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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
I recently received a copy of the audio book "The Other Side of Suffering: The Father of JonBenet Ramsey Tells the Story of His Journey from Grief to Grace". I was eager to listen and yet dreaded to share the emotion that I was sure this book would share. John Ramsey has suffered many losses. In 1992 he lost his oldest daughter; in 1996 he lost JonBenet; and in 2006 he lost his wife Patsy. While this book focuses on the death of JonBenet and the ensuing media circus and the bumbling police investigation (my words, not Mr. Ramsey’s), he also shares many family memories that I am sure brings him great comfort. Most of America has heard the JonBenet story as told by the media, but few know the true facts. I cannot imagine losing a child. For John Ramsey the loss was magnified by the unfounded accusations of the media and the police. The media had a field day with the death of Ramsey’s young daughter. They portrayed the family as exploiting the child by forcing her into beauty pageants. They accused John, Patsy and later, their son, of murder. The police botched the investigation by ignoring evidence and having tunnel vision. My heart goes out to Mr. Ramsey. The Ramsey’s turned to the Lord and Holy Scriptures in the midst of their anguish. I admire their bravery and their faith.
"The Other Side of Suffering" is read by John Ramsey. He does a superb job of controlling his emotions. I am not sure I could have. The story is told in a simple and easy manner. My only criticism is the repetition. Many times I had to check to see if I had accidentally rewound the CD. The repetition throws off the organization of this heartfelt story. Ramsey's shines through in every page of this amazing book. He clearly and boldly states events taking place around the tragedy. His purpose for writing this book was not for his own glory but to offer hope and encouragement to others. I hope this book helps to bring some peace and closure to the Ramsey family.