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Amish Grace (Order Spdy#994040) [Hardcover]

By Kraybill Donald (Author), Steven M. Nolt (Author) & David L. Weaver-Zercher (Author)
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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 6.2" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2007
Publisher   John Wiley And Sons
ISBN  0787997617  
EAN  9780787997618  

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Examines the Amish community's intention to forgive the man who killed five Amish children at the West Nickel Mines School in Pennsylvania in 2006, discussing how the Amish concept of forgiveness has a long tradition in their religion and is part of a deeply embedded belief in pardon and reconciliation.

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On Monday morning, October 2, 2006, a gunman entered a one-room Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. In front of twenty-five horrified pupils, thirty-two-year-old Charles Roberts ordered the boys and the teacher to leave. After tying the legs of the ten remaining girls, Roberts prepared to shoot them execution with an automatic rifle and four hundred rounds of ammunition that he brought for the task. The oldest hostage, a thirteen-year-old, begged Roberts to "shoot me first and let the little ones go." Refusing her offer, he opened fire on all of them, killing five and leaving the others critically wounded. He then shot himself as police stormed the building. His motivation? "I'm angry at God for taking my little daughter," he told the children before the massacre.

The story captured the attention of broadcast and print media in the United States and around the world. By Tuesday morning some fifty television crews had clogged the small village of Nickel Mines, staying for five days until the killer and the killed were buried. The blood was barely dry on the schoolhouse floor when Amish parents brought words of forgiveness to the family of the one who had slain their children.

The outside world was incredulous that such forgiveness could be offered so quickly for such a heinous crime. Of the hundreds of media queries that the authors received about the shooting, questions about forgiveness rose to the top. Forgiveness, in fact, eclipsed the tragic story, trumping the violence and arresting the world's attention.

Within a week of the murders, Amish forgiveness was a central theme in more than 2,400 news stories around the world. The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, NBC Nightly News, CBS Morning News, Larry King Live, Fox News, Oprah, and dozens of other media outlets heralded the forgiving Amish. From the Khaleej Times (United Arab Emirates) to Australian television, international media were opining on Amish forgiveness. Three weeks after the shooting, "Amish forgiveness" had appeared in 2,900 news stories worldwide and on 534,000 web sites.

Fresh from the funerals where they had buried their own children, grieving Amish families accounted for half of the seventy-five people who attended the killer's burial. Roberts' widow was deeply moved by their presence as Amish families greeted her and her three children. The forgiveness went beyond talk and graveside presence: the Amish also supported a fund for the shooter's family.

AMISH GRACE explores the many questions this story raises about the religious beliefs and habits that led the Amish to forgive so quickly. It looks at the ties between forgiveness and membership in a cloistered communal society and ask if Amish practices parallel or diverge from other religious and secular notions of forgiveness. It will also address the matter of why forgiveness became news. "All the religions teach it," mused an observer, "but no one does it like the Amish." Regardless of the cultural seedbed that nourished this story, the surprising act of Amish forgiveness begs for a deeper exploration. How could the Amish do this? What did this act mean to them? And how might their witness prove useful to the rest of us?

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More About Kraybill Donald, Steven M. Nolt & David L. Weaver-Zercher

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Donald B. Kraybill directs the Young Center for the Study of Anabaptist and Pietist Groups at Elizabthtown (PA) College where he is also Professor of Sociology. He is the author of The Riddle of Amish Culture, and the editor of The Amish and the State both published by Johns Hopkins University Press. He has also co-authored The Amish Struggle with Modernity published by the University Press of New England.

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Amish Grace  Feb 21, 2008
The Amish I think express Jesus Christ love deeply. We do have much to learn from them, even with all our technology. We've really lost closeness, respect and caring for one another. On the other hand, I feel concern for
the wife and child abuse they have within their families. The wife is told
don't say negative things about her husband and goes back to endure the
bruises. Where does she go to heal from domestic violence? How many times must she forgive and go back before it's too late? Forgiveness is important
to heal, but not to pretend the anger does not exist and not deal with.
This book expresses the beauty of Amish life. It helped me to think about forgiveness in my own life and what it really means. This book is worth reading.
Forgiveness 101  Feb 18, 2008
There are few traditional virtues more questioned today than forgiveness. Cynics dismiss it as a sign either of weakness or manipulation. Legalists see it as irrelevant. Civil contractarians view it as something that must be earned. And many Christians pay lip service to it but regard it as a highly impractical response to aggressors. In short, forgiveness isn't on too many radars.

That's why the world was so captivated by the Amish response to the Nickle Mines shootings in October 2006. When the Amish community not only forgave the shooter but also went out of its way to embrace the shooter's family, the novelty of the response both startled and puzzled conventional society. To clear up some of that puzzlement--and, presumably, to help reinvigorate our culture's regard for forgiveness-- Kraybill, Nolt, and Weaver-Zercher wrote Amish Grace.

The first part of the book is a straightforward account of the Nickle Mines shooting that a reader can just as easily get from newspaper and internet archives. The third, in all honesty, comes across as more filler than anything else, throwing together as it does essays on Amish shunning, a rather repetitious chapter on forgiving, and a rather vague chapter on grace. The heart of the book is the middle section, which explores forgiving in the Amish context and briefly compares it to other accounts of forgiving.

To anyone familiar with Amish culture and the Anabaptist tradition, it comes as no surprise that community, humility, exemplification of Christ's love, the centrality of the Sermon on the Mount, and forgiving in order to be forgiven are the foundations on which Amish forgiving is based. The authors of Amish Grace do a good job in sketching them out. They do a less impressive job, however, of discussing the general nature of forgiveness or some of the very real questions raised by philosophers and theologians about its nature. Is forgiveness an internal act or overt behavior? Must an aggressor express remorse as a condition for forgiveness? Can we forgive on behalf of others? Are we sometimes obliged to withhold forgiveness for the good of the aggressor? These broader sorts of questions are at best touched on without being explored.

Ultimately, then, Amish Grace is a primer for those who know nothing about the Amish. It's also a good resource for readers who are curious about but have never thought much about forgiveness. For deeper reflections on the nature and value of forgiveness, readers must turn elsewhere. Recommendations would include Trudy Govier's Forgiveness and Revenge, Robert Enright and Joanna North's Exploring Forgiveness, and Jeffrie Murphy's Getting Even.
Outstanding scholarship on Amish reaction to tragedy  Jan 21, 2008
The scholars who wrote this book provide both contemporary and historical contexts for the Amish community's reaction to the tragic mass murder of their children. After reading the book, I adopted it for discussion in my adult Sunday School class, and our church will be using it for a Lenten study. One particularly thought-provoking aspect is the authors' discussion of the distinction between forgiveness and reconciliation.
Amish Grace  Jan 19, 2008
This is the most awesome book to read and learn aboout the Amish ways and understand them. I would suggest this book to everyone.
A Very Good Read  Jan 18, 2008
I enjoyed this informative and moving book on the Nickle Mines tragedy. It gave insite to the Amish culture and their ability to continue their lives in these times and in coping with untimely death and serious hurt.

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