Sorry for the last minute response. I just returned from Gimli
The book, oh my goodness, the book.
I tried hard to read it as a Beta reader, but I think I failed. I wanted to read it clinically with a critical eye but........
The "problem" for me was that your writing is so darn good,
I could visualize it all as it transpired.
I just stepped into the story and became a part of it. I was at your kitchen table with you and Cliff when "the stranger" arrived at your door at 10:00 the evening Candice's body was found. I was a silent witness/guest at your breakfast meetings with Rene`.
I was there in the room at the first Justice program meeting and felt the grief and the rage. I could see and feel the clouds and the change in the atmosphere.
I tried to be objective and analytic as I was reading but kept getting swept up in the whole unfolding.
My question is "what does forgiveness feel like?
I have learned that I do not have to allow the darkness/fear/grief/rage/oppression swallow me. That there is power and victory in forgiveness.
That forgiveness is not necessarily a "meek or weak" response to injustice but that forgiveness can be strong and bold and loud, a battle cry.
I would without reservation recommend this book to a friend or a foe
*Put on the kettle, send all your calls to voicemail, get comfy because once you start this book you won't want to put it down.
Thank you Wilma, I appreciate being a part of this even though I suck at being a Beta reader.
I will shred the draft copy immediately, even though it may cause me pain to do so.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” - Martin Luther King. JR.