The Amish communitys radical act of forgiveness in response to the horrific shooting of ten schoolgirls in October 2006 stunned the world. This book offers insight into how the Amish faith inspires compassion rather than vengeance.
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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
"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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