How do you find the strength to forgive in the midst of unthinkable grief? With compassion for all who have been touched by tragedy, Grace from the Rubble tells the heart-stirring true story of found forgiveness, lasting hope, and the unlikely friendship of two fathers on opposite sides of tragedy.
In what was to become the deadliest attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing left a community searching for healing and hope.
Grace from the Rubble tells the intertwining stories of four individuals: Julie Welch, a young professional full of promise whose life was cut short by the bombing; Bud Welch, Julie's father; Tim McVeigh, the troubled mind behind the horrific attack; and Bill McVeigh, the father of the bomber.
With searing details by firsthand witnesses, including the former governor of Oklahoma, masterful storyteller Jeanne Bishop describes the suspenseful scenes leading up to that fateful day and the dramatic events that unfolded afterward as one father buried his only daughter and the other saw his only son arrested, tried, and executed for mass murder.
Grace from the Rubble will teach you about:
The importance of sharing your storyThe unlikely connections that can stem from heartbreakThe life-changing impact of forgiveness
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 families. Bishop shares the ways in which the bombing affected her own family and led her to meet Bud and, ultimately, how she learned to see humanity amid inhuman violence.
Praise for Grace from the Rubble:
"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
"Some say that love is the most powerful force in the world. I would suggest it's forgiveness. And the astonishing and beautifully told story of two fathers drawn together by unimaginable tragedy shows how the process of forgiveness happens step by grace-filled step."
--James Martin, author, Jesus: A Pilgrimage and My Life with the Saints
Bishop (Change of Heart), a public defender and human rights advocate, delivers the heartrending story of an unlikely friendship forged in the aftermath of the 1995 Oklahoma City domestic terrorist bombing. Bishop who was raised in Oklahoma City, has a journalism degree, and is the sister of a murder victim has followed the case closely. She brings sensitized, respectful attention to the story of Bud Welch, whose 23-year-old daughter, Julie, died in the bombing. Welch sought out another father: Bill McVeigh, father of Timothy McVeigh, the man who drove the truck bomb. Bishop underscores what the two fathers had in common: both had strong Catholic faith, and both lost a child as a result of the bombing. The author traces the influences on the two men and their children, who all grew up in a state where tornados, a history of land struggles, and church community were all mainstays of life, and then recounts the bombing and its emotional and legal aftermath, including the 1998 meeting of the men that led to their friendship. 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.