Summary

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.
©2007 John Wiley and Sons, Inc. (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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"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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1 out of 5 stars
By Sara on 29-01-14

I wish I could un-hear this book

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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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Margary on 08-12-08

What a Blessing

Amish Grace helped me to examine myself and how I treat my family and the people I meet daily. It is a historical account of a horrible tragedy, and how a group of grieving Plain People showed unconditional love and forgivness to outsiders that invaded their simple world.
Amish Grace explains the "whys" of the Amish customs better than any book I have read. I highly recommend this audio book.

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