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Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy / Edition 1
     

Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy / Edition 1

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by Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt, David L. Weaver-Zercher
 

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ISBN-10: 0470344040

ISBN-13: 9780470344040

Pub. Date: 03/22/2010

Publisher: Wiley

Praise for Amish Grace

"A story our polarized country needs to hear: It is still grace that saves."—Bill Moyers, Public Affairs Television

"In a world where repaying evil with evil is almost second nature, the Amish remind us there's a better way. In plain and beautiful prose, Amish Grace recounts the Amish witness and connects it to the heart of their

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Praise for Amish Grace

"A story our polarized country needs to hear: It is still grace that saves."—Bill Moyers, Public Affairs Television

"In a world where repaying evil with evil is almost second nature, the Amish remind us there's a better way. In plain and beautiful prose, Amish Grace recounts the Amish witness and connects it to the heart of their spirituality."—Sister Helen Prejean, author, Dead Man Walking

"Faced with the notorious Amish aversion to publicity, reporter after reporter turned to the authors...to answer one question: How could the Nickel Mines Amish so readily, so completely, forgive? While the text provides a detailed account of the tragedy, its beauty lies in its discovery of forgiveness as the crux of Amish culture. Never preachy or treacly, it suggests a larger meditation more than apt in our time."—Philadelphia Magazine

"This balanced presentation . . .blends history, current evaluation of American society, and an examination of what builds community into a seamless story that details the shootings while it probes the religious beliefs that led to such quick forgiving. Recommended." —Library Journal

"Professors Kraybill, Nolt, and Weaver-Zercher have written a superb book—a model of clear, forceful writing about a tragedy and its aftermath. They have an obvious affection for the Amish yet ask tough questions, weigh contradictions, and explore conundrums such as how a loving God could permit schoolgirls to be massacred." —National Catholic Reporter

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470344040
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/22/2010
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
244,713
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Part One 1

1 The Nickel Mines Amish 3

2 The Shooting 17

3 The Aftermath 29

4 The Surprise 43

5 The Reactions 53

Part Two 65

6 The Habit of Forgiveness 67

7 The Roots of Forgiveness 85

8 The Spirituality of Forgiveness 99

9 The Practice of Forgiveness 113

Part Three 123

10 Forgiveness at Nickel Mines 125

11 What About Shunning? 141

12 Grief, Providence, and Justice 155

13 Amish Grace and the Rest of Us 173

Afterword (2010) 185

Interview with Terri Roberts 191

Appendix: The Amish of North America 201

Endnotes 215

Resources for Further Reading 229

Acknowledgments 233

The Authors 235

Index 237

Discussion and Reflection Guide 249

The Fetzer Institute 267

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Amish Grace 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
not even imagine what they went through and are still dealing with today.They live what they believe, not like the majority of us that say something and then when hard times come we fall apart and cave in instead of standing strong on our faith.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I live in Pennsylvania and this story was hard to miss in the news when it occurred. At the time, I thought it was just another tragedy until I read R.A. Clark's book, "When God Stopped Keeping Score" that showed how the gift of forgiveness that came afterwards transcended the tragedy. I applaud this author's effort to help showcase this story because not only is it worthy of telling so that it never happens again, it also helps people understand what could push a person to that point to begin with.
Tom_B More than 1 year ago
This is a story of how the Amish forgive just like Jesus intended.
becca5965 More than 1 year ago
Like most of the world, I was in shock when the news of what happened became public knowledge. My husband and I know a few Amish people. We used to go to a camp for kids with Muscular Dystrophy and two of the boys there were Amish. My husband was their "buddy" for the week of summer camp for MDA. We became friends with their family and have spent many wonderful days in their home. The two boys have both died since that time but we continue to visit when we can. I am certainly no expert on the entire Amish lifestyle but a lot of what was in this book appears to agree with what we have found out over time. They are wonderful people and this book gives major insight in to their lifestyle and who they are. It wasn't what I was expecting but ended up being so much more.
woodie22 More than 1 year ago
It is very easy to hate, unfortunately. Having the Heavenly Grace to forgive even the vilest of deeds is more than accomplishment; it is inspired grace. The authors weave a worthwhile story of community, bed-rock faith, and truly 'walking the walk' of faith. Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was inspirational! It will make you think about your own beliefs on forgiveness.I was given more insight to the Amish and their religious beliefs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This beautiful true story is written well and you can almost feel the sadness and yet you can also feel the forgiveness with this book. I am not done with the book yet but only have two chapters left and I have only had the book for 4 days. It was a very tragic event that the amish turned into forgiveness as only they do it seems.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is so simple, as they have chosen to live there lives perhaps living simple staying small and not allowing the world to rule them has made it possible, by living it day by day! They have in fact embraced Jesus Christs last words forgive them Father they know not what they do!
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I have seen the movie so i know i will absoulty LOVE it.
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