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A story that hit a small town in Ohio that we only see on a Life Time Movie; it can happen to a well know Christian family. But when it does how do we find forgiveness and recover from the shock, shame and the blame?
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THROUGH-LINE: re·demp·tion: the action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil. Atonement for guilt. Every character seeks redemption on some level, fighting his/her own war for survival in a world that seeks to destroy hope, love and humanness.
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