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'My story is not about my past, but about your future.' In the startling tragedy of the Amish schoolhouse shooting at Nickel Mines, one story has never been told. Marie Roberts Monville, the wife of the man who created such horror, tells her story for the very first time. It is a story of sorrow, of madness and destruction, but also one of deliverance, compassion, forgiven 'My story is not about my past, but about your future.' In the startling tragedy of the Amish schoolhouse shooting at Nickel Mines, one story has never been told. Marie Roberts Monville, the wife of the man who created such horror, tells her story for the very first time. It is a story of sorrow, of madness and destruction, but also one of deliverance, compassion, forgiveness and beauty. Marie Monville knew that day that life, as she knew it, was over. What she never anticipated was a personal encounter with God that would rewrite all she believed about herself, her faith, and the God she thought she knew. The Milkman's Daughter reveals three love stories: the innocent love of a milkman's daughter for a husband in pain, the incomprehensible love of God in the aftermath of massacre and destruction, and the promise-filled love of God waiting to unfold in the life of every person who reads this book. Marie's journey since that darkest of days has been invaded with light, and these pages shine that light into the darkest questions we all face--questions about our past, our value, our identity, and own powerlessness in this fallen world. Come face to face with the Power behind every answer.


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'My story is not about my past, but about your future.' In the startling tragedy of the Amish schoolhouse shooting at Nickel Mines, one story has never been told. Marie Roberts Monville, the wife of the man who created such horror, tells her story for the very first time. It is a story of sorrow, of madness and destruction, but also one of deliverance, compassion, forgiven 'My story is not about my past, but about your future.' In the startling tragedy of the Amish schoolhouse shooting at Nickel Mines, one story has never been told. Marie Roberts Monville, the wife of the man who created such horror, tells her story for the very first time. It is a story of sorrow, of madness and destruction, but also one of deliverance, compassion, forgiveness and beauty. Marie Monville knew that day that life, as she knew it, was over. What she never anticipated was a personal encounter with God that would rewrite all she believed about herself, her faith, and the God she thought she knew. The Milkman's Daughter reveals three love stories: the innocent love of a milkman's daughter for a husband in pain, the incomprehensible love of God in the aftermath of massacre and destruction, and the promise-filled love of God waiting to unfold in the life of every person who reads this book. Marie's journey since that darkest of days has been invaded with light, and these pages shine that light into the darkest questions we all face--questions about our past, our value, our identity, and own powerlessness in this fallen world. Come face to face with the Power behind every answer.

30 review for One Light Still Shines: My Life Beyond the Shadow of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting

  1. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Groff

    What I Love About the Book: The first thing that caught my attention when I first heard of the book was the title "One Light Still Shines." As I read the book, the context of book's title was woven through her entire writing. Amidst her pain and questions, she recognized the Light that was still shining for her & all the individuals involved.She has borne her heart through her book and shared her struggles as she began to pick up the pieces and move on after the tragedy. She reflected on God's l What I Love About the Book: The first thing that caught my attention when I first heard of the book was the title "One Light Still Shines." As I read the book, the context of book's title was woven through her entire writing. Amidst her pain and questions, she recognized the Light that was still shining for her & all the individuals involved.She has borne her heart through her book and shared her struggles as she began to pick up the pieces and move on after the tragedy. She reflected on God's love surrounding her and the support of her family & friends as each day passed.As she spoke of her husband, she recognized the tragedy that had befallen the individuals at the hands of her husband, but she also recognized him for the husband & father he was to their family, realizing the turmoil that he had kept hidden within for many years.She chose forgiveness and love amidst all that had happened and reflects the joy that follows the sorrow. Why I Recommend the Book: I recommend the book for the message that it portrays. Amidst the tragedy of the situation & circumstances that may come, she has shown that there is a Light and hope for the persons involved. She has revealed the need of a growing relationship with God, no matter what circumstances surround you, as well the love God shows to his children each and every day.

  2. 5 out of 5

    thePromoParrot

    Described as a Conservative Christian and family man, Charles Carl Roberts IV, 32, was married and a father of three. He was a milk delivery person from Bart township. On October 2, 2006 he entered a one-room Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, took 10 girls hostage, shot them killing five of them before taking his own life as police stormed into the school by breaking through the window. A pregnant woman, three parents with infants, and all fifteen male students were told to leave the Described as a Conservative Christian and family man, Charles Carl Roberts IV, 32, was married and a father of three. He was a milk delivery person from Bart township. On October 2, 2006 he entered a one-room Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, took 10 girls hostage, shot them killing five of them before taking his own life as police stormed into the school by breaking through the window. A pregnant woman, three parents with infants, and all fifteen male students were told to leave the school by Roberts. A news report in the aftermath of the incident claimed he had been planning the attacks for a week and had brought along a 9 mm handgun, a 12 gauge shotgun, a rifle, a bag of black powder, two knives, tools, a stun gun, 600 rounds of ammunition, KY sexual lubricant, wire and plastic ties. The wire and plastic items presumably to be used for securing the victims, and KY jelly apparently to sexually assault the girls. Perhaps anticipating a long siege, he also brought a change of clothing. According to reports, Roberts phoned his wife from within the school house before he murdered the children. Ironically, his wife was said to be leading a prayer group at the time that was organized to pray for school children in their community. When Marie Roberts Monville learned that her husband was the Nickel Mines Amish schoolhouse shooter, she was shattered and thought her life was over. What she never anticipated was a life-changing encounter with God reaching deep into her circumstances and rewriting all she believed about herself and her faith. Recounting her ordeal for the first time, Marie shares a heartbreaking story of a woman whose husband murdered innocent children and who through her pain and suffering embraced the love and mercy of God. The Amish community after the incident put emphasis on forgiveness and reconciliation. An Amish neighbor visited the Roberts' home the same night of the incident and offered forgiveness to the family. Judgment is in God's hands: `Judge not, that ye be not judged.' One Light Still Shines: My Life Beyond the Shadow of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting by Marie Monville, and collaborated by Cindy Lambert, is a tragic tale that evoked deep emotions worldwide. But that is not the end... It is also a beautiful story of redemption. In the book Marie shares how her pain and helplessness to deal with the situation has been replaced by hope and redemption. One Light Still Shines is a three-in-one love stories: -a devoted wife's innocent love for a husband in pain, -the unfathomable mercy and love of God in the aftermath of massacre and destruction, -and the redemptive love of Christ, waiting to unfold in the life of every person who reads this book. Marie's journey since that darkest of days has been invaded with light which shines through these pages into the darkest questions we all face - questions about our past, our value, our identity, and own powerlessness in this fallen world. Come face to face with the Power behind every answer - a love that begs to be received. One Light Still Shines is a story that has forever changed a community. It can change yours too!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Karen Wingate

    One Light Still Shines tells the story of how one woman survived the worst of life circumstances and how God is able and willing to not only sustain us, but to pierce the darkness with his light. Marie Roberts Monville, the widow of the man responsible for the massacre of 5 Amish girls in 2006, tells the story of how she and her children clung to the light of God's grace, buoyed by the love, kindness, and grace of a forgiving Amish community. There are so many quotable quotes in this book. I cou One Light Still Shines tells the story of how one woman survived the worst of life circumstances and how God is able and willing to not only sustain us, but to pierce the darkness with his light. Marie Roberts Monville, the widow of the man responsible for the massacre of 5 Amish girls in 2006, tells the story of how she and her children clung to the light of God's grace, buoyed by the love, kindness, and grace of a forgiving Amish community. There are so many quotable quotes in this book. I could hardly put this book down. I so appreciate Marie's transparency and her deep abiding faith in a God who can carry any of us through the worst life throws at us. This is not just a memoir, this is a book of hope and victory for any of us.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and was just a little girl when I heard about the Nickel Mines tragedy. Now over ten year later, it was amazing to read about this story from the perspective of Marie Roberts Monville, the widow of the man responsible for the shooting. I cried buckets while reading this book, it was moving and hard to put down. I would not agree with everything that took place in this book (like Marie's decision to marry a divorced man) but I did enjoy the book as a wh I grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and was just a little girl when I heard about the Nickel Mines tragedy. Now over ten year later, it was amazing to read about this story from the perspective of Marie Roberts Monville, the widow of the man responsible for the shooting. I cried buckets while reading this book, it was moving and hard to put down. I would not agree with everything that took place in this book (like Marie's decision to marry a divorced man) but I did enjoy the book as a whole. It was amazing to see how God worked in Marie's life as a result of the tragedy.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Remember the Amish schoolhouse shooting? I do, and figured it was probably a couple of years ago. I was pretty shocked to realize that it happened in 2006 -- 7 years ago now. One Light Still Shines: My Life Beyond the Shadow of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting tells the tale, not of what happened during the shooting, but of what happened afterwards to the wife of the shooter. She (Marie) was a 28-year-old mom of 3 young kids. She'd been raised in the church and was a classic "good girl," so when sh Remember the Amish schoolhouse shooting? I do, and figured it was probably a couple of years ago. I was pretty shocked to realize that it happened in 2006 -- 7 years ago now. One Light Still Shines: My Life Beyond the Shadow of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting tells the tale, not of what happened during the shooting, but of what happened afterwards to the wife of the shooter. She (Marie) was a 28-year-old mom of 3 young kids. She'd been raised in the church and was a classic "good girl," so when she learned that while she was at a prayer meeting, her seemingly good guy, Christian husband had shot up a nearby Amish schoolhouse, killing 5 little girls and injuring others, and killing himself as well, she couldn't believe it. In the days and weeks following the shooting, she and her children were showered with goodwill from all the people you'd expect, and many you might not: the day of the shooting, several Amish men (including some whose children had been killed) came to the house where she were staying and offered their full forgiveness to her, as well as offers to help her in any way they could. Marie makes some observations about the whole incomprehensible situation: God believed in me enough that he allowed me to be Charlie's wife, even though he knew that these circumstances would arise and threaten to destroy everything I held dear. He allowed me to walk the road that led here anyway. Another time she sensed God telling her, You know only limits. I am limitless. God richly blessed Marie, giving her an almost unbelievably caring and optimistic family (her mom, who was with her throughout, commented shortly after the shooting, "I can't wait until God does something grand in this situation." Wow -- that is pretty much not what I would be thinking! Within a month, God also led Marie to another godly man whom she married and now they're all happy. Thanks to the incredible generosity of those around here, the coming months also presented her with a trip to Europe, a Disney Cruise, and piles and piles of donations and cards from friends and strangers alike. This book made me think about our lives, our sorrows, and God's overseeing of it all. We will all face trials: some, like Marie, face theirs all in one horrific day, and then get a happily-ever-after, complete with a great guy, a book deal, etc. Others of us face the sadness of a longer, drawn-out sorrow that promises no happily-ever-after this side of heaven and no recognition from others. But no matter the path He calls us to, this book is a good reminder that God will walk faithfully beside us if we'll only open our eyes to see His presence.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    One light still shines is the perfect title for this book. That one light, God, led Marie and her family out of the bleakest of times and into the brightness of starting a new life of happiness. This is a book of Marie's spiritual journey through the tragedy her life became the moment her husband Charlie decided to go into an Amish School and commit a horrendous crime before taking his own life. The darkness that came into her life that day did not take over her life. Even though there were many One light still shines is the perfect title for this book. That one light, God, led Marie and her family out of the bleakest of times and into the brightness of starting a new life of happiness. This is a book of Marie's spiritual journey through the tragedy her life became the moment her husband Charlie decided to go into an Amish School and commit a horrendous crime before taking his own life. The darkness that came into her life that day did not take over her life. Even though there were many low moments, her faith and trust in God let light break through the darkness and show her that God was going to help her through and would not leave her in her time of need. Last year I read the book written by Terri Roberts, the shooters mother. No matter how much I read on this horrific incident, my mind has a hard time comprehending what would make him target innocent Amish girls. The Roberts family's faith and the Amish communities forgiveness really makes you stop and think of how we live our lives. We could all do better by taking this to heart and making faith and forgiveness a part of our everyday lives. What a different world this could be if everyone could do this.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laurel Kehl

    She was in one of the darkest places I can ever imagine and saw God's redemption literally every step of the way! It encouraged my faith, that our God LOVES to enter in, to transform the horrors of life!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    This story is amazing. The tragedy of little Amish schoolgirls being shot, and the rather breathtaking decision by the Amish community and parents of those girls to publicly forgive and then embrace and support the wife and family of the man who committed the act, was shockingly unexpected. I still remember the 2006 event, and even more so, the way the media was caught by surprise by the public act of not just forgiveness, but a decision to embrace this "lost family." This story is more than jus This story is amazing. The tragedy of little Amish schoolgirls being shot, and the rather breathtaking decision by the Amish community and parents of those girls to publicly forgive and then embrace and support the wife and family of the man who committed the act, was shockingly unexpected. I still remember the 2006 event, and even more so, the way the media was caught by surprise by the public act of not just forgiveness, but a decision to embrace this "lost family." This story is more than just a glimpse into a far different world than we tend to live in, but a recounting with depth and richness. Marie Monville was 28, with three children, when her husband committed this crime. Her introduction sets the stage for the rest of the book, "I'd like to tell you a love story. I could tell another story instead. I could recount a gruesome, premeditated murder. I could describe unspeakable acts. I could take you behind the scenes into the shielded private world of my Amish neighbors as they mourned the horrific losses of their daughters, granddaughters, nieces, sisters, and friends. .... I have been asked to tell those stories time and time again. But those are not my stories to tell. ... the only story I have to tell is my own. Although an unspeakable tragedy invaded my life and thrust me into a sudden storm of darkness, my story has always been and continues to be one of miraculous love." And so the story goes, Marie recounts her life, her childhood, her quiet rural life growing up among the Amish. Her bond with a church community, becoming the wife of a man she loved and respected, and eventually three children. Then and only then, does her life change in ways most of us would shudder to consider. She is a Christian, her faith is what orders her world. And she writes her story in sometimes a nearly unworldly manner about her ongoing conversations with Jesus. And His answers and at times practically physical support. Some readers will likely be put off by this personalized interaction that she recounts through her life and through the immediate aftermath of the event, how it occurred nearly day by day, if not hour by hour at times. But this isn't a superficial evangelical recounting in some proud way how a person interacts with God daily about somewhat mundane decisions of how to be kinder to a neighbor, or finding peace to live with an older car than what others drive to church. This is a powerful recounting of her living through events no one would think to prepare for - to tell her children that their father "had done some bad things," that he wasn't coming back, with fuller explanations to follow as her children could handle it. At 28, preparing a funeral for a mate who had torn apart a rural community, having to deal with media, with possible and even understandable hate from those in the small town, etc. So, this read is worth it. It is raw, it is surprising, it is a deep view into several dynamics American society seldom explores, and left this reader with plenty to ponder.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    This beautifully written and heart-wrenching story will leave no reader untouched. It is the story of a miraculous love as Marie Roberts emerges from a terrible tragedy and does it with boldness, strength, and wholeness, and how healing was brought to her heart and restoration to her family. She was determined not to allow herself to go down in defeat, but be strong for her children. Through faith and the power of prayer, she was filled with assuredness and was able to embrace life again. Marie This beautifully written and heart-wrenching story will leave no reader untouched. It is the story of a miraculous love as Marie Roberts emerges from a terrible tragedy and does it with boldness, strength, and wholeness, and how healing was brought to her heart and restoration to her family. She was determined not to allow herself to go down in defeat, but be strong for her children. Through faith and the power of prayer, she was filled with assuredness and was able to embrace life again. Marie Roberts and her family lived in the town of Georgetown, Pennsylvania in Lancaster County. This quaint little town had a population of about 600 and the neighborhood consisted of as many Amish as English residents. Marie had always been timid and rather reserved, and all was peaceful in her world until she received that shattering phone call - a call that crumbled her heart and changed her life forever. A brutal massacre had taken place at an Amish school when Charlie Roberts took ten girls hostage, ages 7-12, and barricaded himself and the girls inside. He then shot them, execution style, and turned the gun on himself. Charlie was dead and at least three little Amish girls, and the others gravely wounded. Charlie, the man who committed the shooting, was not the man Marie and her children loved and trusted. Charlie had been a quiet, hard working, faithful, and loving husband and father, and he had been a Christian all his life. Yes, he'd had periodic bouts of mild depression over the years and had deeply mourned the loss of their infant daughter nine years earlier, but why did this tragedy happen? And the story unfolds --- There was an out-pouring of love and concern from Marie's family, friends, and neighbors. But there was a profound embrace from the entire Amish community, showing Marie and her family that they had forgiven Charlie. They shared their grief and comfort, speaking with words of assurance and concern. The Amish families were extending to Marie and her family an unconditional love. Quote from the book - "No matter how tragic your circumstances, your life is not a tragedy. It is a love story. And in your love story, when you think all the lights have gone out, one light still shines." This story will surely touch your heart and one that you'll not forget. An amazing read! 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review. All opinions shared are solely my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    First I want to say how can you really put star ratings on someone else's life? Especially with someone's life that has gone through so much. I feel Marie and the Amish deserve five stars just for their forgiveness alone. But, not only have they forgiven, as has Marie, but have been touched by God in so many ways. I know we are suppose to forgive, but losing all those children for the Amish they must have strength I don't have and wish I did. I have gone through stuff in my life and try to forgi First I want to say how can you really put star ratings on someone else's life? Especially with someone's life that has gone through so much. I feel Marie and the Amish deserve five stars just for their forgiveness alone. But, not only have they forgiven, as has Marie, but have been touched by God in so many ways. I know we are suppose to forgive, but losing all those children for the Amish they must have strength I don't have and wish I did. I have gone through stuff in my life and try to forgive and find strength, but nothing like they have gone through. What a wonderful community to live in for Marie when she was going through this tragedy which she didn't create. It was at the hands of her husband. I loved how the Amish came to Marie's husband's funeral and made a wall around the gravesite to protect her family from the media. I've read the Amish book about the shooting and it still amazes me the strength they have from God to forgive. I really like what was written on page 295 about how God is not the source of any sin but he is the salvation of sin, and that he is with us in our sufferings and helps us heal with his presence. There is more to this and I hope it sounds right here, but there is so much truth in that. The Amish and in this book as well as Marie has shown the public what it is truly like to be able to forgive. I think God has shown millions of people that forgiveness is what you have to do and pray about it when it's hard. I feel that millions of people were in awe of how the Amish came to the Roberts family and helped them through the tragedy. I do understand this was in no way the fault of Marie's family but that of the hands of her husband. But, for the Amish to step in and help the family when they had lost so many of their own children amazes me. We are doing this book as our Inspirational book group for Jan. 2014. And, I must say there is a lot of inspirational moments in this book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    Wow. WOW. My mom mentioned this book in passing in an email. I picked it up (well, checked it out via Kindle) almost in passing, to read in between the arrival of more anticipated books. But WOW. I don't think a book has ever touched me the way this book has. I am absolutely not a touchy-feely-book person. I don't like it when books seek to manipulate my emotions. I also don't generally go for religious books aside from the scriptures themselves, whether that religion is pseudo (think Mitch Albom Wow. WOW. My mom mentioned this book in passing in an email. I picked it up (well, checked it out via Kindle) almost in passing, to read in between the arrival of more anticipated books. But WOW. I don't think a book has ever touched me the way this book has. I am absolutely not a touchy-feely-book person. I don't like it when books seek to manipulate my emotions. I also don't generally go for religious books aside from the scriptures themselves, whether that religion is pseudo (think Mitch Albom books...total dreck, in my opinion) or for real. This book wears EMOTION and RELIGION and JESUS on its sleeve, and I embraced almost every minute of it. I would recommend that anyone who is human read at least the first half of this book, even better the first 3/4 (and then finish it off if you can manage). I have never wept such genuine tears while reading a book. This woman speaks a different religious language than I do (lots more "Jesus with skin on" and such), and she prays in a different way than I do, but the workings of God in her life as described in this book transcended syntax and word choice and spoke directly to my soul and spirit. I think I will be uplifted anytime I think of this woman's story, and I am so glad that she wrote this unlikely book. What a fantastic way to start the year!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    I've read Think No Evil (Beiler and Smucker) and Amish Grace (Kraybill, Nolt, and Weaver-Zercher) and expected this book to be more of the same. I picked it up because the Amish and the Nickel Mines shooting are well-known in this area but this book is so much more than another perspective on the crime that brought this family into a spotlight they neither caused nor wanted. When Monville's husband entered the Amish schoolroom, young girls became innocent victims but so did Charlie's wife and ch I've read Think No Evil (Beiler and Smucker) and Amish Grace (Kraybill, Nolt, and Weaver-Zercher) and expected this book to be more of the same. I picked it up because the Amish and the Nickel Mines shooting are well-known in this area but this book is so much more than another perspective on the crime that brought this family into a spotlight they neither caused nor wanted. When Monville's husband entered the Amish schoolroom, young girls became innocent victims but so did Charlie's wife and children, left to face questions for which they had no answers and with no husband or father to support them through it. But long before the schoolhouse shooting, God was meeting Marie right where she was, drawing her closer to him so that when she received the cryptic phone call from her husband, telling her that he wasn't coming home, she was almost immediately surrounded by a supernatural peace. As the days became weeks and then months and years, God continued to show her family, in tangible ways, that they were not forgotten; that He was always right there. The pages of this book taught me more about grace and redemption than a lifetime of living.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    Wow. I couldn't recommend this book enough. My "moment" of sobbing was when the Amish filed in line to protect Maria and family from the prying eyes of the news reporters during the gravesite memorial. What grace. Thanks David and Jill for recommending I read it--better yet, for handing it to me to read!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Verna LaBounty

    Inspiring story of the aftermath of the Amish School shooting.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rosanna

    Very little introspection here, no answers. Kind of bizarre actually.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    I'm going to give this 5 stars because writing a book like this, after having an experience like she has had, must be incredibly difficult. She shares all of her personal experiences of prayer and trusting, being sad and overwhelmed, and then shares all the goodness that comes when turning it over to the Lord. I don't see how you can read this book and not be overwhelmed with the presence of God in her life. All of the "coincidences" were so perfect and well-timed. Her life doesn't magically get I'm going to give this 5 stars because writing a book like this, after having an experience like she has had, must be incredibly difficult. She shares all of her personal experiences of prayer and trusting, being sad and overwhelmed, and then shares all the goodness that comes when turning it over to the Lord. I don't see how you can read this book and not be overwhelmed with the presence of God in her life. All of the "coincidences" were so perfect and well-timed. Her life doesn't magically get better, sorrows continue in other deaths, and yet she prevails and becomes willing to share her story to help others when they are going through their own times of despair. If you don't believe in God, you probably will be turned off. If you do believe, read this book and stand in awe of how good God is...In addition, the Amish community is shown to be true believers in the concept of love and forgiveness. They showed time and time again that they cared for her while they were the ones who had faced loss because of her husband. I think what spoke to me as well is how others somehow labeled her "the shooters wife" and judged her. How awful, to be innocent and judged while you yourself are grieving for your losses.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bernice

    This is a very good book, a spiritual journey for a family that has to face a terrible tragedy. I grew up in Lancaster Co. and am very familiar with the area and the Amish, so it was very interesting to read about the outpouring of love by the Amish for this family whose husband and father were responsible for the loss of their daughters. However, I was surprised to read how the wife interpreted the cause of her husband's act...which was much different than was reported in the news at the time. This is a very good book, a spiritual journey for a family that has to face a terrible tragedy. I grew up in Lancaster Co. and am very familiar with the area and the Amish, so it was very interesting to read about the outpouring of love by the Amish for this family whose husband and father were responsible for the loss of their daughters. However, I was surprised to read how the wife interpreted the cause of her husband's act...which was much different than was reported in the news at the time. Did the wife just choose to not address this issue or was the media making up that story? I also would have been very interested in hearing how the family survived financially following this tragedy. She was a stay-at-home mom and was suddenly without a bread-winner. Maybe I'm just very practical. The absence of this information combined with the story of 4 major trips for the family, all expenses paid by was astounding. I also was shocked by the very quick romance and remarriage... But I really enjoyed hearing the story from the wife's perspective.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    “No matter how tragic your circumstances, your life is not a tragedy. It is a love story. And in your love story, when you think all the lights have gone out, one light still shines.” This book is Marie’s story in the aftermath of the horrific crime her husband committed on October 2, 2006. In a quiet Amish town in Pennsylvania, her husband, Charlie, barricaded himself and 9 Amish girls in the Nickel Mine schoolhouse, shooting all 9 children, killing 4, and then killing himself. She became a sing “No matter how tragic your circumstances, your life is not a tragedy. It is a love story. And in your love story, when you think all the lights have gone out, one light still shines.” This book is Marie’s story in the aftermath of the horrific crime her husband committed on October 2, 2006. In a quiet Amish town in Pennsylvania, her husband, Charlie, barricaded himself and 9 Amish girls in the Nickel Mine schoolhouse, shooting all 9 children, killing 4, and then killing himself. She became a single widowed mom of 3 children while left to deal with the aftermath in front of a whole world watching. This books is a profession of her faith in Christ and her utter dependence on Him to get through circumstances no one could begin to prepare for. Though I couldn’t relate to her story, I was amazed at her hope and an unshakable resolve through Christ as she faced each day after the shooting. She writes her story with the hope and the intention to share Christ’s love, his mercy and his grace that can be the one light to shine even in our darkest of circumstances.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Wow.. this was a great book! It is a true story and is written by the wife of the shooter of this tragic event in 2006 at an Amish schoolhouse. Marie thought she had it all in her happy marriage until one day her husband calls her to tell her he is in the one room Amish school house and has taken some girls hostage. It's a story where a community comes together. Marie is left with her 3 children and she tells her story and how God uses grace, forgiveness, and love in her time of tragedy. Marie n Wow.. this was a great book! It is a true story and is written by the wife of the shooter of this tragic event in 2006 at an Amish schoolhouse. Marie thought she had it all in her happy marriage until one day her husband calls her to tell her he is in the one room Amish school house and has taken some girls hostage. It's a story where a community comes together. Marie is left with her 3 children and she tells her story and how God uses grace, forgiveness, and love in her time of tragedy. Marie never lost her faith and she allowed her light to shine in the midst of her darkness. You will see how God worked in many lives. Very Inspiring!! I loved her quote... "God didn't fix the tragedy. He redeemed it!"

  20. 5 out of 5

    janet Murchison

    Incredible true story of how God redeemed a life and family crushed by tragedy and shame. I could hardly put the book down. From the moment Marie first knew her husband Charlie Roberts had done the unthinkable, she felt the presence and love of Jesus Christ. This is the he story of how she daily surrendered her life to him and he led her and her children out of the blackest and bleakest night. He redeemed every tear and brought joy again to them. There is no other way Marie's life could have reco Incredible true story of how God redeemed a life and family crushed by tragedy and shame. I could hardly put the book down. From the moment Marie first knew her husband Charlie Roberts had done the unthinkable, she felt the presence and love of Jesus Christ. This is the he story of how she daily surrendered her life to him and he led her and her children out of the blackest and bleakest night. He redeemed every tear and brought joy again to them. There is no other way Marie's life could have recovered. Also the forgiveness of the Amish families points surely to Jesus' Grace and love.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Dudenhofer Beery

    To be honest, I did not really enjoy this book and felt like it would never end. I was told by those who recommended it that "wow, she is SUCH a good Christian - I would never do what she did." The author intended the focus to be on the "Author" of her story, but it kind of got lost in how she shared her feelings. I didn't really how often she claimed the Lord physically SPOKE to her, though I suppose, it's not impossible. Someone going through a hard time might "enjoy" the book, reminding you how To be honest, I did not really enjoy this book and felt like it would never end. I was told by those who recommended it that "wow, she is SUCH a good Christian - I would never do what she did." The author intended the focus to be on the "Author" of her story, but it kind of got lost in how she shared her feelings. I didn't really how often she claimed the Lord physically SPOKE to her, though I suppose, it's not impossible. Someone going through a hard time might "enjoy" the book, reminding you how God can still make tragic circumstances turn out for good, but I wouldn't go out of my way to point the book out or recommend it. The background on the Amish shooting was interesting though.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    A few years ago I read "Forgiven: The Amish School Shooting, A Mother's Love, and a Story of Remarkable Grace" by Terri Roberts which I consider to be one of the most amazing books I've read. This book is written by the shooter's widow, Marie Roberts Monville, and how she got through life after this tragedy. Read both, the faith of these women is remarkable, as well as the grace they were shown by the Amish community after their son/husband commited such a horrible crime against them. These book A few years ago I read "Forgiven: The Amish School Shooting, A Mother's Love, and a Story of Remarkable Grace" by Terri Roberts which I consider to be one of the most amazing books I've read. This book is written by the shooter's widow, Marie Roberts Monville, and how she got through life after this tragedy. Read both, the faith of these women is remarkable, as well as the grace they were shown by the Amish community after their son/husband commited such a horrible crime against them. These books will lift you up and help you to see the power of forgiveness as well as being able to recognize God's light in your darkest moments.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Jensen

    Ms Monville shares her intimate account of marriage with her husband, the Amish schoolhouse shooter, and the aftermath of his actions. Her story focuses on the tender mercies, direction, and strength she received from God, and the many blessings she received on her journey. It is clearly written, and engaging, and full of fascinating small miracles, showing God's love for Marie throughout her trials.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Incredible story This is an incredible story of someone who went through one of the worst possible tradegies and never lost faith in God. While I am sure many will find fault with her and her words, it is only because you have never dreamed and believed that this earth was created by God. I truly can’t imagine how disappointed God must be as he looks down on the world today. This story comes in a time when we would should be turning to God and not away from him.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Angela Webster

    Very enlightening book about one of the nationally publicized shootings that I recalled very little about. Enjoyed learning about the Amish culture in that community, and I marveled at the faith Marie exercised in the aftermath of the tragedy. Loved the picture of hope and restoration she painted, and it was wonderful to hear how people far and wide (notably including the Amish victims' families) supported her and her family following the shooting. A very inspiring book!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Karah Jones

    This review is not fair as I didn’t finish the book. It was interesting but it was way too religious for me. I respect others views and I am usually more open minded but I didn’t want to waste my time. From what I did read, it was inspiring (for lack of a better word) to read about how the Amish community forgave her husband immediately. This would be a great quick read for anyone. I don’t know if I’d recommend it though.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Marie Monville could have become embittered, resentful, angry or hit rock-bottom depression, when her husband, Charlie Monville, mowed down several of their Amish neighbors' daughters. She did not. Neither did she try to capitalize, monetarily, on the sensational story. Instead, she sought comfort in Jesus. Throughout my journey through this memoire, I was reminded of my friend Beth Kahler, who enjoys a deep, positive spiritual experience with God. The story rings true!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I didn't know anything about Marie Roberts. I wouldn't have recognized her name. This is her story of what happened in her life following her husband's horrific shooting of Amish girls in their school room. It's an example of the truly miraculous things God can do when we are completely helpless and ask Him to intervene in our lives. This is a faith building book!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Stone

    Favorite bits Unanswerable questions can’t be carried with you for the rest of your life I needed to address them as best I could, bury them, and move on **our lives would no longer be the solid piece of glass we’d known. He was already picking up each broken piece and reassembling the fragments into a beautiful mosaic**

  30. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The story is indeed a love story, a love more perfect than any can behold on Earth. The details of God's protection were many, and this perfect little book shows us the variety of his tender loving care for each one of us. I want to thank God for showing so much of his protection, love, and his unending blessings he has in store for each of us. All praise be to God for this blessing.

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