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Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy / Edition 1

Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy / Edition 1

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ISBN-13: 9780470344040
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 03/22/2010
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 180,520
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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 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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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!
misskate on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Surprised that people were so surprised at the forgivness that was offered by the Amish. We are instructed to forgive those who sin against us. Has compassion been replaced with vengence? WWJD
solla on LibraryThing 7 months ago
It tells a lot about the Amish view of the world, and it's not one of those books about the quaint Amish that glosses over who they are as individuals. The forgiveness isn't really an easy thing. There are interviews with people about their conflicts and difficulties with this. There is also a section on ethically whether it is right to forgive in some circumstances.
debnance on LibraryThing 7 months ago
In 2006, a gunman went into a one-room Amish schoolhouse and shot ten girls, killing five of them, and then killed himself. What is the immediate response of the Amish community? The Amish instantly voice their forgiveness of this man and his actions. They visit his widow and children and go to the killer¿s funeral. It almost feels superhuman. The authors investigate this incident and the forgiveness that followed and look into the origins of Amish forgiveness in the Amish culture, how it is cultivated in young children, and how forgiveness works to heal.
lisacronista on LibraryThing 7 months ago
If there had been a way to prevent the tragic school shooting in Nickle Mines, Pennsylvania, any of us would have done it. The horror of it spread across the planet. However, we can say today that God has received much glory from these ashes of grief. A friend gave me this book that not only documents the details but also gives a perspective on grace and forgiveness that is well worth reading. Amish Grace by Donald Kraybill, Steven Holt and David Weaver-Zersher contains the narrative, as well as the history and theology of the Amish. Hours and days after the event, neighbors and even bereaved family members visited the family of the shooter to express kindness and friendship. Here is what the authors say:"When forgiveness arrived at the killer's home within hours of his crime, it did not appear out of nowhere. Rather, forgiveness is woven into the very fabric of Amish life, its sturdy threads having been spun from faith in God, scriptural mandates, and a history of persecution. The grace extended by the Amish surprised the world almost as much as the killing itself. Indeed, in many respects, the story of Amish forgiveness became the story...."I've been challenged to reconsider my view of forgiveness. It's not an easy thing to embrace someone who has perpetrated harm, but there have been times when opportunities have been missed to express Christ's love. The Amish are not evangelists or traveling missionaries, but they have shown the world that one can "preach" through actions.
debs4jc on LibraryThing 7 months ago
An excellent coverage of the Amish reaction to the Nickel Mines school shooting. The authors show great understanding of Amish theology and thinking. The book is well written, allowing the reader to ponder the Amish way of practicing forgiveness. I found their example to be an inspiration and it challenged me in how I live my own life. I definitely recommend this to anyone interested in reading about the Amish, forgiveness, and Christian living.
wirtley on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Excellent! Describes the reaction of the Amish after the school shooting at Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. The Amish forgave the shooter very quickly. Also describes the culture of the amish which includes forgiveness of all sins. This book blew me away!
Cariola on LibraryThing 7 months ago
A lovely book, but a bit repetitive. The authors begin with the "phenomena" of forgiveness following the schoolhouse shooting of ten young girls in October of 2005. Unfortunately, school shootings are nothing new in the US, and although this one was more shocking because of the peaceful targeted community, what seemed to capture the attention of the press and of people around the world was the Amish community's quickness to forgive the killer and his family. The authors retell stories of Amish forgiveness, both in the aftermath of this tragedy and earlier ones, while setting the culture in religious and historical context. They also contrast the Amish belief in following strictly the teachings of Jesus with popular contemporary evangelists and so-called Christian politicians (including George Bush).
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I have seen the movie so i know i will absoulty LOVE it.
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