You hear the slogans : " Forgive and forget " , " Anger will just eat you alive " , " He ( or she ) isn't worth it " , " Get on with your life " But how can you " get on with your life " when the hurt you feel , the anger , the need for revenge burns a hole in your heart , not to mention your soul . in your very sense of being ? You may be told to forgive , but you don't want to , you don't feel you have to , you just can't ! Joan Mueller tells the story of Ann and Joe , your typical nice people who lead quiet , typical lives ... until the day a neighbour boy drunkenly drives over their six - year - old son , killing him instantly . Showing no remorse , the young driver posts bail and continues to drive near Ann and Joe's home , past the yard where Jimmy , their son , learned to catch a fly ball , past the kitchen door where Jimmy ran out to school , past his bedroom window where he dreamed dreams of a future that brutally was not to be . Joan Mueller follows Ann and Joe as they journey through grief , anger , outrage , resentment , and hopelessness to discipleship . faith , and forgiveness . This is not a pretty story , all tied up with little ribbons of meaningless piety . This is real . Simple answers fail . Friends leave . Scripture is read and searched as Ann and Joe find concrete , intensely personal help in the example and in the love of Jesus . In the last two chapters , practical steps for true Christian forgiveness are explained in clear , realistic terms . This book is for all the Anns and Joes in the world . This books is for you.