Choosing Mercy by Antoinette Bosco
A Mother of Murder Victims Pleads to End the Death Penalty

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Antoinette Bosco's heart was crushed when Shadow Clark murdered her son John and his wife Nancy. In time her grief transformed into forgiveness. Toni felt that to want one more unnatural death would be wrong. "I could say that the 18-year -old who ended the lives of my children with an 8mm semiautomatic must be punished for life but I could not say, kill this killer". Toni chose mercy over vengeance, and again her life changed forever.

Today she is widely known as an opponent of capital punishment in this the only modern Western nation that retains executions. In telling her dramatic journey she presents compelling arguments why the death penalty does not work and is morally wrong. She also shares unforgettable true stories form parents such as Dominick Dunne who suffered through similar experiences but also learned to choose love over fear.

Choosing Mercy is timely, gut-honest, and inspiring. It may not change some people's minds but it will begin to change their hearts.


About Antoinette Bosco

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Antoinette Bosco, prize-winning journalist, is a syndicated columnist for National Catholic News Service and a freelance writer with more than 200 magazine articles, thousands of newspaper stories, and ten books to her credit. Ms. Bosco also served as executive editor of the Litchfield County Times in Connecticut from 1981 to 1995. Two of her books, The Pummeled Heart and Choosing Mercy, have received a publishing trifecta: the Christopher Award, the Catholic Press Award, and the Pax Christi Award. Toni has won numerous Catholic Press Awards for her journalism and is a popular speaker nationwide.
Published March 1, 2001 by Orbis Books. 239 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Her advocacy increased when she went public as a writer and speaker willing to uphold the seditious view that "unnatural death is an evil, no matter whose hand stops the breath," and she includes here an appendix of books and organizations that argue against the death penalty.

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In place of solving problems through state sanctioned violence, Bosco advocates the countercultural stance of Jesus who "spoke firmly and consistently about our need to forgive, of overcoming evil with good, and of putting away the sword so that we would not perish from weapons of destruction."

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