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Redemption by Stacey Lannert and Kristen Kemp December 1, 2011

Filed under: Life's Musings — Angie S. @ 6:51 am

On July 5th, 1990, Stacey Lannert shot and killed her father who had been abusing her sexually since she was 7.  Missouri state law, a disbelieving prosecutor, and Stacey’s own fragile psyche conspired against her: she was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Redemption is Stacey’s candid memoir of what happened after she found herself in prison for life.  It is an extraordinary account of Stacey’s will to live a positive-even triumphant- life, and ultimately, the healing power of forgiveness.

After spending as many years in prison as she had out of it, on January 10th, 2009 outgoing Missouri governor, Matt Blunt, commuted Stacey’s life sentence.  Six days later, she walked out of the prison gates a free woman.  Redemption is the story of how Stacey became a free woman while still inside those gates.

Redemption starts out as the story of an idyllic family that seems to have everything.  Quickly, it turns into something ugly as Tom, Stacey’s father starts coming home drunk every night.  A sickening, disturbing memoir, Redemption is Stacey’s attempt to free herself finally from the secret she kept for so long.  Please stop by my book blog By Book or By Crook for the full review.

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