Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness

Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness

A deeply moving work of narrative nonfiction on the tragic shootings at the Mother Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina. On June 17, 2015, twelve members of the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina welcomed a young white man to their evening Bible study. He arrived with a pistol, 88 bullets, and hopes of starting a race war. Dylann A deeply moving work of narrative nonfiction on the tragic shootings at the Mother Emanuel AME church in Charleston, ...

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Title:Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness
Author:Jennifer Berry Hawes
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1250117763
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:309 pages pages

Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness Reviews

  • Dawn Michelle
    Jun 06, 2019
    I finished this book at 1:30am and spent the rest of the night [when I was not sleeping, which was a lot of the rest of the night] thinking about what to write in this review - to do this amazing book justice. To do the victims justice. To honor both the victims and the survivors. To i...
  • Gregory
    Jul 20, 2019
    By now, most people are familiar with the tragic church shooting which occurred in Charleston in 2015. Fewer are aware of what followed in the months and years afterward. Hawes does an excellent job of telling the story of several victims and the survivors here, as well as their famili...
  • Roxanne Hayes
    Jul 31, 2019
    A GREAT read. If you like non- fiction, it is an amazing story- told by a thoughtful reporter. If you like the thrill of a fast paced page-turner, this is also the book for you. Short concise chapters, this book shares the tragic but true story of the Charleston church massacre and the...
  • Barbara
    Aug 17, 2019
    This is a meticulously written, multi-faceted account of another one of our tragic,senseless massacres. Clearly, innocent, hardworking individuals, their families and the community have suffered from this. Much admiration goes out to this author for her sensitivity and endurance. ...
  • Mary Ann
    Jul 18, 2019
    This heartbreaking narrative non-fiction is thoroughly researched and sensitively told. It moved me to tears for the horrors & the unbearable pain of sin & it's ripples. Yet the truth of this story is a reminder of the hope offered in forgiveness from human to human as well as ...
  • Edward Sullivan
    Aug 18, 2019
    A profoundly moving account of the massacre at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina and portrait of life in the aftermath for survivors and loved ones of the vicitms. Hawses's narrative is notable for its depth, keen insight, and compassion. Ultimately, it is a powe...
  • Tom
    Jun 22, 2019
    Very well written account of this tragedy. Hawes brings the community to life and makes you feel their pain. She makes plain the damage that a crime like this inflicts on the community around it, with waves of horror spreading out from it. And it's not a narrowly Christian story; it...
  • Deborah Bluminberg
    Aug 30, 2019
    This was a tough read, even though I had followed the many news and magazine articles written about this mass murder. The insight and information about the victims, families and community members made this book memorable for me. I cannot fathom the amount of grace and forgiveness these...
  • Robin
    Jul 13, 2019
    A tough read, but very illuminating. We?ve gotten used to a routine in mass shootings. The event, the emergency response, the widespread media coverage, the funeral services, the vilification of the shooter, the deification of the victims, the moving on to the next tragedy. This book...
  • Joy Pope
    Mar 08, 2019
    Riveting and very thought-provoking. ...
  • Sue Larson
    Jul 29, 2019
    A beautifully written account of the horrific murder of nine people at a Bible Study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston and the courage, grit, and grace that it has taken for the survivors and the victim's families to carry on and ultimately find forgiveness for the murderer. Real and...
  • Ann
    Jul 18, 2019
    Hawes looks at the tragedy at Emanuel AME Church from all sides ? what happened; its impact on the families, church, city, state, and nation; details of the trial; insightful portrayals of all persons involved. Her aim was ?to convey the sheer scope of devastation that mass tragedi...
  • Gerald Truesdale
    Feb 03, 2019
    Jennifer Berry Hawes spent the time getting things perfect in this account, and her ability to give you a front row seat into this tragedy is chilling and exectued with literary perfection. Her sincerity, compassion, and delivery of these lives lost makes your heart open and want to he...
  • Tony Bartelme
    May 24, 2019
    From a gifted writer, this is an important and very human look at how we manage and mismanage the emotional trauma of these horrific shootings. ...
  • Nancy
    Apr 25, 2019
    It was about fifteen years ago that a stranger came to church and after worship service was directed to the young adult Sunday School class. He sat quietly during the discussion. Then he spoke up, asking what the church believed about a divisive social issue. There was a stunned silenc...
  • Nikol
    Jun 21, 2019
    An emotionally difficult book to read, but a necessary one. I remember exactly where I was when I initially heard about the shooting, and I don?t think I?ll ever forget it. A timely reminder that love is both grace and action. ...
  • Brandice
    Jun 22, 2019
    Given its subject, Grace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness was tough to read though very well-written. Devastating and terrible are the only words to describe what happened. I cannot fathom enduring what the victims and the...
  • Hillary Copsey
    Jul 11, 2019
    Journalists often produce the best nonfiction, and this is an example of that. Compassionate, incisive reporting. ...
  • David Doty
    Aug 11, 2019
    It seemed very ironic that just a couple of days after I started reading this book, there were two more mass shootings in America, one (at an El Paso Walmart) of which was clearly racially motivated, just like the massacre at the Emanuel AME in Charleston. Therefore, this book, which a...
  • Donna Hines
    Mar 22, 2019
    Devastating, heartbreaking, such senseless crimes we see today. Yet through it all we have reached out, held each other, comforted one another, and shown that evil will not be tolerated nor welcome. On 6-17-15 a young white man walked into Emmanual AME Church in S. Carolina to an eve...
  • Beata
    Jul 05, 2019
    When I read a review by my Friend Brandice, and saw 5 stars from my other Friend Susan, I decided to request this book from Overdrive despite being aware that this would not be an easy summer read. Another reason was that I happened to be in the USA when this tragedy occurred and follo...
  • Sarah Peters
    Jul 24, 2019
    Jennifer Berry Hawes crafted a masterpiece for her first book. This was a great read - nuanced, meticulously-researched and compelling. Throughout the book, Hawes paints the big picture and then fills in the nitty-gritty details that make the story so heart-wrenching. The racist vitrio...
  • Lindsey Poulos
    Jul 27, 2019
    So well done and insightful about all the goes on behind the scenes in a high-profile tragedy. The author gracefully and respectfully handled each individual story, while telling the truth...even when it was uncomfortable. Highly recommend. ...
  • HR-ML
    Sep 17, 2019
    A powerful & emotional read. 4.5 stars. 12 church members attended the Weds night Bible class @ the historically black Emanuel AME church in Charleston, S.C. A quiet, thin, white guy, Dylann Roof, joined them. Unknown to them he was a white supremist packing a Glock pis...
  • Susie Dixon
    Sep 02, 2019
    I don?t know how many times tears welled up in my eyes. I had a heaviness in my chest while listening and thinking of the horror and pain everyone experienced... victims, family members, church, community, and all those who lived the story from a distance. This book cannot be red...
  • Sharon Risher
    Mar 07, 2019
    Jennifer is such a gifted writer and story teller. Since, I?m mentioned in the book, I was overwhelmed of how she captured the true essence of who I am and how she showed the family members as regular people who had heart wrenching stories after such a tradgey. Great read! ...
  • Lisa
    Jun 21, 2019
    This book was unputdownable. It is at turns wrenching, inspiring, and perplexing. It illuminates the various ways that very human people respond to tragedy and grief, and raises plenty of questions about mental illness and why someone would ever commit an act of violence like this. Jen...
  • Dan Bynion
    Jul 09, 2019
    This book is a very well written ?rest of the story? that goes beyond the senseless shooting by a racist kid and the gracious act of forgiveness offered by the victims of Emmanuel AME church. It opened my eyes to some of the ways that victims and families suffer in the months and y...
  • Kathy Gardner-Jones
    Aug 02, 2019
    ?Through many dangers, toils, and snares, I have already come; ?Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home.? We each distinctly remember moments in our lives when the unthinkable happens. It is usually something so horrific that for at least a ...
  • David Gramley
    Aug 17, 2019
    A must read. I?m glad to have read this story. I?ve been to Charleston many times, and on our most recent trip, we walked by Mother Emanuel. I didn?t know this story at the time. The story is important. There is so much current discussion today about how gun control, mental healt...