for the purpose of a review. All opinions are my own. –

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    Written by 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!on June 29, 2015
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    This story seized my attention from the first chapter. The premise of the story is that Ms. Coombs’s father was murdered by a business acquaintance. The unexpected murder and loss causes much grief, and leads Ms. Coombs into a place of darkness and bitterness in her life. My initial response was shock as Ms. Coombs’s own weaknesses and failures are revealed. Then, I found myself drawn into the heart of her pain and her cry for healing. With so much bitterness filling her life, it was encouraging to read quotes such as, “Time only dulls the pain. God heals the wounds.”

    Written by Down In The Hollow on June 29, 2015