Forgiveness: A Legacy of the West Nickel Mines Amish School

Forgiveness: A Legacy of the West Nickel Mines Amish School

by John L. Ruth




This sensitive and thoughtful meditation on the horrific events of October 2, 2006, reflects on the response of the Amish com munity of Nickel Mines, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where a gunman killed five school children, wounded five others, and then killed himself. The tragic crime evoked expressions of shock and sympathy worldwide. But even many Christians were stunned when the Amish community, in the midst of its grieving, offered words of forgiveness toward the dead killer and his fam ily. John L. Ruth considers that extraordinary forgiveness as the legacy of that heartbreaking day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780836193732
Publisher: Herald Press (VA)
Publication date: 06/28/2007
Pages: 151
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note 7

Introduction 9

1 A Setting for Peace, Revenge, and Faith 13

2 A Special Atmosphere 19

3 A Troubled Neighbor 21

4 From Thought to Deed 27

5 Whence Rage? 35

6 After the Attack 41

7 Approaching the Meanings 55

8 Scriptural Paradigms 59

9 Anabaptist Precedents 65

10 Singing Forgiveness 77

11 Forgiveness in Context 93

12 The Factor of Trust 99

13 The Effect of Community 103

14 The Reasonableness of Forgiveness 107

15 The Conundrum of Shunning 109

16 Counsel from Spiritual Cousins 119

17 The Universality of Forgiveness 125

18 Musings: Anger, Anguish, and Irony 129

19 Little Stories 135

20 Coda 147

Afterword 149

Notes 157

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