Set Free : Discover Forgiveness Amidst Murder and Betrayal
Overview - "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. Read more...
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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 was sent to death row. Stephen and Gaile did not see each other for decades, but through an amazing series of life transformations and revelations about the tragic event, God opened a door for both of them to be set free -- one from a prison of unforgiveness, the other from a literal prison cell.
While the events surrounding Gaile Owens' release made national headlines and have stirred widespread fascination, Set Free
far exceeds the experience and expectations of a modern true crime story, proving to be much more about God as the loving author of true forgiveness.
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Gaile Owens hired a hit man to murder her husband and was sentenced to death in Tennessee. Her son Stephen spent a good part of his life estranged from her and refusing to participate in the effort to get her sentence commuted. The murder left the adult Stephen a tormented man, trying to cope with its effects on his life: his marriage, his children, his employment, his relationships. Stephen's Christian convictions slowly come to ally him with the secular world of lawyers and journalists trying to help his mother. This tale of ultimate mercy is very slow in developing. A few lucky relationships with influential people in Tennessee help save Gaile's life. "Forgiveness is not merely an isolated action; it is a continuous attitude," the author concludes. This book will appeal to people of faith looking for a story of redemption. (Oct.)