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Set Free: A Story of Peace Found Through Forgiveness

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“Gaile Owens is my mother. I am her son. Please do not take this from me. There is no justice in taking her life. There is no justice in denying the healing power of forgiveness.”

Stephen Owens was 12 years old in 1985 when he discovered his father at home badly beaten and near death. Evidence proved Stephen’s mom, Gaile, had hired a hit man to carry out the murder, and she
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by B&H Books
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David  Schroeder
Full disclosure, I'm working on this book. But I must say that when it comes out this fall, it is an incredibly dramatic story of forgiveness that is a must for any person to read. I have some galleys available if any of you would like to read it prior to October 1. Thanks!
Jeff Valluzzi
A sad story, but the writing was not very good. This book suffers from a lack of "show, don't tell". I felt like the author was holding a lot of stuff back, including his emotions.

The pacing felt off, and events and phrases were repeated often. There were lots of cliches, which usually point to an inexperienced author.

By far the last few pages were the strongest, but they alone weren't enough to make this book worth reading.
Paul Lunger
"Set Free: A Story of Peace Found Through Forgiveness" is the true story of Stephen Owens mother who was convicted & sentenced to death for the murder of her husband. Eventually through the appeals process & a lot of patience she would eventually find her own freedom. The book itself is a story of perseverance & determination as Stephen works on learning just how to forgive his mother for what she did & also how that new bond that he had with her helped once she got released. Wit ...more
I was given a copy of the book for the purpose of review.

Set Free is a story about the life of Stephen Owens. This is a moving story about his need to forgive and be forgiven. Stephen Owens has lived a nightmare that many of us will never have the experience of. But there will be some who can fully understand and relate. Gaile Owens, Stephens' mother, was incarcerated most of his life and hers. Gaile says she had an abusive marriage and also was cheated on. She had tried to leave the marriage bu
Set Free: A Story of Peace Found Through Forgiveness
Stephen Owens

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through Goodreads' First Reads Giveaway program in exchange for my unbiased and honest review.

You can read the back of a book to get a general idea of the plot that lies between the covers. But until you open the book and start reading on page one, you don't truly know. This one caught me totally off guard. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but what I got was a lot more than I barg
Sandrea Igess
I thought the book was awesome, there is a little bit of everything in Set Free: A Story of Peace Found Through Forgiveness. This book had me emotionally involved from cover to cover. I am glad Goodreads gave me the opportunity to read it. In the story I was horrified that Gail felt she had no choice but to hire someone to rid her life of her husband. To make matters worse the oldest baby discovered his dad. I can understand how a child can be torn between the love they have for both parents whe ...more
Lauren Kimberly
I got this book about a week and a half or so ago. I liked the book, but it was not one of my favorites. It is a story that you would most likely see on Nightline or 20 20. I think older people (adults 30's, 40's, and 50's) would like this book more than the younger generation. If you like stories like those on Nightline then you'll like this book. Otherwise, if you don't like 20 20 or Nightline then don't bother with this book because it won't be the book for you. I would also like to add that ...more
Ellen Moore
This was an interesting account of a man whose mother had hired someone to kill his father when the man was a boy. His mother was in prison on death row, and his father was dead. This is the story of his faith struggle as he tries to forgive his mother and establish a relationship with her. He visits her in prison and becomes involved in her attorneys' fight to save her from execution. He also has to explain to his 2 sons the situation in his family and help them develop a relationship with thei ...more
I won this book from Goodreads and suffice to say, I would have never picked it up if I saw it at a store. I mostly stick to my fantasy novels, so reading about a woman who hired someone to kill her husband was quite the experience. I surprisingly liked this book. A lot. I learned a lot about people, and the prison system, about endurance and forgiveness. It's not an easy book to read (emotionally), but it's worth it.
Nicole Long
I won an advanced copy of this book through a giveaway on Goodreads. I found it to be very moving and thought provoking. While I realize this was not the main focus, I want to say I don't believe in the death penalty, and her travesty of a court case and subsequent appeals are a clear reason why. I found both Steven and Failed to be strong in ways I am not sure I am. Excellent lesson for everyone on forgiveness.
Cithara Patra
A very powerful book about one son's struggle to forgive his mother for a heinous crime. It goes through so many loops and twists and ultimately comes to an incredible. Chapters are very easy to read and understand and it makes you feel like you understand what's going on. Truly incredible story about forgiveness.
Kt, Kt
I really enjoyed this book and it's author's willingness to share his struggles in the path to reconciliation with his mother. I felt like the message of forgiveness was very relevant. I found myself often wondering why there was no more information about Brian but it is Stephen's journey not Brian's.
Kristen Krcma
Candid & Sincere
The candor was open and unpretentious. I felt several “bursts of emotion” as the author might call them and found myself wanting to dwell longer in them, but the book clipped along adding to the theme of not lingering in the past and moving forward through forgiveness.
In this true story Stephen expresses-through his religious beliefs-coping with the murder of his father, arranged by his mother. And the years his mom lived in a prison's death row until the time of her miraculous parole. I get it...
A very powerful book about one son's struggle to forgive his mother for a heinous crime.I liked the book, but it was not one of my favorites. It is a story that you would most likely see on Nightline or 20 20.
A moving story of forgiveness that manages to be touching instead of not handled very well.
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