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- Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
- Format: Paperback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 162mm x 233mm x 25mm | 467g
- Publication date: 30 September 2009
- Publication City/Country: Carol Stream
- ISBN 10: 1414334761
- ISBN 13: 9781414334769
- Edition: 1
- Sales rank: 313,499
At 3:00 a.m. on March 1, 2008, Terry Caffey awoke to find his daughter's boyfriend standing in his bedroom with a gun. An instant later the teen opened fire, killing Terry's wife, his two sons, and wounding him 12 times, before setting the house ablaze. Terry fell into deep depression and planned to kill himself, but God intervened. Upon visiting his burned-out property, Terry noticed a scorched scrap of paper from one of his wife's books leaning against a tree trunk. The page read: "[God, ] I couldn't understand why You would take my family and leave me behind to struggle along without them. And I guess I still don't totally understand that part of it. But I do believe that You're sovereign; You're in control." That page was like a direct message from God, and it turned Terry's life around. Now, one year later, Terry is remarried, the adoptive father of two young sons, and working to rebuild his relationship with his 17-year-old daughter, who is currently serving two life sentences in a Texas state penitentiary for her involvement in the crimes. "Terror by Night" tells the compelling story of how Terry Caffey found peace after his wife and sons were brutally murdered and his teenage daughter implicated in the crime. Sharing never-before-told details about the night of the crime and subsequent murder trial, it explains how Terry was able to forgive the men who murdered his family, and how he even interceded with the prosecutors on their behalf. A powerful example of how the power of forgiveness can bring healing after tragedy and great loss, it shows how God can bring good out of even the darkest tragedies.
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In one evening, Terry Caffey lost everything. His wife, Penny, and his sons, Matthew and Tyler, were brutally murdered; his home was burned to the ground, and his sixteen-year-old daughter, Erin, was in jail, charged with three counts of capital murder. In one year's time, God would restore it all. At 3:00 a.m. on March 1, 2008, Terry Caffey awoke to find his daughter's former boyfriend standing in the bedroom doorway with a gun. An instant later the teen opened fire, killing Terry's wife and wounding Terry six times. As he slipped toward unconsciousness, Terry heard his son crying upstairs. More gunfire followed. Moments later he felt the searing heat of his burning house. Terry knew it was too late to save his family, but he had one thing to do before he died. He fought to stay awake and escaped the burning house through a bathroom window. As he stumbled and crawled four hundred yards through pitch darkness, Terry asked God to keep him alive long enough to identify the killers, and then to let him die. God allowed Terry to identify the murderer, but He didn't let Terry die. What happened next is nothing short of miraculous. Terror by Night is the emotionally gripping story of a daughter's ultimate betrayal, a father's unfathomable forgiveness, and a miraculous discovery that would restore one man's faith, spare two young lives, and restore peace to a small Texas town.
As I sat there gasping for breath, I turned my attention to my house. Even through the thick woods, I could still see the glow of the fire. As I watched the sparks and smoke soaring over the trees toward heaven, a wave of despair washed over me. My throat thickened, and tears filled my eyes, blurring what little vision I had. They're gone. Penny, Erin, Matthew, and Tyler were dead, and no effort on my part would bring them back. What am I going to do without them? Oh, God, what am I going to do? I didn't understand any of what was happening, but most of all I couldn't understand why God had turned his back on us and allowed this. Finally the porch light came on, and my next-door neighbor, Tommy, opened the door. "Oh, my God. Helen, come quick!" Tommy came out and bent down to talk to me. "What happened?" "We need help," I said. "Charlie came and shot us all." "What about Penny and the kids?" he asked. A tidal wave of grief swept me away. "They're all dead." Then God intervened.