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What people are saying
I had the opportunity to not only view "The Final Gift" but also to hear Therese tell her story and read her book "Coffee Shop God" during our recent conference. I was overwhelmed. After over 25 years of law enforcement one can become cynical and jaded. This experience restored my hope that there is a role for the criminal justice system to be a healing and restorative tool for those who have been victimized." ~
Captain Millard Shepherd, Forsyth County(NC) Sheriff s Office
ease of relating with such plain
spun honesty, undeniable zeal for life, humor and creativity
delivered such a powerful, meaningful message.
Hope is such a valuable commodity, and it’s clear that
has it in spades.”
~ Rick Spreitzer, Clinical Counselor for
nuvia Prevention and Recovery Center
"After she spoke at our on-
campus event people were contacting me to express that they couldn’t get her story out of their
minds, that they wanted to learn more and become involved with restorative justice, and that her ability to share her story was not only brave, but inspirational and allowed others to begin their own journeys of healing and understanding." ~
Carrie Buist, PhD, Department of Sociology and Criminology, UNC Wilmington
“Showing “The Final Gift” and reading “Coffee Shop God” was a sobering experience for the juveniles in detention. The
youth were easily able to relate to the Bartholomew family and process their own feelings of victimization. Clients were also able to identify how their offenses have influenced the community as a whole, effects on the victims and families, as well as themselves and their own family. The film and book have inspired the youth and staff to take a more therapeutic approach to incarceration in hopes decreasing recidivism and reh
abilitating juvenile offenders.”
Samantha Coleman CSAC, Substance Abuse Counselor Durham Youth Home
As a law enforcement officer for over 25 years, it is rare that I have seen anything positive come out of tragedies. As I
watched Therese’s journey, I understood the intense healing she received from meeting his killer, and her choice to forgive
him. My goal for life after retirement was to do something totally outside of dealing with people in any kind of
he impact of the film was so heavy… so much that I actually could see myself an advocate and facilitator for Restorative Justice.”
Sgt. Lori Ray, Durham Police Department Crisis Intervention, Victim Services Unit
"Therese chose to use personal adversity to affect positive change in individuals and in the larger community. Her genuineness cannot be overlooked and will serve as inspiration for those far and near."
~ John P. Comer, Communities United
Therese Bartholomew's gutsy journey after her brother's violent murder, from the depths of anger and despair to her decision to become an outspoken advocate for restorative, rather than retributive, justice is truly inspiring. Her memoir, Coffee Shop God, and her film, "The Final Gift", are incredible testimonies to the transformative healing power of forgiveness. Therese is a treasure. Her book and film should be required reading in every criminal justice program and facility in the country!"
~ Melanie G. Snyder, author, Grace Goes to Prison: An Inspiring Story of Hope and Humanity
"'The Final Gift' is not the least bit final in that its teaching will live on in your audience members. I know it will in me."
~ Sandra C. Sussman, Prison Teaching Initiative
Princeton University’s Pace Center for Civic Engagement
“This story truly does add the word HOPE to a person’s vocabulary.”
~ Lauren, Wild Goose Festival attendee