Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Letting Go

We are reading this book for Book Club this month.  It is incredible.  In case you don’t know the story at all, here is a summary.  Chris Williams and his wife Michelle had 4 children and she was pregnant with #5.  They went out for dinner one night with 3 of their 4 children and as they were coming home they were hit by a teenage boy who had been drinking.  Michelle, their unborn child and 2 children were killed that night.  Chris and their son Sam were injured. 

We knew the Williams’, not well, but they were in our first ward after we were married. I remember watching Michelle and hoping I could be the kind of Mom she was someday.  They were a family we hoped to model ours after.

This story is such an incredible illustration of the Atonement and what we can do when we rely on the Savior.  Chris acknowledges he is nothing and it’s only through the power of the Savior that he has been able to be strong and not only forgive, but show great compassion and love to help this boy overcome his problems.

There is much sadness when reading about the accident and the death of this cute family, but it is absolutely an amazing and uplifting read.  It is life changing.  If you have the opportunity I would highly recommend it.

Here is a Mormon message about Chris Williams' story: