I had no idea who has just hit us, and my mind didn't think to consider if they were all right or not, or what circumstances might have caused them to cross the median and strike us. I simply looked at the car in silence. Then I heard a voice that was not my own in my mind as clearly as if it had come from someone seated next to me. It was straightforward and filled with power, and the voice said, "Let it go!"
On a cold February night in 2007, a devoted father of four and a seventeen-year-old drunk driver both received life sentences. In one violent, devastating instant, both faced a drastically different—and uncertain—future. But as Chris Williams sat in his demolished vehicle, staring at the car that had just caused the death of his wife, his unborn baby, his nine-year-old daughter, and his eleven-year-old son, he committed to do something extraordinary: he would forgive.
That decision launched Chris on a journey toward healing that affected his family and friends, the young man who caused the accident, and an entire community—a community that would face another deadly tragedy just a few days later.
Chris's message of forgiveness is an empowering invitation to all who have suffered, however unjustly, to lay down their burdens and let it go.
PRAISE FOR LET IT GO
"A beautiful story of pain, loss, and triumph from the heart of a remarkable, faithful man. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to heal their soul and mend the unmendable."
—Dr. Stephen R. Covey, #1 bestselling author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
"One of the most powerful true stories of forgiveness, redemption, and love that I have ever read!"
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This is such an amazing and heart-felt book. Chris shares his tragic story and how he forgave the man responsible for killing his family. His spiritual insights throughout his trials have helped me greatly. Highly recommend this book!
I just finished reading Let it Go: A True Story of Tragedy and Forgiveness by the very man who experienced that horrific event. I was impressed with Chris at the time that the story broke. After reading his memoir and the reasoning behind his actions, I am inspired at his humility. Chris didn’t forgive the young man because he had some great ability to forgive, but because he was aware of who he was and that he was also a sinner. He had no right to hold a grudge against anyone because forgiveness was not his to extend.
“I the Lord will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive all men.”
It was a privilege for me to read about Chris’s path to healing and I’m so grateful that he was able to share his experiences with me...
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I was taken back by the amount of forgiveness and love Chris showed. I struggled with forgiving someone dear to me who hurt me, but after reading this book I realize how silly I was and how I could have done it differently and gotten a very different outcome. What an amazing man and what a life changing example!!