Think No Evil: Inside the Story of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting...and Beyond

Think No Evil: Inside the Story of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting...and Beyond

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Think No Evil: Inside the Story of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting...and Beyond by Jonas Beiler

An insider’s look into the events surrounding the nickel mines amish schoolhouse shootings—told by the counselor who was called upon to come to the farmhouse where the families met on that fateful day.

On October 2, 2006, Charles Roberts, a local milk-tank truck driver, bound and shot ten young girls in an Amish schoolhouse before committing suicide. Five girls died. Five others were severely injured and left in critical condition. In the aftermath of the massacre, the Amish community shunned the media. But they requested that Amishraised counselor Jonas Beiler come to the scene to offer his moral and spiritual support.

In Think No Evil, Beiler offers his first-person account of the events, as well as of those who were closest to the scene: the surviving children, the volunteer fireman Rob Beiler, the local counseling center director Brad Aldricha, and Vietta Zook, aboard the first ambulance to arrive. Beiler poignantly describes the Amish families’ responses to this horrific violence as they reached out to the shocked family members of the killer, offering unconditional forgiveness.

The story didn’t end on that horrible day with the deaths of those five little girls. Think No Evil follows the ongoing story of this gentle community having faith in God’s design, of truly demonstrating Christian values, of responding with resilient love in the face of evil, of demolishing the scene of the murders and rebuilding the schoolhouse, and of determining to move forward in living out their faith in peace.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416562986
Publisher: Howard Books
Publication date: 09/22/2009
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.32(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Jonas Beiler grew up in a traditional Old-Order Amish family in the 1950s. He is the cofounder and chairman of The Angela Foundation. He is also a licensed family counselor and founder of Family Resource and Counseling Center and The Family Center of Gap, both located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Jonas is married to Anne Beiler, founder and creator of Auntie Anne’s Soft Pretzels, an acclaimed international pretzel franchise.

Shawn Smucker is a native of County. His mother grew up Amish and his father was in the Amish Church. He is a graduate of and lives in with his family. This is his second book.

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Think No Evil: Inside the Story of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting...and Beyond 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Think No Evil by Jonas Beiler and Shawn Smucker is an inside look at the Nickel Mines Amish School shooting of October 2, 2006. Beiler grew up in an Amish home before deciding at the age of 15 to live on the outside, so he has a unique perspective to share on this story that captivated the nation. The world couldn't look away as the news came in about a man who walked into an Amish school, sent out the boys and women, tied up the girls, boarded over the doors and windows and then proceeded to shoot all ten of them before taking his own life. The Amish community immediately offered forgiveness to the shooter and his family, reaching out to them again and again in a way that the world couldn't seem to understand. Beiler uses his own life story and the history of the Amish to offer a foundation for the unbelievable forgiveness the Amish offer those who hurt them. He tells the story of what happened in that small classroom with equal amounts of detachment and compassion. Churches spend millions of dollars a year trying to attract media attention to the story of Jesus without much sucess, but the Amish, who shun modern life conveniences, including the media, created a world wide sensation and curiosity about a God who empowered these people to offer such loving forgiveness. Their story is one of learning for all of us. Refusing to forgive only hurts the victim by creating a lifetime of hurt and bitterness, a lesson the Amish have learned through their history of non-violent resistance and martyrdom. It was difficult at times to read the words through the tears, but unlike most true crime books that are written to titillate with prurient details, he keeps the details about the shooter's actual intentions and what happened between him and the girls to a minimum, maintaining their dignity and privacy without sacrificing the power of the story.
DarkRavenDH 13 days ago
What “Forgiveness” really means… On October 2, 2006, a shooting occurred at the West Nickel Mines School, an Amish one-room schoolhouse in the Old Order Amish community of Nickel Mines, a village in Bart Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. When the gun fell silent, ten young Amish girls aged ix to thirteen would be shot, five of them fatally. The shooter, local milk truck driver Charles Carl Roberts IV, committed suicide in the schoolhouse. In the aftermath of this senseless slaughter of innocents, the reaction of the Amish community stunned the world. These were people who had buried children due to an insane person with sick fantasies. More of the girls would have a long road to recovery. The psychological damage to the community, especially the children cannot be measured. The one thing the community wanted the world to know was that they thought no evil of Roberts. He must be forgiven, and his family must not bear any blame. In fact, the community would go out of their way for Charles Roberts’ family. It is odd to be invited to an Amish funeral, but Roberts’ family was asked to attend the girls’ service. As far as the community was concerned, Roberts’ had an illness and was not in control of himself. I was highly inspired to take a look at myself and wonder if I have practiced forgiveness. I give the book five stars plus! Quoth the Raven…
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For the tiny story you get out of this book it was no where near worth the cost. There seems to be no one who knew this man or what struggles caused him to snap. The story of the amish is heartwarming but this book holds no answers or insights
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