Terri lived by the story of how she went from merely coping to living a life of genuine hope, to a life that has inspired many others who face the most severe challenges. Her book “Forgiven: The Amish School Shooting, a Mother’s Love, and a Story of Remarkable Grace” reveals the circumstances of the terrible happening – plus the heart of a woman who joyfully smiles in the face of adversity.


Terri went to be with Jesus at 11:30pm on Saturday, August 19th, 2017 at the age of 66, following a 13-year battle with cancer. We rejoice that she is experiencing true health and complete wholeness in heaven with her Lord and Savior! Terri lived her life with intentional joy. No matter the depth of adversity that came her way, hope was always waiting to be found in the midst of unfathomable circumstances.

The tenacity of her spirit, forgiveness of her heart, and sweetness of her soul has left an indelible mark on countless people and will continue to live on through the legacy of her testimony and lives she touched. Although she leaves a void that will not be easily filled, we know that this is not the end and her joy awaits us again.

Philippians 4:6-8 (NIV)
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Forgiven: The Amish School Shooting, a Mother’s Love, and a Story of Remarkable Grace

On the heels of a tragic crime, remarkable forgiveness within my community has brought hope and joy to my experience. This is a story of God’s grace that the world needs to hear – a story for the bitter and the broken.

On October 2, 2006, the unthinkable happened. The Amish schoolhouse shooting was too close to home: my own precious son was the suicide shooter. Suddenly propelled into the public spotlight and reeling with shock and grief, could I really go on living after this? That same day, I was astounded when the Amish people began reaching out to me with open arms, despite their own grief. The ripple effect of forgiveness is endless. My newly released book Forgiven reveals the circumstances of the terrible happening – plus the deep joy that I have discovered through adversity.


“With heartbreaking detail, Roberts courageously tells how God’s grace transformed her unspeakable pain into love and forgiveness. Caution advised: You won’t be able to put this book down once you start reading.” Donald B. Kraybill, author of Amish Grace

“This riveting account, written by a brave and brokenhearted mother, may not be what you’re expecting. But it will surely present you with an enduring hope.” Beverly Lewis, best-selling author

Published 2015 by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Baker Books 1-866-241-6733

Bethany House


Barnes & Noble


Also available in Kindle and Audio versions