I have been honoured to read and review A Killer’s Grace by Ronald Chapman as part of the WOW! Women on Writing book tour.
Ronald Chapman’s book A Killer’s Grace will definitely make you ponder some very deep questions and leave you thinking about the book long after you finish it.
Through the investigation of journalist Kevin Pitcairn, we are taken on a journey as he explores the ideas of innocence, guilt, evil, loss, redemption, forgiveness, resiliency, compassion, grace.
Pitcairn has a very dark past and we learn early of his early addictions and of a murder he committed and escaped conviction for, for which he still has nightmares. A letter from Davidson, a convicted murderer on death row, leads him on an investigation and we follow him as he interviews the families of Davidson’s victims and priests, trying to unravel his own past and uncover truths that need to be unearthed.
Walking in the desert and journaling in his notebook are both powerful tools that restore him. Talking with his two AA sponsors and the priests also help him make sense of what he is learning about Davidson, his own nightmares, his past and the victims and their families.
It is a book full of loving descriptions of the beauty of the southwest and of the interesting characters that inhabit this book – from Pitcairn himself, to Maria Elena, his girlfriend, to Clint, his first sponsor.
There is also much wisdom offered:
– from Clint:
“Fix the insides and the outside will follow.”
“Every day really is a day in paradise. Treat it as such.”
From Father Tony:
“God only needs you to be available.”
“Every action matters. Beneath it is meaning that matters even more.”
“Feel, deal and heal.”
“Usefulness is priceless.”
I recommend this book – for its wisdom, its cast of interesting characters and the uncomfortable journey Pitcairn takes us on. It is a book that grabs you and makes you think.
A Killer’s Grace will stay with you long after you finish reading the final page. From the high desert of New Mexico comes a tale of mystery, murder and redemption. When journalist Kevin Pitcairn receives a disturbing letter from a serial killer, he is drawn into a compelling journey with profound psychological and spiritual implications, not just for the murderer, but for himself and society as a whole. As he tries to investigate and then tell the story, he finds himself battling his own inner demons and sordid history. Events conspire to propel an isolated matter to a national stage and audiences that are increasingly hostile. Forced to explore the roots of human psychology and sanity, Pitcairn must navigate moral and philosophical realms. What is the nature of evil? What powers of choice do humans actually possess? How may we be redeemed? And in the end, how do we reconcile with ourselves?
“…a work of fiction, it was inspired by a real letter from a serial killer…important and compelling… will stay with you long after the last page.”
—Kam Aures, reviewer for Rebecca’s Reads
“A Killer’s Grace delves deep into the human psyche… Those who have experienced abuse or violence in their own lives will not only relate to the story, but may find their own self-discovery journey unfolding alongside Kevin’s.”
—Paula Renaye, author, Living the Life You Love: The No-Nonsense Guide to Total Transformation
Paperback: 240 Pages
Publisher: Terra Nova Books; 2 edition (September 1, 2016)
A Killer’s Grace is available at Amazon
About the Author:
Ronald Chapman is owner of an international speaking and consulting company, Magnetic North LLC. In addition to international accreditation as a speaker and national awards for radio commentary, he is the author of two novels, My Name is Wonder (Terra Nova Publishing, 2016) and A Killer’s Grace (Terra Nova Publishing, 2016 and 2012), two works of non-fiction, Seeing True: Ninety Contemplations in Ninety Days (Ozark Mountain Publishing, 2008) and What a Wonderful World: Seeing Through New Eyes (Page Free Publishing, 2004) and the producer of three audio sets, Seeing True: The Way of Spirit (Ozark Mountain Publishing, 2016, 2005), Breathing, Releasing and Breaking Through: Practices for Seeing True (Ozark Mountain Publishing, 2015), and Seeing True – The Way of Success in Leadership (Magnetic North Audio, 2005). Ron provides a wide array of social media content atwww.SeeingTrue.com, content for people in substance abuse recovery atwww.ProgressiveRecovery.org, and other content from his master site,www.RonaldChapman.com. He holds a Masters in Social Welfare from The University at Albany (New York.) Prior to his relocation to Atlanta, Georgia in 2008, he was a long-time resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Ronald can be found online at:
Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPXehqvLBqc
A Killer’s Grace Goodreads:
Ron Chapman Websites:
http://www.RonaldChapman.com/ for other information from the author.
http://www.SeeingTrue.com/ for ongoing social media content including blogs, v-logs, graphical materials, etc.
http://www.ProgressiveRecovery.com/ for materials relevant to those in recovery from substance abuse.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/seeingtrue/