Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Terror by Night: The True Story of the Brutal Texas Murder that Destroyed a Family, by Terry Caffey
My rating: 5.0/5.0
Terror By Night is an amazing story of how one man lived through a viscious attack on his family and not only survived but slowly learned to love and live again and serve God in the process.
After what happens on that horrible March night, Terry Caffey has every right to be bitter and he is, but the real story in this book is how he comes to terms with his life and his loss. The brutality of his family's murders is horrible and the only part of the book I had trouble with, though it is not discussed in detail. I just felt so much for this man and the loss he endured. But the book turns uplifting as Terry struggles to find his place. While he never loses his belief in God, he does question God, which would be natural in this circumstance. But the turn-around in his life due to a chance encounter with a page from a novel given to his wife by author James H. Pence, is nothing short of miraculous.
The book is with Terry every step of the way from the weeks leading up to the murder through the year following and his growth and journey.
It's thought-provoking, awe-inspiring and just plain inspirational to read. I am very sorry for all that Terry has been through, I can't even imagine losing my family. But I am glad he lived and got a chance to share his amazing journey. I wish him well in all he does.
I also read co-author James H. Pence's book Blind Sight a few weeks ago which was the book from which Terry found the page from. It is a wonderful book too and it was really interesting knowing how this book affected Terry Caffey's life.
I highly recommend both books. They are both honest and very readable. They aren't preachy, just straight-forward. Both books involve men trying to make sense of their lives, one fictional and one non-fiction. I am glad I got a chance to read both.
I received a copy of this book for review from Kathy Carlton-Willis Communications.