Book Giveaway: Terror by Night

Terror by Night - by Terry Caffey and James H. Pence

Cover of Terror by Night

Last week, ABC TV launched a new true crime series titled Final Witness with the story of the Caffey family murders. The program was very well done, but there’s only so much of the story that they could fit into an hour-long program. The full story is told in the book, Terror by Night, which I co-authored with Terry Caffey.

Here’s a brief summary of Terry’s story:

On March 8, 2008, two young men entered the Caffey home in the middle of the night, shot Terry five times at point blank range, murdered his wife and two sons, and then set fire to the house. Terry managed to escape his burning home and crawl 400 yards to a neighbors for help.

In the emergency room, Terry learned that his sixteen-year-old daughter Erin had also survived the attack. However, it wasn’t long before tragedy struck a second time. Terry’s sister told him that Erin had been implicated in the murders and was now under arrest. In a few short hours, Terry had lost everything.

Although devastated by the loss of his family, Terry ultimately forgave Erin. He also forgave the two men who had killed his wife and sons and burned down his house.

Terry was devastated and in the ensuing months struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts. However, an amazing turn of events gave Terry renewed hope and strength.

About six weeks after the murders, he went back to his burned out house to look for things that survived the fire. He clung to anything that would help him remember his family. On past visits he’d found a frying pan, a belt buckle his children had given him for Christmas, a marble, and a Hot Wheels® car that had belonged to his youngest son.

On this day, Terry was crying out to God and saying, “Why did you take my family? Why didn’t you at least let me die with them. As he stood on the ashes of his house crying out to God, Terry saw a blackened, burned piece of paper leaning up against a tree trunk. He picked it up and began to read.

The page was from a novel titled Blind Sight. The novel told the story of a man who lost a wife and two children and who

Blind Sight by James H. Pence

Blind Sight cover

was struggling with God’s goodness in the face of his loss.

What’s so amazing about that?

If Terry had merely found a page from my novel, it wouldn’t be any more remarkable than finding a frying pan, belt buckle, or marble. But it wasn’t just any page.

The page that Terry found was the very page where my character came to grips with God’s sovereignty in the midst of his loss.

The first words that Terry saw were: “I couldn’t understand why you [God] would take my family and leave me to struggle along without them, but I do believe you’re sovereign. You’re in control.”

When Terry saw those words, he fell to his knees and began to weep. It was as if God had sent him a direct message: “Terry, I’m not going to explain what happened. But I’m here, and if you trust me, I’ll bring you through this.”

The finding of the “burned page” turned Terry’s life around and enabled him to go forward, even forgiving the people who brutally murdered his family and tried to kill him.

And now, as the late Paul Harvey used to say, you know the rest of the story.

The burned page from Blind Sight

The Burned Page

We’re giving away a copy of Terror by Night!  Please leave a comment below for your chance to win!

On July 13 at noon (EST), we’ll pick a name in a random drawing from all eligible entries received and send you an email notification if you are the winner!
Limit one (1) entry per person; NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and Washington D.C. who are 18 or older as of date of entry.

  • Alison Kinderfather

    Always interested in reading a good book about murder! Thanks for the chance to win this one. AK:)

  • Melanie Davis

    This was a very gripping story. I am inspired by the faith that Mr. Caffey had. A crash course in how to let go and let God….thank you!

  • Nancy French

    Cannot even imagine this!

  • Jordyn Redwood

    Me! Me! Me! I’d love to win this book.

  • jodybowden

    does the insanity ever end?!

  • Debbie Fairchild

    I can’t wait to read this book by my friend, Jim! I have seen Mr. Caffey interviewed and I am so amazed how he has forgiven and brought goodness out of a horrendous situation.

  • Wesley Kisor

    The story really touched our family. We got to meet Mr. Terry Caffey. We would really like to win a copy of the book maybe even autographed by him personally. May God bless you and your family as well as Mr. Caffey and his family.

  • Gina Brookshire

    This is a wonderful book about God’s amazing love and how he can bring us out of the darkest pit. It was the hardest book to read because Penny was my friend and to know the details of what she went through that night made it especially painful to read. Thank you both for writing this book! I gave my copy to a friend to read and never got it back, so it would be a blessing to get another copy.

  • Ruth Ashlock

    I saw the Final Witness episode and was truly amazed. The heartbreak of losing family AND then your one living daughter implicated in the murder. I cant wait to read the book!

  • http://Terror/by/Night Kaye Brison

    I saw the movie & I would love to win your book!!

  • kathy

    I love “blind sight”. It’s a wonderful book. I am sure this one is well written too. Hope I will win a copy of this as Tyndale House is no longer giving hardcopy of books for international blogger to review. Previously I received a review copy of “blind sight” from them.

  • Misty Locke

    This sounds like such an inspiring book on how to move thru the process of grief and understanding of Gods will. I can’t wait to read it!

  • Anita Brooks

    Whether I win the book or not, I will be reading it soon. The segment on ABC’s Final Witness wet my appetite for the entire story. Can’t wait to start reading.

  • Sue Goodman

    The Caffey story is one of heartbreak, and healing thought God’s unending Grace & love.

  • Kerry

    I am always humbled by real life testimony to God’s hand at work in someones life. Too often we never acknowledge or even notice how and when God is working…especially in something as heart breaking as this story sounds. I am unfamiliar with this story/event and would love to read it!

  • Lisa

    Wow, this sounds like an amazing book! I pray that the Lord can touch many hurting people through this testimony. I would love to read this. I am so saddened by this story, but so glad Terry found hope and renewed strength in the Lord!

  • j brooks

    I would love to read this book. I have children, teenagers and can not imagine this as I am sure they never dreamed of such a thing. Please choose me.

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  • Penny

    God will make this trial a blessing :)

  • Michael

    Man! Unbelievable! Only by God’s grace could someone forgive something like this. But then, God’s grace enables us to do the things we wouldn’t ordinarily be able to do.

  • Kim M.

    This one would be for me!!

  • Didi

    I am definitely going to look into getting this book!!!

  • Jamie Martin

    These are my favourite kind of books to read!

  • Yuna Katz

    I love these kind of books and this case intrigued me I would love to read this!

  • Jennie

    Love true crime books, would love to read this one!

  • heather

    Wow! Sounds like an amazing read!

  • Chrissy F.

    This story has captivated me since it happened. Living in East Texas it was a big story. I would love to win this and read it! I’ve watched the account on Final Witness and on another ABC news show, maybe 20/20 about a year or so ago. The love and forgiveness that Terry has just amazes me and sure does show what a wonderful person he is with a tender heart.

  • Sandy

    God’s redemptive power- incredible. Would love to read the book!

  • S.Wilder

    I would love to read this book..

  • Angela Waller

    So sad that this story had to be written!!

  • Lisa

    Would love to read this book.

  • Elisabeth McClella n

    That sounds amazing! Would love to read this book!

  • http://afewgrownmen dawnajo

    I have suffered so much loss recently that whether I win or not, I will be reading and sharing this book with the rest iof my family

  • Lisa Presley

    I would love to read this book.

  • Brandi Deno

    Id love to read this!