The remarkable response of the Amish Community to the horrific shooting of 10 schoolgirls at Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, in October 2006 stunned the larger world. Amish Grace tells the incredible story of this community's reaction to the senseless shooting and explores its profoundly countercultural practice of forgiveness.Outsiders often hold a stereotypical view of the Amish as a stubbornly backward people - a view rooted in the picturesque images of buggies, beards, and bonnets. But 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 truly are and how they live their faith. In a world where religion spawns so much violence and vengeance, the surprising act of Amish forgiveness begs for deeper consideration.More
"This intelligent, compassionate, and hopeful book is a welcome addition to the growing literature on forgiveness." (Publishers Weekly)
“A story our polarized country needs to hear: It is still grace that saves.” (Bill Moyers)
“[A] work that nourishes both mind and soul.” (Library Journal)
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I wish I could un-hear this book
Goodness this book was so violent, sad and downright terrifying that I wish I could erase ever listening to it. I believe in the concepts of grace and forgiveness, and these ideas are mentioned in the book. Not fully explored--but mentioned. Instead the book read like a news reporters tale of destruction, senseless hate crimes and doom. I suggest to give this a pass--wish I had.
- Sara "I don't review every book--only books I feel strongly about--hence the many 4-5 star vs 1-2 star reviews. Just my opinions--hope they help."
Turned heartbreak into hope for me
- R. Whitten "bobwhitten"