From Sorrow to Amazing Grace

One Cop's Journey

Christian - Non-Fiction
148 Pages
Reviewed on 09/15/2020
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Author Biography

Keith Knotek is a retired Sheriff’s Sergeant and Police Commander with 30 years of law enforcement experience in California. He has a vast knowledge of Law Enforcement Best Practices and Communications, including a background in Governance and Leadership.

Although he has held many different professional positions throughout his life and career, Keith cherishes the titles of husband, father, friend, and child of God the most. Keith holds an M.A. in Organizational Leadership and a B.S. in Criminal Justice from California Coast University and is an adjunct lecturer at several universities. Keith's mission is to help those who suffer from post-traumatic stress. He currently resides in Prescott Valley, AZ with his wife, Lily, and has two adult daughters.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

From Sorrow to Amazing Grace: One Cop's Journey by Keith R. Knotek is the author's story of being an alcoholic in recovery, husband, father, son, friend, child of God, and a retired police officer. The memoir gives glimpses of his life which have been a series of ups and downs, and how the emotional scars inflicted upon him went unchecked and unaddressed for a long time. His story is that of pride, selfishness, brokenness, forgiveness, redemption, hope, faith, belief, strength, perseverance, and redemption through Jesus Christ. This memoir is all about hope and giving readers the confidence and courage to face their future, and his words show how with God's support everything is possible.

From Sorrow to Amazing Grace is honest and straightforward. He throws light on living in a safe environment growing up and how he was keen to be in law enforcement. He captures his struggles, stress, and his PTSD, and what is admirable is the way he overcame his struggles and difficulties by putting complete faith in Jesus Christ. I enjoyed reading this book and the author's honesty. It takes a lot of strength to come out in the open and speak about one's alcoholism, alcohol-induced escapades, and PTSD, and many readers undergoing similar challenges will easily relate to his words. This book is a good way to understand the life of a police officer and healing from Jesus Christ.

Michelle C.

"From Sorrow to Amazing Grace: One Cop's Journey" is a must-read for police officers and non-police officers, alike. This is a very thorough and detailed story of retired Officer Keith Knotek's amazing journey — from childhood to his retirement. The author is candid. This enlightening story is thought-provoking and true-to-life. It also gives a very detailed behind-the-scenes look at what police officers go through on a day-to-day basis. There are numerous important messages in this book. Officer Knotek experiences many ups and downs in life, however, it is God, who pulls him through — with love, grace and mercy — that only He can give. I highly-recommend this book!