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When It Felt Like Life Was Over


250 Pages, 5.5 x 8.25

Formats: Cloth, EPUB

Cloth, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $33.95)

Publication Date: May 2020

ISBN 9781645720096

Rights: WOR

Republic Book Publishers (May 2020)


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For years, Alec Klein investigated cases where people faced the nightmare of wrongful accusations. Suddenly, he found himself on the other side, falsely accused himself. In a coordinated media attack, he was accused of misconduct as a professor at a top U.S. university, and in a rush to judgment, before he had a chance to defend himself, his life was destroyed. What happens when you have little hope? In the aftermath, Alec gravitated to the unlikeliest of places, among the unlikeliest of people, doing the unlikeliest of things. This is a first-person true story about faith, forgiveness and redemption.


"This moving and compelling account of how it feels to be victimized by abusers of the '#me too movement' demonstrates why it is important for ALL victims to speak out— victims of sexual abuse as well as victims of false accusations of sexual abuse." —Alan Dershowitz, author of Guilt by Accusation: The Challenge of Proving Innocence in the Age of #MeToo

"Heartbreaking. Poignant. Enlightening and Healing. What happens when a person's is destroyed by a vindictive false allegation, losing nearly everything built over a lifetime? Is there a way forward? Alec Klein's soul-searching book, Aftermath takes its reader on a roller coaster ride to the depths of shattering despair and then rises like a Phoenix through faith and determination to a new beginning. This book is a must read for anyone who has endured the nightmare of a false allegation, or knows someone who has." —Shelley S. Dempsey, Esq., board director, Families Advocating for Campus Equality

"Reading Aftermath is a powerful and emotional experience. Alec Klein's story made me cry and then smile as it becomes clear that we all can have grace and opportunities to help others and, in the process, feel the hand of God in our lives." —John LeBoutillier, former Congressman and bestselling author

"Wow. Aftermath offers fresh new evidence that once again love conquers hate and that good triumphs evil. Alec Klein provides a raw peek into his soulful journey from begging to gulp his last breath to discovering the ultimate path of redemption. For anyone who has ever lost faith or never found it, this book sirens a powerful resurrection of hope in the unseen forces available to each of us." —Kevin Armstrong, former newspaper editor and founder of OKJ2 - Oklahoma Journalists for Justice

"Alec Klein's story is proof that anyone who dares to trust God with their seemingly impossible circumstances will most certainly receive more than he or she can ask or think from the One who is forever faithful to His Word." —Stacie L. Jennings, founder, Vision Communications Creative Services

"Raw, haunting, mesmerizing...Aftermath is a must-read for anyone who has wondered how false accusations impact the innocent. Whether you have endured similar circumstances or are new to the world of the wrongfully accused, Alec's powerful story will resonate deeply long after the final page has been turned." —Kate Parker, a falsely accused mother who gained her freedom with Alec Klein's investigative help

"The word 'aftermath' usually hints at destruction and despair. That is certainly what happens to Alec Klein following false accusations and a flawed 'internal' institutional investigation. His story is a deeply personal witness to the pull of God's grace that is present even before we have words to speak of it. Alec follows grace's pull into work with people who are in prison with no hope. Out of his own hopelessness, he puts one foot in front of the other, not knowing where it will lead, bringing hope to himself and to those he continues to work for so diligently and with such love. I am grateful to have spent time with Alec in Oklahoma, and now, to hear the continuing witness of his story." —Lynn Christophersen Woodward, prisoner rights activist

"The book is riveting from beginning to end, and I'm amazed at the courage and openness of Alec Klein and the journey between pain and purpose. I urge people who are looking for hope to read it." —Rhonda Bear, founder of His House Outreach Ministries and program director for Stand In the Gap Ministries

Author Biography

Alec Klein is a best-selling author and award-winning journalist formerly of the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal. His groundbreaking investigations have uncovered a wide array of wrongdoing and set free several prisoners who were wrongfully convicted of murder and accused of other crimes. He also has helped dozens of excessively sentenced women gain their freedom through parole and commutation.