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Litfuse Publicity: Letters from My Father’s Murderer A Journey of Forgiveness by Laurie A. Coombs

on July 12, 2015

About the Book:

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), that outward veneer of strength masked a crumbling interior.

When her father was murdered, Laurie 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, and 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.

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 and 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.

You can visit Laurie at her website, on Facebook and on Twitter.

My Opinion:

The book sounded interesting but I’ll admit I wondered if I was ready for this book, was I ready to read about someone’s loss, their grief? Laurie lost her father to murder and with my husband’s passing still fresh in my head I began her story – I admit to feeling a great bit of anxiety as I began the pages of her story, she wrote with real emotion, holding nothing back. Granted my loss was different, it was my husband and he wasn’t murdered, but there are still similarities – both losses were unexpected and I also dealt with and still do deal with anger at both him and the Lord. Laurie had a case for righteous anger, one where her anger was justified according to Scripture however the bitterness she held on to wasn’t and she began to see how that was affecting her health and her life.

Reading Laurie’s story actually gave me some hope, seeing how she began to find her new normal without her dad – including her marriage and as she went on to have children, gives me hope that one day my children and I too will find a new normal. 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.

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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.

Join Laurie in celebrating the release of Letters from My Father’s Murderer by entering to win a Kindle Fire!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire HD 6
  • A copy of Letters from My Father’s Murderer

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 20th. The winner will be announced July 21st on Laurie’s site.

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2 responses to “Litfuse Publicity: Letters from My Father’s Murderer A Journey of Forgiveness by Laurie A. Coombs

  1. libbycole007 says:

    Wow, that sounds like a really difficult subject for a book to take on! Sounds like it was handled beautifully, will have to check it out.

    • ohiosarah says:

      Hi Libby, thank you for stopping by and I will check out your blog soon! I know, I’m not sure if I could write about it but she did great I would really recommend it – I did forget to mention there were a couple cuss words, well what I consider cuss words c**p and h**l but otherwise a clean and great read.

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