A Father Speaks of a Legacy Left Behind
On June 17, another Father’s Day will come and go, without my son. And yet, there is another focus as well. My beautiful daughter and her family. The millions reached in the work of TKF, named in honor of my son. The audience reading these words now.
And also the offering I bring to you.
On this Father’s Day, a gift to give another: the newly published book “From Murder to Forgiveness; a Father’s Journey.” Already having sold 30,000 copies in its previous incarnation in 1998, the original was an award-winning book, with some calling it a page-turner they could finish in one sitting.
Excerpt: “By working as a force for good in Tariq’s name, I want Tony to meet Tariq again. And this time, rather than meeting in a street of death and grief, I want them to bond: the soul of one departed and the soul of one still here, moving together in harmony and righteousness. When that happens, my journey from murder to forgiveness will be complete.”
Now it has resurfaced – updated by Balboa Press, a subsidiary of Hay House – with an added chapter on my meeting with the murderer of my son.
Excerpt: Once at the prison, the process of going through the very high fences with barbed wire on the top was scary for me. I don’t know how many gates we had to go through to finally get to a room where Ples and Tony were already seated. There were little coffee tables around, and others in the room were visiting with prisoners. As soon as I walked in, Ples raised his hand. I walked over to them and hugged Ples, as we always do, and then shook hands with Tony before we all sat down.
Written before I met Tony, the new version carries the full, heart-warming story of our gathering. From my fears of being face to face with him, to the reaching out to him in forgiveness.
Excerpt: [Tony] wrote a letter to me in August of 2006 where he said, “I guess the fact that I still struggle with these issues is a good sign that I’m at least doing some of the work to better myself.”
Azim N. Khamisa
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