Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended a Tragedy / Edition 1

Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended a Tragedy / Edition 1

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

"A beautiful testimony to the power and the joy of Amish grace—grace under fire, grace that wrenches something beautiful out of the jaws of tragedy. Amish Grace is also a challenge to the rest of us to more fully embody the teachings of Jesus."

—William H. Willimon, Bishop, the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church

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"A beautiful testimony to the power and the joy of Amish grace—grace under fire, grace that wrenches something beautiful out of the jaws of tragedy. Amish Grace is also a challenge to the rest of us to more fully embody the teachings of Jesus."

—William H. Willimon, Bishop, the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church

The remarkable response of the Amish community to the horrific shooting of ten schoolgirls at Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, in October 2006 stunned the larger world. Amish Grace tells the incredible story of this community's reaction to this senseless shooting and explores its profoundly countercultural practice of forgiveness.

Outsiders often hold a stereotypical view of the Amish as a stubbornly backwards people—a view rooted in the picturesque images of buggies, beards, and bonnets. But there is much more to know about the Amish as a people, as we discovered after the Nickel Mines incident. The community's collective and radical act of forgiveness—the loving and compassionate response to the shooter and his family—gives us insights into who the Amish are and how they live their faith.

Amish Grace explores the many questions the story raises about the religious beliefs that led the Amish to forgive so quickly. In a world where religion spawns so much violence and vengeance, the surprising act of Amish forgiveness begs for deeper consideration.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787997618
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/21/2007
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(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 185

Acknowledgments 189

Appendix: The Amish of North America 191

Endnotes 205

Resources for Further Reading 219

The Fetzer Institute 223

The Authors 225

Index 227

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