Gone in a Heartbeat

Our Daughters Died...Our Faith Endures

ISBN: 978-1-58997-548-4
Published by Focus on the Family & Tyndale House.



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“Get down, there’s a shooter out there!”

Before driving to church on December 9, 2007, with their four daughters, David and Marie Works hear a breaking news report about a shooting that occurred hours before—only 70 miles away. They have no way of knowing this story will soon be part of their own.

After staying late to talk with friends following the service, all six family members are finally piling back into their minivan when they hear gunshots. Suddenly a laid-back Sunday turns deadly serious. People run to avoid cross fire. Family members are separated in the chaos. A security guard subdues the shooter, but precious lives have already been lost: those of Stephanie and Rachel Works.

Gone in a Heartbeat is the story of two girls who had big plans for the future—world travelers who only wanted to make a difference with their lives. A story that shares a family’s grief, but also shares how their faith in God allowed them to forgive, to face each day, and to have hope for the future.

When tragedy strikes, will you be left standing?

First Chapter

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"The Prophecy" - PDF

German Edition:

Schüsse Nach dem Gottesdienst...Unsere Töchter Starben Unser Glauben Nicht
Brunnen Verlag, ISBN 978-3-7655-1472-2, 240 Seiten mit 16 farbigen Fotoseiten, Paperback

"Achtung - da draußen ist ein Amokläufer!"

Bevor sie am 9. Dezember 2007 mit ihren vier Töchtern zur Kirche fahren, hören David und Marie Works die topaktuelle Nachricht, dass Stunden zuvor eine Schießerei stattgefunden hat - in nur 70 Meilen Entfernung. Sie können nicht ahnen, dass dieses Ereignis bald Teil ihrer eigenen Geschichte sein wird. Nachdem sie nach dem Gottesdienst noch länger geblieben sind, um mit Freunden zu reden, steigen die sechs Familienmitglieder gerade wieder in ihr Auto, als sie Schüsse hören. Plötzlich wird aus einem entspannten Sonntag tödlicher Ernst. Menschen rennen, um dem Dauerfeuer zu entgehen. Familienmitglieder werden in dem Chaos voneinander getrennt. Ein Sicherheitsmann überwältigt schließlich den Schützen, aber kostbare Leben sind bereits ausgelöscht worden: Stephanie und Rachel Works sind tot. Was daraufhin in den Eltern der beiden vorgeht, kann man nur erahnen. Doch als sich herausstellt, dass die Eltern des Todesschützen ebenfalls verzweifelte Christen sind, bekommt die Geschichte noch eine weitere Dimension. Dieses Buch berichtet von der Trauer zweier Familien, aber auch von der Vergebungskraft ihres Glaubens.


What are the main points in "Gone In A Heartbeat"?

1. Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is,
seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.

2. There is richness, completeness and beauty in this present moment that God wants to show us.

3. Forgiveness is the path to seeing His Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.



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