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Let It Go: A True Story of Tragedy and Forgiveness

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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 eleven-year-o ...more
Hardcover, 151 pages
Published August 2012 by Shadow Mountain (first published January 1st 2012)
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Loni Spendlove
How can someone forgive completely at the apex of a excruciating tragedy? In the moment he realized that his wife and two of his four children were gone after a drunk driver crashed into their car, Chris Williams heard a command to "Let it Go!". Williams' story does not focus on his supernatural ability to forgive, but on how willing he was to let Christ bear his burdens. Heads up: If you are going to read this book, grab a box of Kleenex! This was such a personal and moving message that will ca ...more
Erika B. (Snogging on Sunday Books)
"No, this sound was coming from right where I sat, not from my throat, but from deep inside my body. I was the one making that horrific sound-that sound of excruciating anguish and pain, of a body and a spirit being crushed. I opened my eyes and turned to look out the driver's side window. I saw the car that had just hit us resting upside down on it's roof about fifty feet uphill from my car. The horrific sound ceased as did the voices outside the car; there was suddenly an immense peace and sil ...more
Cathi
Because I had seen the Mormon.org video about Chris Williams several years ago and because I heard him speak at Time Out For Women this fall, I really wanted to read his book. I'm very grateful that I did. Of course, this book is difficult to read at times, because of the incredible tragedy that the Williams family endured. But I loved Brother Williams' candid realism, sense of humor, and optimism, even as he tells about heart-breaking situations and emotions. Also, the book's overall message of ...more
Linda
Dec 20, 2012 Linda added it
I couldn't feel justified in rating this book. In very personal grief memoirs such as this one, it is the author's opportunity and privilege to share his meaning making without being rated. It is the readers' privilege to sift through and choose those things which add to their own search for meaning. Many thanks to the author for sharing and adding to my quest for meaning.
A. R.
I was interested in this story but a little apprehensive to read the book. I was afraid it was going to be 1. a great tearfest (it was) and 2, guilt inducing. I mean seriously, this man lost his wife, unborn child, and a son and daughter in a tragic accident...how could my measly troubles even compare? I was so pleased to find I was wrong on the second count.

Yes, there was a feeling as I began to read his account that my life is a cake walk. But the more I read the less I felt that way. His stor
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Lori
This one was a tear jerker! I found that Williams way of "letting it go" applies to all aspects of life not just the big ones - like loosing your family to a drunk driver. I found his insight very thought provoking and was in awe of his ability to remain true to his committment that he made just minutes after the accident. I loved his perspective of the Atonement and it really brought a new level of understanding for me. It is a very abstract topic but one that affects our lives in ways that I a ...more
Virginia
Name: Let it Go: A True Story of Tragedy & Forgiveness
Author: Chris Williams
ISBN: 9781609071271
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Deseret Book Company
Publication/Expected Publication: July 30, 2012

If you are not a Christian, this book will probably not interest you. The author is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. When tragedy strikes his family (in the form of a drunk driving accident), he depends on his faith in God to see him through those trying times.

It was hard for me to
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Stacey
For some reason I had a hard time reading this book. It didn't take me long to get through (its very short), along with being incredibly sad it just didn't seem very cohesive. At many times his thoughts seemed very scattered. And because he was constantly phasing in and out of past events to relate to the main story it was difficult to go back and forth. Granted, I understand that he is not a writer. It just seems like the publishing company would have provided a good editor to assist him in mak ...more
Annie
I don’t know if there is a word to accurately describe the enormity of this slim book. It’s heart-wrenching and personal, a horrific tragedy that becomes astoundingly uplifting and incredibly inspirational. I would recommend this to anyone with a problem, anyone going through a tough time. The events Chris Williams experienced, and the decisions he made as a result of them, are humbling to say the least.
Chris Williams is a happily married father of four children, with one on the way. One Friday
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Beth
A sad yet hopeful, beautiful story: a man loses his pregnant wife and two of his children in a car accident but immediately (like, while still at the crash site) forgives the teenaged drunk driver who caused it. At first I didn't know how I would feel about that -- it doesn't seem a reasonable reaction -- but I came to really appreciate and admire his perspective. If there was something I learned from Chris Williams' story, it is that forgiveness is both a gift and a choice: a gift in that it co ...more
Staci
Read this for book club and boy was I hesitant! Perhaps I wasn't in the right mindset but it reminded me an awful lot of the movie "Signs". Tragic event happens and then the author goes back over everything that prepared him for that event.
It was encouraging and yet almost overwhelming. I tried to read passages to my husband and we discussed how my mother reacted to my dad being killed in a motorcycle accident when I was 5. She did not pass along angry feelings about the man who hit my dad. She
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Mindy
So many good points in this book, and things I can apply in my own life. Moving forward through trials, "pull up" when despair starts to set in...forgiveness and happiness in life are possible no matter what. I'm glad I read this book.
Lisa Nelson
No rating for this one. My friend Linda just finished this book. She decided not to rate the book because of the tragic and personal nature of the book. I decided to follow suit and leave it unrated as well.

The author's wife, son, daughter and unborn baby died in a horrific car crash caused by a drunk driver. The author goes through a personal journey of working through the event and previous events in his life and comes to grips with forgiveness in a powerful and inspiring way. There is much t
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Megan
Mar 15, 2014 Megan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Megan by: Time Out for Women/Deseret Book
This book is the true story of a man who had his life completely turned over when a drunk driver hit his car and killed his pregnant wife and two of their children (Chris and one other child were in the car, but were not killed). At the very moment of the accident, before he could even perceive how bad it would be for him, he heard/felt these words, "Let It Go." This became his mantra as he worked to put his life back together, to grieve the loss of his wife and children, and to take care of his ...more
Mary Lou
A great book for healing. Puts life into perspective. Makes you realize your blessings.

My favorite quotes in the book:
"you can't always appreciate why you should keep moving forward until you've gone far enough to turn around and see the progress you've made"

As the years passed and our family grew, we became less interested in moving into something larger and more interested in being debt free. The feeling of freedom from debt that we experienced was great, but it felt even more wonderful being
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Lisa Jennings
Very well written, I couldn't put the book down. I am honored to have known Chris from previous employment and so when I read this book, I could see the genuine Chris I knew. My heart aches for the pain he has endured. It's an amazing story of forgiveness and faith, and although, we don't share the same religious beliefs, I know he was guided and inspired... it gives me hope.
Rebecca
It was inspiring for me to read about Chris Williams' decision to follow the Savior's promptings to handle a family tragedy in a way that blessed not only his own family, but also blessed the young man whose drunk driving caused the horrific accident that killed Williams' wife and three children.
Mturney1010
A remarkable story that gave me the desire to forgive and a become closer to my savior. This book doesn't focus on the pain Chris Williams felt as he lost his family but on the sacred, spiritual moments he was granted as he faced this tragedy.
Warren
I can't imagine how difficult it would be to be able to so completely forgive another for such a devastating action. I was touched by the story and how it helped me to try to be more forgiving.
Cinnapatty
This was a very interesting book. I had already seen the Mormon Message that relates to the book. It is an extremely powerful message. Viscerally powerful. Reading this book on the heels of the Global Mom book was too much for me though. I would not recommend reading them back to back. Two tragedies in a row? My heart couldn't take it.

If you've never felt the real power of the Atonement in your life, you will have a hard time believing Chris' feelings. The power of the Savior's Atonement is one
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Sharon
what a wonderful book. Forgiveness at the highest. A lesson. for everyone. Holding on the hats is so harmful to your soul and body. I recommend this book.
Tamra
Wow! Just, WOW. A book about the healing power of forgiveness . . . I could easily forgive (no pun intended) his writing style - or lack thereof - due to the fact, HE'S NOT A WRITER but, s survivor. The one complaint I have (which probably shouldn't be coming from an active LDS gal) . . . I just decided to leave it out . . . How's that? Everyone receives spiritual guidance and help from the "Other Side of the Vail" differently and listens differently and hears differently.
I would seriously re
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Heather
I was in tears for most of this book. So powerful, and faith enriching. I loved this book.
Cynthia
Such an amazing story of forgiveness. This story will stay with me.
Hyrum
To rise from such devastation as losing the majority of your family in a single instance is inspirational. To be able to forgive so quickly does not come so easily to most. I found the experience to be excruciatingly profound. I have respect for the Author for overcoming and being the better. I did, however, struggle finishing the book as I felt the same point was driven over and over again. I understand faith played a huge role with the forgiveness process, but I felt as if the point was being ...more
Heidi
July's RS book group choice. I liked the book. I got the most out of his message, and I like how he relayed it and the things that he learned. I liked that the author read the audio. I liked that I'm familiar with the part of UT that he refers to--it's right around where I work! An admirable man with an admirable family--all of them real people who have trials and struggles. And he shared a few of those to help us. He is a good example of forgiveness and healing, and truly accessing the power of ...more
Josie Lies
Amazing, what can u give to The Lord?
Lu
I thought I'd love it. Didn't!
Cyndi
An amazing example of someone who not only talks about faith, forgiveness and love but actually lives his religion. Everything Chris Williams has professed is put to the test when a drunk driver wipes out half his family plus an unborn child in a moment of stupidity. Chris chooses to forgive, to not seek revenge but to see the offender as Christ would and extend not only forgiveness, but love for he and his family. Reading his story makes me feel small and petty for wanting to hold a grudge agai ...more
Sal4gal
I listened to the Audible version.

A friend recommended this book and I am so glad that I listened. He tells the story with honesty and also the raw pain that anyone would feel. My heart was just torn apart by the pain that he suffered yet he chose to forgive and thus lose that additional hatred that could have ruined him. Most of us would have both the grief and the hatred that would eat at our souls. I hope that I can remember the lessons that were taught in this book. Thank you Mr. Williams!
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Chris Williams was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah.

After graduating from the University of Utah, he went to work as an IT architect and systems engineer. He is now an executive with IBM.

He and his family currently reside in Salt Lake City.
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