Our good friend Jeanne Bishop joins us via Crowdcast to discuss her new book, Grace from the Rubble: Two Fathers' Road to Reconciliation After the Oklahoma City Bombing, the heart-stirring story of how the father of a young woman killed in the Oklahoma City bombing forged an unlikely friendship with the father of her killer, Timothy McVeigh. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. You can do that HERE!
In what was to become the deadliest attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor, the Oklahoma City bombing was one in a long line of violent attacks that have left communities across the nation searching for healing and hope. With the soaring message of the power of love to conquer evil, Grace from the Rubble tells the intertwining stories of four captivating individuals: Julie Welch, a young professional full of promise, and Tim McVeigh, the troubled mind behind a horrific event; Bud Welch, a father whose only daughter (Julie) was murdered, and Bill McVeigh, the father of her killer.
With searing details by first-hand witnesses, including the Governor of Oklahoma, Jeanne Bishop describes the suspenseful scenes leading up to that fateful day and the dramatic events afterward as one father buried his daughter and the other saw his only son arrested and tried for mass murder.
Vivid and haunting, this true story is rich with memories and beautiful descriptions of the nation's heartland, a place of grit and love for neighbors and family. Bishop tells how murder affected her own family and led her to meet Bud and, ultimately, how she learned to see humanity amid inhuman violence.
"This is a beautiful story of the tragedies wrought by murder and the death penalty, and the opportunities for reconciliation in their aftermath. Moving and instructive." -- SCOTT TUROW, attorney; author, Presumed Innocent & The Last Trial
"Grace from the Rubble delivers a searing and much needed reminder that we can move past cycles of hatred if only we find the courage to choose, in spite of everything, to witness the living God in our least likely neighbors." --SISTER HELEN PREJEAN, author, Dead Man Walking
About the Author: Jeanne Bishop is a public defender, law reform advocate, and writer whose work has appeared in publications including CNN.com, Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Sojourners, The Christian Century, law journals, and academic books. She lives on Chicago's North Shore with her two sons. Connect with Jeanne at jeannebishop.com or on Twitter at @jeannebishop.
"Readers should have tissues at hand before beginning Bishop's affecting story. This incredible and empathetic story is a testament to the powers of forgiveness, fellowship, and redemption." -- Publishers Weekly Starred Review