"I had no idea who has just hit us, and my mind didn't think to consider if they were all right or not, or what circumstances might have caused them to cross the median and strike us. I simply looked at the car in silence. Then I heard a voice that was not my own in my mind as clearly as if it had come from someone seated next to me. It was straightforward and filled with power, and the voice said, 'Let it go!'"
On a cold February night in 2007, a devoted father of four and a seventeen-year-old drunk driver both received life sentences. In one violent, devastating instant, both faced a drastically different - and uncertain - future. But as Chris Williams sat in his demolished vehicle, staring at the car that had just caused the death of his wife, his unborn baby, his nine-year-old daughter, and his eleven-year-old son, he committed to do something extraordinary: he would forgive.
That decision launched Chris on a journey toward healing that affected his family and friends, the young man who caused the accident, and an entire community - a community that would face another deadly tragedy just a few days later. Chris's message of forgiveness is an empowering invitation to all who have suffered, however unjustly, to lay down their burdens and let it go.
Wish I hadn't waited so long to read/hear this book. Very powerful. I learned much from it.
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A friend recommended this book and I am so glad that I listened. He tells the story with honesty and also the raw pain that anyone would feel. My heart was just torn apart by the pain that he suffered yet he chose to forgive and thus lose that additional hatred that could have ruined him. Most of us would have both the grief and the hatred that would eat at our souls. I hope that I can remember the lessons that were taught in this book. Thank you Mr. Williams!
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It's hard to put the experience of this book into words. I was left in awe, and wonder. The power of this story is truly remarkable. It's no easy thing to forgive... but it's been shown how much it truly does pay off in the end. Not just for you... but for many! 💝 You can truly feel the spirit and love emanating from somewhere higher above, as this man tells his story.
Very poignant and well-written. Put in a way that allows someone to understand full hearted how to follow the Savior and forgive others and ourselves.
Listening to this book was an excellent use of my time & money. The narration may not be entertaining, even dry as suggested by some in other reviews, but I found it was real & engaging at a pace that gave me time to soak in & chew on the tidbits of wisdom scattered throughout the story. This man is a beautiful example of humility, humor, hopefulness, a servant leader & an instrument of God's work being carried out in the most unexplainable tradgeys of life. I am inspired by his incredibly connected prayer life & ability to allow the Holy Spirit to work. Even though forgiveness is the major theme offered here, I was touched by the author's selflessness, honesty & Faith just as much as his inspiring ability to forgive.
I am so glad I read this book. It will have a life changing impact on me. What a powerful example of a true hero who faced with courage and faith the life presented to him. This is a must read.
I loved how he told of his feelings and described the incident and the steps it took to achieve healing. I too am struggling to "Let It Go". This book was recommended to me by a family member and I would recommend it to everyone. I didn't realize for a long time how much my peace and happiness depends on repentance and forgiveness. personal experiences are the best way of teaching and learning. I am not big on reading books, so this book definitely is exceptional to have kept me "reading" it to completion. (first book I have listened to on audible.) Very good. Let it help you. <3
A heart breaking yet very uplifting book, it is the story of a horrendous automobile accident that took the lives of Williams' wife, daughter, son and unborn baby. Chris knew from the moment he realized that so many of his family were dead that he had to forgive the intoxicated teenager for what he did. Although that sounds simplistic, cut and dried, it was hardly that easy. It was a long, hard road back to some kind of normalcy for Chris and his two surviving sons. It is a story of the road to forgiveness and triumph over the baser human instincts in search of the sublime. Chris gives us a model to follow when troubles, many times so much less severe than what he endured, beset each of us.
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Really enjoyed learning of Chris' experience. Thank for sharing it with us and for reading your account.
I thought it was very helpful!! Wish everyone could read it. What a beautiful story of forgiveness. Loved it.