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Murder by Family: The Incredible True Story of a Son's Treachery and a Father's Forgiveness [Hardcover]

By Kent Whitaker (Author)
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Item description for Murder by Family: The Incredible True Story of a Son's Treachery and a Father's Forgiveness by Kent Whitaker...

Recounts the murder of the author's wife and son by a gunman who was hired by his other son, an event that prompted a spiritually healing bond between the author and his son, who was sentenced to death for his part in the crime.

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This is the tragic story of Kent Whitaker's heart-wrenching journey toward forgiveness and faith after the brutal murder of his wife and one of his sons.

Straight from the headlines comes an incredible true story of a son's treachery. For the first time, readers are offered inside access to the emotional drama that went on behind the scenes. At the core is the remarkable healing power of forgiveness, demonstrated by Kent Whitaker, which shows how the survivors of such atrocious events can still forgive those who have permanently damaged their lives.

One evening, the Whitaker family returned home after dinner, celebrating a son's impending graduation from college. On opening the front door, they faced a gunman lying in wait. The gunman opened fire, instantly killing the younger sonand Kent's wife, leaving Kent and his older son lying wounded until police and ambulances arrived. While recovering in the hospital, Kent resolved in his heart to forgive whoever was responsible for the deaths of his wife and son.

Over the next few weeks, it was discovered that the whole murder plot had been orchestrated by the surviving son -- whom Kent had unknowingly forgiven. After a trial that resulted in a death sentence for his son, Kent emerged from this harrowing ordeal to share their astonishing journey toward forgiveness and redemption.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Howard Books
Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 2008
Publisher   Simon & Schuster
ISBN  1416578137  
ISBN13  9781416578130  

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More About Kent Whitaker

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kent Whitaker is an assistant professor at Idaho State University in the Physician Assistant Program. He was formerly an instructor of Respiratory Therapy at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Mr. Whitaker is a certified Physician's Assistant and holds a Masters in Education degree.

Kent Whitaker currently resides in Chattanooga.

Kent Whitaker has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Hometown Cookbook

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Filled with Heartbreak and faith  May 25, 2010
Imagine the horror as you have just witnessed the murder of half your family, this is author Kent Whitakers life, It's his story firsthand. In an instant his life was turned upside down.

There are two stories here, both equally interesting and compelling. The first story is that of a son who murders his mother and brother. The second story is about a fathers devotion to God and his son and unwavering faith.

The emotion of Whitaker's writing really draws the reader into the pain and devastation. Whitaker talks about his emotional state, in some cases his misdirected anger, his frustrations, his faith and devotion.

Whitaker talks about dealing with his son Bart. It's not immediately known that his son was the one who engineered the plot to kill his family. The police focus on Whitaker's son fairly early in the investigation which sends Whitaker deeper into emotional loss once he comes to the realization that the police were right. Whitaker takes time in the book to talk about what his son was feeling, what led him to this and how long this darkness had been going on for his son. Reflecting to see if there were any signs that he had missed. This was a tremendously reflective and introspective part of the book.

Whitaker talks about the trial that went on, what he was feeling. He speaks fondly of his friends that came to his aid during this trying time. Whitaker talks of Bart coming to Christ and ridding himself of some inner daemons.

When Whitakers life is crumbling around him it's his faith in God that pulls him through this unimaginable devastation. Whitaker's finds the ability to forgive his son through God in the face of others wondering why. Whitaker lost everything here, financial security, most of his family but he gets his son back from the darkness. Through all of this Whitaker demonstrates courage and conviction.

This is a heart breaking story from beginning to end. Whitakers writing style reflects the pain and anguish he must have felt at the time and probably still feels today. The reader feels everything that Whitaker is talking about. Before I read this story I would have never thought that words could describe this kind of unimaginable emotional loss and devastation and now I know that words can describe it, at least Kent Whitakers words can.
Too sad for words  May 18, 2010
I think if you are not a christian or have a strong faith this book will make no sense to you. I found the story slow in parts, but who am I to judge what this father went through. I think this is heart wrenching and left me so sad, even though Mr. Whitaker seemed to find God's grace with everything that happened. His faith is amazing. My prayers go out to him and to Bart his son, because he must have really been so lost to do what he did. It still does not take away that he killed his Mother and brother. He deserves a lifetime in jail. Read this if you have a need to restore your faith.
Waste of time and money  Jan 12, 2010
This book is absolutely awful. Although the story is absolutely tragic, the deaths of Bart's mother and brother get lost in the "spiritual journey" Kent embarks upon the moment after his wife and son are murdered. I find the author to be completely self absorded and can only wonder the upbringing Bart had. The reader is left wondering because the author fails to fully explain what happened in this mans life to lead to such tragic events. This book was a total waste of time and money and would never recommend it to anyone. Do not buy unless you feel the need to be preached at by a religious fanatic.
Book Review - Very Good  Sep 22, 2009
This book definitely kept me interested. I felt the way he felt. Didn't enjoy parts when he spoke about religion.
Christian struggle & forgiveness  Sep 8, 2009
I ordered this book expecting True Crime--gore, titillating photos, & all the lurid details of the murder. Instead, it was a thought-provoking book about how one father struggled to forgive his son for murdering his own mother & his brother. The author described the crime & the police investigation, but he also wrote of his efforts to understand why his son did it & of his reliance on his religion to survive the ordeal. I highly recommend this book for people who are interested in the after-effects of murder on surviving families.

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