“Face to Face” by Kirk Blackard

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Face to Face: Our Story of Crime, Repentance, and ForgivenessFace to Face: Our Story of Crime, Repentance, and Forgiveness by Kirk Blackard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book has a simple dedication, and within those few, simple words, the authors convey the purpose of the pages they have carefully crafted: “for all those who have experienced the consequences of crime and are working to restore peace in their lives and the world.”

When a publicist contacted me about reviewing this title, I did not need to know much about it – the premise of the work was all I needed to know. What would I be looking at? A tale of crime and loss. A tale of forgiveness and redemption. A tale of moving forward and moving upward. A tale worth reading and sharing with others. The story of Keith and Misty started decades ago, when (spoiler alert) Keith shot Misty in the head and left her to die in a Burger King parking lot.

Let that sink in for a moment. Lying there, the world going dark…in a Burger King parking lot. It feels pretty grimm, dire, and discouraging. That, however, is only the opening salvo this book offers to fire. Rather, this book is a tale of hope, promise, and a future. Where fiction would twist up false tales and conclude with that fateful night, this book instead starts with the dismal and works forward, upward and onward, from there. This book takes the captive audience and gives readers a modern story to follow along with and experience a healing and redemption that only the Messiah can offer.

I don’t want to give out all the juicy details or tell the story when you should be reading the book yourself, so I’ll spare any more spoiling moments and redirect you to the book for more details. Instead, let me tell you this: Kirk Blackard heard their tale and transformed the series of conferences into a book that everyone can experience, and he did well. The writing of the book is elegant and imaginative, helping readers leave their chair (or bed, etc.) to be transported into the lives of both Misty and Keith, before, during, and after that fateful night. While all books endeavor to accomplish this, in the nonfiction arena, it is rather rare to find one that succeeds, and this one meets the criteria.

So check it out, take a look, and find that not only was someone able to forgive their own attempted murder, but that the pains we all carry are not nearly as devastating as that, and can be forgiven as well.

Disclosure: I have received a reviewer copy and/or payment in exchange for an honest review of the product mentioned in this post.

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