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What useful lessons can one possibly learn from 'the evil men do'?

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     Have your ever done something you feel guilty about – maybe something that eats at you long term or even causes serious problems in your life?  You are NOT alone, although you may often feel that you are. Today’s guest, Ronald Chapman, and I have both been down those paths, survived them and turned to careers that give us the privilege of helping others find their way past those slippery and sometimes even treacherous slopes.  Chapman is an author, speaker, former commentator on WUNM radio, and facilitator of approaches that increase well-being-ness and produce breakthroughs when practiced deeply and in a sustained fashion.  He does a masterful and very engaging job of showing the complex streams of fate that affect so many of us, even in very unexpected places – like among those people that seem to ‘have it all together’ as well as drunks and convicted killers. He is an engaging, humorous, totally delightful-to-interview teacher of wisdom.

             In his novel ‘A Killer’s Grace’ which was inspired by actual events, Chapman  tells the story of Kevin Pitcairn, a journalist who receives a letter from a serial killer awaiting execution that comes with implications he can’t ignore.    As he tries to determine and tell the killer’s true story, Pitcairn plunges deeper into the pit his own demons have created and trapped him in. His journalist’s curiosity becomes a compulsion as events bind him tighter and tighter, propelling him  to explore events in an even wider world. Murder, mystery, and redemption shape Pitcairn’s struggle to answer the moral questions left festering by the killer’s horrible crimes: What is the nature of evil? What choices do any of us truly have? How can we reconcile with our most painful wounds and the people who have inflicted them?

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