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

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