|Amish schoolhouse shooter’s wife releases memoir on seventh anniversary of tragedy|
|Written by Jeremy Burns|
|Thursday, 03 October 2013 09:00 AM EDT|
A lone gunman entered an Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pa., shot 10 schoolgirls, and then turned the gun on himself Oct. 2, 2006. Seven years later, Oct. 1, Marie Monville—former wife of the shooter—released her memoir about the horrific massacre that gripped the nation and devastated a community.
Monville’s book, One Light Still Shines: My Life Beyond the Shadow of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting (Zondervan), has garnered national media attention in the build-up to its release. Nightline, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, CNN and The Washington Post have all covered her story, while she has been interviewed by Piers Morgan, Katie Couric, The 700 Club and People magazine.
“In less than 24 hours, I’ve heard from others that my story has meant something to them and changed the way they look at their own lives,” Monville said shortly after the book’s release. “For people to respond to this story in a positive way helps me to further believe that God is continuing to shine His light into the darkness of this world. I am just one example of how we can find peace and hope in the most tragic of circumstances when we allow His grace to fill our lives.”
Despite the tragic circumstances surrounding the book’s inception, One Light Still Shines is a not a story of sorrow and destruction, but one of compassion, forgiveness and redemption. It focuses on Monville’s emotional and spiritual journey in the seven years since the massacre, as well as the love and forgiveness of God—a redemptive love she illustrates as being available to everyone.