Let It Go: A True Story of Tragedy and Forgiveness by Chris Williams
I'm always amazed when others who have suffered truly devastating grievances are able to turn the other cheek and wholeheartedly forgive their offender. I absolutely loved reading this story of Chris Williams' healing and forgiving process, and "watching" his understanding of very personal, intimate gospel truths grow. It's impossible to walk away from this book without a deeper gratitude for life and a resolve to be better.
Goodreads summary: 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 eleven-year-old son, and his nine-year-old daughter, he committed to do something extraordinary: he would forgive.
That decision launched Chris on a journey toward healing that impacted his family and friends, the young man who had caused the accident, and an entire community - a community that would face another deadly tragedy just a few days later.
Chris's message of empowering forgiveness is an invitation to all who have suffered, however unjustly, to lay down their burdens and let it go.