Once a Shooter

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Once a Shooter

Redemption of a High School Gunman; A Personal Testimony

T. J. Stevens


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“This is my story. You see, I was once a shooter.”

Twice pardoned—first by God and later by the state—TJ Stevens now walks in freedom and grace. Reluctant at first to tell his story but compelled now to share what God has done, he gives a firsthand account, four decades later, of what it was like to be a high school shooter.

Why is his story different from all the others that have commanded headlines over the last twenty-odd years? How did he not only make it out alive but go on to have a successful life, when so many other high school shooters are now behind bars or in the grave?

What happened during that day-long hostage standoff—and in the years that followed—took TJ out of suffocating darkness and into the light.

In Once a Shooter: Redemption of a High School Gunman you will see that:

There is freedom in forgivenessRedemption is available for everyoneGod will never stop pursuing youFaith can overcome fearPrayer makes a difference


T. J. Stevens:

TJ Stevens (formerly known as James Stevens) was a disturbed young man who opened fire inside his Virginia high school in 1982, injuring no one. Stevens spent time in prison, embraced the message of the Gospel, repented, and received Christ as his Savior. Then, after being miraculously paroled, he embarked on a remarkable journey that included playing the role of Jesus in a nationally acclaimed Passion play in Washington, DC, and other major cities. A singer and songwriter, TJ has performed at the American Country Music Awards and worked in the music industry for many years. The president of a Christian concert promotions company, Stevens Music Group, he lives with his wife in Winchester, Virginia. TJ has two children and five grandchildren.