Monday, September 30, 2013



Described as a Conservative Christian and family man, Charles Carl Roberts IV, 32, was married and a father of three. He was a milk delivery person from Bart township. On October 2, 2006 he entered a one-room Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, took 10 girls hostage, shot them killing five of them before taking his own life as police stormed into the school by breaking through the window. A pregnant woman, three parents with infants, and all fifteen male students were told to leave the school by Roberts.

A news report in the aftermath of the incident claimed he had been planning the attacks for a week and had brought along a 9 mm handgun, a 12 gauge shotgun, a rifle, a bag of black powder, two knives, tools, a stun gun, 600 rounds of ammunition, KY sexual lubricant, wire and plastic ties. The wire and plastic items presumably to be used for securing the victims, and KY jelly apparently to sexually assault the girls. Perhaps anticipating a long siege, he also brought a change of clothing.

According to reports, Roberts phoned his wife from within the school house before he murdered the children. Ironically, his wife was said to be leading a prayer group at the time that was organized to pray for school children in their community.

When Marie Roberts Monville learned that her husband was the Nickel Mines Amish schoolhouse shooter, she was shattered and thought her life was over. What she never anticipated was a life-changing encounter with God reaching deep into her circumstances and rewriting all she believed about herself and her faith.

Recounting her ordeal for the first time, Marie shares a heartbreaking story of a woman whose husband murdered innocent children and who through her pain and suffering embraced the love and mercy of God. The Amish community after the incident put emphasis on forgiveness and reconciliation. An Amish neighbor visited the Roberts' home the same night of the incident and offered forgiveness to the family. Judgment is in God's hands: `Judge not, that ye be not judged.'

One Light Still Shines: My Life Beyond the Shadow of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting by Marie Monville, and collaborated by Cindy Lambert, is a tragic tale that evoked deep emotions worldwide. But that is not the end... It is also a beautiful story of redemption. In the book Marie shares how her pain and helplessness to deal with the situation has been replaced by hope and redemption.

One Light Still Shines is a three-in-one love stories:
-a devoted wife's innocent love for a husband in pain,
-the unfathomable mercy and love of God in the aftermath of massacre and destruction,
-and the redemptive love of Christ, waiting to unfold in the life of every person who reads this book.

Marie's journey since that darkest of days has been invaded with light which shines through these pages into the darkest questions we all face - questions about our past, our value, our identity, and own powerlessness in this fallen world. Come face to face with the Power behind every answer - a love that begs to be received.

One Light Still Shines is a story that has forever changed a community. It can change yours too!

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Zondervan
Release Date: September 30, 2013             GO TO AMAZON REVIEW PAGE
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310336759
ISBN-13: 978-0310336754

MARIE MONVILLE, is a life-time resident of the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area. Today, Marie is remarried to Dan Monville, and their blended family is a testament to the healing kindness of God. Marie speaks nationwide as she and Dan continue to raise their five children in the Lancaster, PA area.

CINDY LAMBERT, a freelance writer and editor, is a veteran of the bookselling industry. For nearly two decades she owned an award-winning bookstore before expanding into leadership roles in distribution, editorial, and publishing in such companies as Ingram, Simon & Schuster, and Zondervan, where she served as vice president and associate publisher. As a speaker Cindy has addressed audiences in publishing and bookselling conferences as well as churches and retreats. She and her husband, Dave, have six children and eight grandchildren, and live in Michigan.

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