Do you remember the horrific news story back in 2006 about the milkman
who went into an Amish school house and shot 10 little girls, killing 5 of them?
He then turned the gun on himself.
The "milkman's wife" refused all interviews and news stories.
She would allow no cameras around her 3 children and totally avoided the media.
Good for her!
Then she decided this year that she could see some good in telling her story,
so she wrote a book and it was released 10 days ago, on the 7th anniversary of the shooting.
I just finished reading it last night. It's uplifting, how the author realized she still had
the choice to believe in God, and how there could be joy after darkness.
However, I also have some issues how she told her story.
I'm certain it was very difficult to relive this through writing,
but I think in her trying so hard to focus on the good, I found some parts of her story unrealistic.
According to her book they had a nearly perfect marriage.
Her husband "the shooter" was a wonderful father, always. A very good husband too,
except she says he had become somewhat distant the years before the shooting.
She said, "Charlie had bouts of lingering sadness, but they always passed."
She claims she had no idea he was as sick as he was. I believe it's true that she may not have known,
however, I have a difficult time believing that he was such a wonderful and loving person
to his children, and then suddenly one day he can go out, tie up 10 little girls, and shoot them.
I can't fathom a person capable of changing that much, and that quickly.
If life worked that way, we wouldn't be able to trust anyone.
But having said that, it is a very amazing story. Not only that she could find happiness after tragedy...
It's also an incredible story of how the Amish community including the families of the 10 girls
who were shot by her husband, rallied around her,
prayed for her, and did acts of service for her and her family,
I also found some interesting differences between her beliefs and mine.
She finds great comfort and knowledge through reading her Bible often, and I can relate to that.
But she makes the comment in her book that she did not appreciate the load of
"self-help-through-tragedy" books so many had given to her.
She wrote, "I was thankful for the overflow of support,
but my problems were not going to be solved by any book other than the Word of God."
I believe, and know from my own life, that often times we hear the word of God through others.
We can get answers to prayers by many, many different means.
I admire Marie Roberts Monville.
The common thread throughout her book teaches to look for blessings in every day,
because they are surely there, even after horrible life forever changing tragedies.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck interviewing the author, Marie Roberts Monville