Friday, March 25, 2016
Rising Above To Heal Within
Close your eyes. Picture the face of the person you love most in all this world. Now, imagine they are horrifically tortured and murdered in the bedroom and living room of your home while you are beaten to near unconsciousness and tied up in the basement. Then, think about how you would feel if that was not only ONE person you loved and adored, but rather THREE. Finally, thank God that none of it is true for you personally. The same can not be said for Bill Petit.
The Rising: Murder, Heartbreak, and the Power of Human Resilience in an American Town by Ryan D'Agostino tells Bill Petit's story from beginning to end in a way that allows the reader to connect with many of the individuals involved. Specifically, I enjoyed the chapters that focused on Jennifer, Hayley, and Michaela. That section really honored their memory in a special way by pulling stories from family members and friends.
The book shares some pretty intense scenes from the night of the brutal crime that took their lives as well as from the trials of the two murderers. Definitely had my emotions running high and stomach completely turned at times. I just can't fathom such senseless acts. My mind truly can't process it. I have so much admiration for the sole survivor - Bill Petit - as he fought through both his physical and emotional pain to honor the memory of his wife and daughters. And to continue to live a life they would have wanted for him. That sheer resilience and strong will is not easy when death comes naturally to people you love, but in this situation it is a true miracle of God that Bill wasn't completely crushed and defeated forever. The book shares in great detail his struggle to live in the days, weeks, months, and years after that horrendous night. That was another true bright spot in the book. Everyday we make choices about how to live our lives. Bill Petit does the same.
I was particularly intrigued by the Petit Family Foundation that Bill began with funds that he received in the aftermath of the tragedy. The Foundation serves to honor the memory of Jennifer, Hayley, and Michaela as well as recognize the charities and events that were close to their hearts during their short time on Earth. I was quite impressed with the impact the Foundation continues to make in their community today. A wonderful legacy for three seemingly fabulous women.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. If you would like to learn more about the book or purchase a copy of your own, click HERE. I learned so much from reading the story of the Petit family. I would recommend the book to anyone with an interest in psychology, human resilience, and the power of community.