Called to Forgive: The Charleston Church Shooting, a Victim's Husband, and the Path to Healing and Peace

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Baker Books, Jun 4, 2019 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
While the murder of his wife devastated Anthony Thompson, he and three other relatives of victims chose to privately and publicly forgive the shooter. Years later, the church and community still struggle to understand the family members' deliberate choice to forgive the racist murderer. But as Charlestonians have witnessed these incredible acts of forgiveness, something significant has happened to the community--black and white leaders and residents have united, coming together peaceably and even showing acts of selfless love.

This book is the account of Anthony's wife's murder, the grief he experienced, and how and why he made the radical choice to forgive the killer. But beyond that, Anthony goes on to teach what forgiveness can and should look like in each of our lives--both personally, in our communities, and even in our nation. After much pain, reflection, and study, Thompson shares how true biblical love and mercy differ from the way these ideas are reflected in our culture.

Be inspired by this remarkable story and discover how the difficult decision to forgive can become the key to radical change.
 

Contents

The Aftermath 35
A Homegrown American Terrorist 47
The Decision 59
A Mighty Long Journey 73
Missing Myra 91
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My Letter to Dylann 163
Bible Study Questions 173
A Call to Prayer from the Bishops in South Carolina 219
Myras Bible Study on Jesus Parable of the Sower from Mark
Notes 240
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The Reverend Anthony Batiste Thompson is the pastor of Holy Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church of Charleston. The Reverend Thompson was married to the late Myra Thompson. They have three children and six grandchildren.

Denise George
is the author/coauthor of thirty-one books. She is married to Dr. Timothy George. They have two grown children and one toddler grandson. George has served as founding director of LifeWay's Women's Ministry program and adjunct instructor at Beeson Divinity School.

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