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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

"Amish Grace tells a story of forgiveness informed by deep faith, rooted in a rich history, and practiced in real life. In an American society that often resorts to revenge, it is a powerful example of the better way taught by Jesus."

Jim Wallis, author, God's Politics; president, Sojourners/Call to Renewal

"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

"An inside look at a series of events that showed the world what Christ-like forgiveness is all about—a story of the love of God lived out in the face of tragedy."

Tony Campolo, Eastern University

"Amish Grace dissects the deep-rooted pattern of Amish forgiveness and grace that, after the Nickel Mines tragedy, caused the world to gasp."

Philip Yancey, author, What's So Amazing About Grace

"Covers the subject in a superb way. It gave me a private tutorial in Amish culture and religion—on their unique view of life, death, and forgiveness."

Fred Luskin, author, Forgive for Good; director, Stanford Forgiveness Projects

"A remarkable book about the good but imperfect Amish, who individually and collectively consistently try to live Jesus' example of love – for one another and for the enemy."

Dr. Carol Rittner, distinguished professor of holocaust and genocide studies, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

"A casebook on forgiveness valuable for ALL Christians. It drills beneath the theory to their practice and even deeper to the instructions of Jesus."

Dr. Julia Upton, provost, St. John's University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787997618
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/21/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald B. Kraybill, Ph.D., is senior fellow at the Young Center of Elizabethtown College. Among his many publications, he has authored or coauthored numerous books on Amish society. The Young Center fielded hundreds of media calls in the week following the shooting.

Steven M. Nolt, Ph.D., is professor of history at Goshen College. He has written extensively on Amish history and culture.

David L. Weaver-Zercher, Ph.D., is associate professor of American religious history at Messiah College. His books on Amish life explore outsiders' fascination with and perceptions of the Amish.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

PART ONE.

Chapter 1: The Nickel Mines Amish.

Chapter 2: The Shooting.

Chapter 3: The Aftermath.

Chapter 4: The Surprise.

Chapter 5: The Reactions.

PART TWO.

Chapter 6: The Habit of Forgiveness.

Chapter 7: The Roots of Forgiveness.

Chapter 8: The Spirituality of Forgiveness.

Chapter 9: The Practice of Forgiveness

PART THREE.

Chapter 10: Forgiveness at Nickel Mines.

Chapter 11: What About Shunning?

Chapter 12: Grief, Providence, and Justice.

Chapter 13: Amish Grace and the Rest of Us.

Afterword.

Acknowledgments.

Appendix: The Amish of North America.

Endnotes.

Resources for Further reading.

The Authors.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

    I found this book to be very helpful. It not only gave me more insight into how and what the Amish people think and believe and why but gave me a whole new prespective on forgiveness and all it includes from the way they live. I am a parent and can

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2010

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    When God Stopped Keeping Score

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

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    Outstanding

    This is a story of how the Amish forgive just like Jesus intended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

    An insight into the Amish Life

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

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    Amish Grace is inspiring

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Amish Grace - What a truly inspiring book!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    When God Stopped Keeping Score

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2008

    Beautiful Book on such a Tragic Story

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2008

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    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Great

    I have seen the movie so i know i will absoulty LOVE it.

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

    love reading books:) loved it hope you do to: ):)

    i hope you love the book like i did and i also watch the movie it is sad but you will like it. hope you enjoy it like i did..:) :)

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

    great book

    i loved this book i barowed it from a friend be for i got the nook color and i loved it so i download it on my nook color

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2010

    Not exactly wht I wanted.

    This was very informative but lacked a story-line, and I prefer reading stories about people and their lives.

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  • Posted July 26, 2009

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    Textbook for understanding the Amish

    I listened to the audio CD after reading the book and the authors have a few organizational problems that are an issue on the CD. This was used in a study group and I found the imformation unusually organizated and often repetitive. IF you want to understand the Nickelmines event and the Amish response this is a good beginning.

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