Eighteen-year-old Keith Blackburn was trying to steal Misty Wright’s car. In the process, he shot her through the head and left her for dead. Keith was apprehended and charged with attempted murder. He denied everything, but was convicted and sentenced to twenty-one years in prison.
Misty survived the shooting, but was consumed by fear, hate, and vengeance. Keith turned his life around and was released after nine years behind bars. Eighteen years after the shooting, Misty contacted Keith and forgave him.
Keith has earned a Master of Divinity degree, is a Chaplain in the Indiana prison system, and is pastor of a church with an outreach to ex-cons. Misty is Indiana Regional Coordinator of a large restorative justice ministry that works with people who are incarcerated. The two of them have become friends and travel together around the country speaking about their downfall and redemption.
If you’d like to listen to their testimony via radio, you can listen in on this site.
First of all, wow. Just wow. While this isn’t the normal format I’m used to in reading books, I really enjoyed the “back and forth” on each chapter between Misty’s journey through this tragedy and Keith’s journey through this tragedy. It was so refreshing to read something so honest, transparent and authentic. Both individuals share the ups and downs of what happened to them not only after the shooting, but even in childhood, as to make connections to how they processed this event in their lives. The story is compelling, engaging and one can’t help but be drawn in to the emotions experienced, the victories gained and the friendship that was ultimately formed from this tragedy. It was simply amazing.
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