It was the early morning hours of November 8, 1966 as a young mother attempted to calm her drunken husband. Despite her best efforts, he exploded in anger, slapping, punching, and then kicking her. Unable to move, Josephine Blackwell lay bleeding, dazed, and stunned, unaware that the worst was yet to come. As her three children cowered in fear, Josephine’s husband shot her, rendering her without an arm and clinically dead for over twenty minutes where she ultimately encountered Jesus in heaven. Unfortunately, this was only the first of three divine encounters as Josephine and her children endured continued violence and abuse over three decades.
In a raw and emotional retelling, Edith Forsythe candidly details her memories of her mother, an ordinary woman with an extraordinary testimony of God’s love and faithfulness. While describing the seemingly endless suffering Josephine was forced to endure at the hands of an abuser, Edith discloses how her mother still managed to teach her children about love, faith, and true forgiveness. Included are newspaper articles and police reports related to the domestic violence incidents as well as family photographs.
Love for the Unlovable is the true story of one mother’s experiences as she endured constant abuse at the hands of a husband and father determined to leave lasting scars along a dark path of violence.