“This is the book I was hoping Dianne could write in 2010 when the first edition was published. Hearing from her husband, her daughter, and the man who murdered her son in this edition helps us to see how we process grief in different ways. The facilitation material at the end is also an excellent addition. A deeply personal, powerful book for hurting people.”
—Judith Lingenfelter, Biola University Faculty Emerita
“If your adult child were murdered, could you ever forgive the killer? Is that really what God would have you do? Could you grow to experience God’s love and forgiveness yourself in such a way that you then could actually face your son’s killer, see his need for God’s love, and forgive him?
God did just that in Dianne and Glenn Collard’s lives. I Choose to Forgive tells their remarkable, heart-stirring story. As you read their story, I know you will find help to forgive and release those whose lives have hurt and traumatized you. And, in the process, God will give you new freedom yourself.”
—Byron Spradlin, president, Artists in Christian Testimony Intl, Brentwood, Tennessee
“As a father, I can’t quite imagine how I would forgive a person who murdered my children. I would likely be overcome by rage and suffocated by grief. And I would need to hear others share their stories, to show me how the impossible might become possible in the face of a nightmarish tragedy. That’s of course the beautiful gift of this book: a story of Dianne’s encounter with God’s extraordinary grace that enables her to do the impossible: to forgive and in that gift of forgiveness to know freedom and joy.”
—W. David O. Taylor, Fuller Theological Seminary