Book Review: Forgiven by Terri Roberts

Recently I was given the opportunity to review the book Forgiven: The Amish School Shooting, a Mother’s Love, and a Story of Remarkable Grace.

Cover of the book
Cover of the book


This is a true story, dealing with the shooting that happened in October of 2006 at an Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania. On that day, a man entered the school, shooting ten young girls. Five of those girls passed away and the shooter also ended up taking his own life. Many people most likely recall the story, at least to some extent. This story is related from the point of view of the shooter’s mother.

At times, it is a difficult read, emotionally as you experience Roberts’ pain over the loss of her son, and also dealing with the horrible thing that he had done. However, the story is a one of hope and God’s grace.  Terri takes us back to the beginning, when her son was born and leads us up to the day of horrible event. She takes us through her journey with her own health problems and how she formed a lasting connection with the very Amish families that were affected by what her son had done.

This is definitely a book to pick up. We don’t often hear the story from this perspective, as many times only the direct victims voices are put out to the media.

forgiven back

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House for the purpose of this review.


Find this book on Amazon HERE.

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