About the Book: This is the tragic story of Kent Whitaker’s heart-wrenching journey toward forgiveness and faith after the brutal murder of his wife and one of his sons.

Straight from the headlines comes an incredible true story of a son’s treachery. For the first time, readers are offered inside access to the emotional drama that went on behind the scenes. At the core is the remarkable healing power of forgiveness, demonstrated by Kent Whitaker, which shows how the survivors of such atrocious events can still forgive those who have permanently damaged their lives.

One evening, the Whitaker family returned home after dinner, celebrating a son’s impending graduation from college. On opening the front door, they faced a gunman lying in wait. The gunman opened fire, instantly killing the younger sonand Kent’s wife, leaving Kent and his older son lying wounded until police and ambulances arrived. While recovering in the hospital, Kent resolved in his heart to forgive whoever was responsible for the deaths of his wife and son.

Over the next few weeks, it was discovered that the whole murder plot had been orchestrated by the surviving son — whom Kent had unknowingly forgiven. After a trial that resulted in a death sentence for his son, Kent emerged from this harrowing ordeal to share their astonishing journey toward forgiveness and redemption.

My Review: This story is nothing short of incredible. When I read the synopsis, I hadn’t heard of the crime and could only think that this was pretty much one of the worst things you could imagine happening to someone. For that very reason, it’s an incredible story about God.

What amazed me was that within just the first few hours of this all taking place, Kent felt compelled to forgive the person who had murdered his wife and son, and shot him and his other son. He is able to give this forgiveness right away, which sets the stage to offer even more healing and forgiveness. That’s not to say that there isn’t a tremendous amount of pain left to work through…there is, but taking that initial step of obedience made the rest of the story possible.

The writing is actually very good in this book as well. It at times almost reads like a novel. One of the things I really liked about this book was the way that Kent was so honest. He wasn’t afraid to share what his honest emotions were in certain situations, but he didn’t make excuses for them.

I highly recommend this book. It’s a great reminder of the power of God and the way He can use even the most damaging and painful situations in our lives for good.

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5 Responses to “Review: Murder by Family by Kent Whitaker”

  1. lilly Says:

    Sounds incredible, I don’t know if I could do what this person did. I’m not even going totry to imagine it.

  2. Yvette Kelly Says:

    I think we need to be realistic now.Kent Whitaker was able to decide to forgive the murderer within hours of this crime because he knew it was his other son.This same son had tried on two previous occasions to have his parents murdered and Kent Whitaker knew about this.He knew it then but for obvious reasons could not face it outright as it would have been too painful

  3. dan - nursing home Says:

    Looks like an interesting book. thanks for the review.

  4. Adult family home Says:

    Do you have any other books you’d like to recommend.

  5. Assisted living Bellevue Says:

    Nowadays it’s hard to find a person that is strong enough to forgive a person who have permanently damaged their lives. Sometimes people are too close to forgive, but can’t do that. Kent is an example of strong and good person. I think it would be interesting to read this book. Thanks a lot.

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