Forgiving The Dead Man Walking

By Debbie Morris

Forgiving the Dead Man Walking This is a powerful and heart retching true story of Debbie and her boyfriend Mark a young (Debbie was just sixteen at the time) Christian couple in Louisiana kidnapped by two men in 1980. It is brutal story of murder, repetitive rape, attempted murder and being held captive before Debbie finally was miraculously let free. This is a potent story of anger; pain, healing, forgiveness and the journey back to a relationship with God.

You may remember the movie Dead Man Walking that is an autobiographical account of Sister Helen Prejean – a catholic nun who corresponded with Elmo Sonnier (one of the convicted) and later went on visit him and become his spiritual adviser in the months leading up to his electrocution on death row. Sister Helen gained insight into the process involved in executions and began to speak out against this.

Debbie shares her story and in doing so challenges us about our own relationship not only with God but ourselves and with others. The story of forgiveness and how hard this journey can be is shared deeply within the book.

I have watched the movie (which I cried my whole way through) and read Debbie’s book and can see that despite the different messages in each both demonstrate the underlying message of how God’s view on life is so different to ours and how His heart breaks at the brokenness/evil in our world. The message of forgiveness being essential for us and the heart of God towards people – despite the evil that reigns in un-repentant hearts is potent across the two stories.

You can find a copy at amazon

I highly recommend reading this book (and watching the movie).

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