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Season 2, Episode 19: How do I Forgive? "Murder by Family" by Kent Whitaker

Season #2 Episode #19

Being with family should be the safest place in the world. For many, tragically, it isn’t. Mark Sowersby survived childhood sexual abuse by someone he should have been able to trust. I’ve chatted before with Mark and the first thing I noticed about him was that he just radiates joy. I’ve asked him to share his incredibly compelling story with us, and to also talk a bit about some related issues from this week’s book. The author of “Murder By Family”, Kent Whitaker, is a victim himself. We usually hear about parents who are the abusers, but in this case it was the child abusing the parents' trust in him, which eventually led to murder.

What would you do if you found out that a family member wore a mask that made it seem like everything was alright, then you found out that behind the mask was someone committing horrifically evil acts? Both Mark and Kent had a choice to make. They knew God would give them the strength to forgive if they wanted it. But did they really want it?

 

Check out these links for great resources related to today’s episode:

Learn more about the My Stuff Bags Foundation

Advice on how to forgive an abuser

Buy "Murder By Family"

Mark's website

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