Author: Jackie Carpenter
Publisher: Xulon Press
ISBN: 9781615796854

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Psalm 91: 15 (NIV)

He will call upon me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble,

I will deliver him and honor him.

The Backstory:

June 28, 2008 is a date none of them will ever forget – neither the Veitch nor the Carpenter families of Georgia.  There is also the family of the man who was accidentally killed.  Jason Veitch, a home builder, was the victim of multiple copper thefts over the last several weeks in the homes he was building.  While the police were unable to help him, he received advice from a deputy sheriff which would prove ill-advised.  As Jason was waiting, attempting to catch the thieves in the act, a van with three men inside pulled up.  Jason called both 911 and his father-in-law. 

When his father-in-law arrives before the police, he gets out of his vehicle, and directs the men in the van to do the same.  Jason fires a “warning” shot from his shotgun to make everyone aware that he is also there, as he moves out of his hiding place in the wooded area next to the home, and towards the men and his father-in-law.  While two of the three men get on the ground and place their hands behind their heads, the third one, who doesn't understand English, refuses to do as told, and attempts to get back up.  Jason poked the at the man using the shotgun, and the shotgun went off.  Before the ambulance could arrive, the man was rushed to the hospital by Veitch's father-in-law, and he died at the hospital.

Veitch is ultimately charged with felony murder, three counts of aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony.

Jackie Carpenter's Story:

She's a wife to Larry,  a grandmother to J. J. , and a mother to Jason and his older brother.  When she and her husband, Larry, received a phone call from her father in the early hours of Saturday morning, June 28, 2008, she knew the news couldn't be good.  Around 7am she heard from her hysterical daughter-in-law that Jason had been arrested, taken to jail, and charged with felony murder.  The man who had been shot was dead.

Jackie's world was instantly turned upside down.  Her story is an unbelievable one which takes the reader on her journey from the lowest of lows, with her son in jail being charged with felony murder, to the highest of highs – when he is acquitted on April 16, 2009.

The reader know from the very beginning that Jason is acquitted, so this isn't a story about Jason's trial.  It isn't a story about how the legal system doesn't always work as you would expect it to.  It isn't even really a story about family – unless you're talking about God's family. 

This is Jackie's story about the 10 months of hell she endured as the mother of the accused, that pain she'll never forget, and the heartbreak of not being able to help your child.  Jackie's story begins when she comes across a book about the 91st Psalm in a drugstore.  Jackie says she died that night – the night after her son's preliminary hearing.  She writes “The resurrected Jackie was now living 'under the shadow of the wings of the almighty'” (p. 33).

Her story describes prayer chains down the east coast of the United States.  It describes how, when confronted with one-sided news articles, she was able to turn to God's book for comfort, when she wasn't allowed to speak out, on the advice of attorneys.  How, when her son's charges go from one charge to five so quickly, she continues to trust in the Lord.  That when her son chooses to risk his freedom by requesting a jury trial, with a potential sentence of 30 years, instead of a bench trial, with a maximum of 5 years, she was able to gain a peace beyond understanding.  It tells how she literally tore the pages out of her Bible for the strength those pages held when in the palm of her hand.  And, lastly it describes how her son's murder trial turned into a trial of faith as well.

This is a good, inspirational story.  Jackie Carpenter is not a well-written author , and the story rambles at times.  But testimonies do that.  They go off track, they leave out some details, and they don't always flow right.  However, you can absolutely see the conviction in her heart that God's love and grace alone brought her through this difficult time.  And that she simply wants to share her miracle with you.  She is able to do that.

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