“Sweet Scent of Justice” by Debbie Wilson
This book is a true story of a murder of a young girl named Kathy, the author’s sister. In April 1981, Kathy, a Sophomore in college went out to be with some friends but never came home. Debbie was only seventeen when all this happened. Her family didn’t talk much about Kathy or what happened to her much after this day. They did however lean on the strength of God to get through it all. The twenty-two years later Debbie had this “nagging” feeling that she needed to look into her sister’s death. They had never found the killer and she felt God calling her to help find him. Through God’s leading and strength, they found her killer, twenty-six years later. Her journey didn’t end there, Debbie had to forgive him. If God can forgive our past sins, we need to forgive others. It wasn’t easy but after all these years she found the spot in her heart to give that forgiveness.
The day I go this book I thought, “I’ll just read a few pages and read the rest later”. I read those few pages and a few more and before I knew it I read the whole book in one day. The story captivates you, but mainly Debbie’s faith in God was what got a hold of my heart. I’ve lost a lot of loved ones in my life, some through natural deaths, others from accidents and others through suicide. I still struggle with what God wants from me through these deaths. I’m angry at some and deeply sadden by others. Through this book I am starting to find more healing. Debbie provides great Bible verses that helped her get through the tragedy her family went through and a lot of those verses have reach my heart and has caused me to turn to God again for healing. I can’t heal myself and I know true healing comes from Him.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has lost a loved one, who has been hurt by someone else or is just looking for answers to who God is and what He can do in our lives. Just a warning, it will make you cry and it will make you think about where your life is.
This was a very well written story. I know it had to have been hard for Debbie to open up and share, but like she said in the book, she felt God telling her to write it. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthen me.”
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