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Think No Evil [Hardcover]

By Jonas Beiler & Shawn Smucker (Contributor)
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Pages   213
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.16" Width: 6.36" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 22, 2009
Publisher   Simon & Schuster
ISBN  1416562982  
EAN  9781416562986  

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Describes the Nickel Mines Amish schoolhouse shootings, sharing the experiences of the children, emergency workers, and families who elected to offer unconditional forgiveness.

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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.

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Jonas Beiler grew up in a strict and traditional Old Order Amish family during the 1950s. Now he is the cofounder and chairman of the Angela Foundation. He is also a licensed family counselor and founder of the Family Resource and Counseling Center in Gap, Pennsylvania.
Shawn Smucker is a native of Lancaster County in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. His mother grew up Amish and his father was in the Beachy Amish Church. A graduate of Messiah College, this is his second book.

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Where Were the Amish Men?  Apr 20, 2010
This is a moving account of the murder of five Amish school girls in October 2006 by Charles Roberts, a deranged killer. The two authors grew up Amish, leaving only when they became adults, so they provide an excellent account of why the Amish responded as they did, with forgiveness rather than anger. Just keep in mind that this book is not the Amish perspective on the tragedy. It is the perspective of two people who understand Amish beliefs and who write about them from a psychological and sociological perspective. They describe the modern psychological benefits of Amish forgiveness with more skill than they explain the deeper religious motivations that underlie them. These were, after all, men who chose to leave the Amish faith. They are understanding outsiders, but they are outsiders.

Unfortunately, I have the same grating frustration with the events this book describes as I do with the Rwandan genocide and with the 1999 Columbine massacre. Something that is clearly wrong--passivity in the face of violence and evil--is described as if it were a supreme good rather than a tragic failure. I described my frustration earlier in my this site review of a film on the Rwandan genocide. I'll describe it again here.

The best illustration what is right came over two thousand years ago when Greece faced death and enslavement from an invasion out of the East. The men of Greece are said to have left for battle with the words of their mothers, wives and daughters ringing in their ears. They were to return "with their shields or on them." The first thing an ancient soldier did when in breaking and running was to cast away his heavy shield. Returning with their shields meant that they had defeated their foe. Returning on their shields meant that they had been wounded or died in a battle that they had won. (If they'd have lost, their bodies would have been left on the field.) In short, the women of Greece were telling their men they had a responsibility to protect their families whatever the cost.

I will be blunt. Why were all ten victims shot by Charles Roberts and all five who died girls? The little one-room schoolhouse wasn't a school for girls. There were about as many boys present as girls, some as old as twelve. Those girls died for two reasons. First, because Charles Roberts, in his perverted grief over the death of his daughter, intended to target girls. And second, because the boys in that school did nothing to stop him, meekly doing as they were ordered, leaving the classroom and standing outside as the tragedy unfolded.

That's why I captioned this review, "Where Were the Amish Men?" These boys growing up to manhood in the Amish faith had not been taught that they had a role they could not avoid, the responsibility of the stronger sex to protect their little sisters and the young girls in their neighborhood. And that responsibility was not lessened by the fact that acting meant facing danger and even death. Amish men are certainly excellent farmers and businessmen, what some women call 'good providers.' But they're of little value when evil comes knocking.

In short, while the authors clearly want us to be impressed by the Amish faith they left behind. I'm not. The Amish have grossly overemphasized one virtue, forgiveness, while wholly neglecting another of greater importance, our responsibility for the lives and safety of others. If those Amish boys had been properly raised, taught to become men when men are needed, that little Amish community would have had far less to forgive. Yes, one or two of the boys might have died as they attacked the 200-pound Charles Roberts en masse, but they would have bought precious time for all the girls to escape and, once the girls were safe, all but perhaps one or two of them could have made their escape, leaving Roberts with no one to kill but himself.

The Amish have made a tragic mistake, one that is now centuries old. There is evil in this world, genuine evil that must be fought, defeated and destroyed. We can't delegate all that responsibility to those who respond to 911 calls. The same Jesus who talked about forgiveness also told his disciples "let him who has no sword sell his robe and buy one." Evil and violence must be met with courage, strength and, yes, counter-violence. Forgiveness is necessary after the fact. But it is not enough.

--Michael W. Perry, Untangling Tolkien: A Chronology and Commentary for The Lord of the Rings
A let down  Mar 28, 2010
I read Jonas' account of the lives taken at the school house. His major plot line was forgiveness. I knew that the Amish put forgiveness, a virtue shared by the whole community.
LMN ia airing a movie based on the happening surrounding the shooting of 10 children. This movie tells a very different story from Jonas' book.

In Amish Grace the LMN movie, focuses on one mother who cannot forgive the man who killed her daughter. Jonas book leads us to believe that all of the parents forgave the shooter. Jonas failed to share the whole truth.
Think No Evil  Mar 26, 2010
Think No Evil: Inside the Story of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting...and Beyond, by Jonas Beiler, with Shawn Smucker

In October 2006, the world was shocked when a man entered an Amish schoolhouse and shot 10 girls inside, and then killed himself. When the Amish proceeded to forgive the killer, the concept of Amish forgiveness may have shocked the world even more.

Jonas Beiler is perfect to tell the story of the Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting. While he was raised in an Amish family, he chose not to be baptized and left the Amish way of life. Eventually he became a counselor, and had a unique understanding of the struggles the Amish victims and their families went through after the shooting, and the modern world's incredulity that the Amish could forgive the gunman.

In a half true-crime, half autobiography book, Beiler sets the scene of the Nickel Mines community, details some of his own life, and describes the horrific shooting. While he does heavily concentrate on forgiveness, the writing isn't overly preachy. Beiler presents why the Amish forgive, and the benefits it gives them, and asks readers to consider doing the same.

I enjoyed this book, mainly for the insights into the Amish way of life.

I searched for people to forgive  Mar 12, 2010
I bought this book because I have experienced the outrageous power of forgiveness already. But this book helped me feel the power of letting go in a visceral way that is otherwise easy to miss in the blinding tsunami of the feelings of hurt.

When I got the book, I sat down to read a chapter or two one evening. Hours later I finally got up from that chair when I ran out of pages. I doubt if I was ever captured by a book the way this one grabbed my heart. I wept for hours and literally scanned the years of my own history to find people to forgive.

Then I bought 4 cases and begged all my friends to sit down and read it right now. This book is one of my favorite treasures, ever. You gotta read Think No Evil
I couldn't get through this book.  Feb 1, 2010
I am sorry I have to leave a fairly negative review of this book as he has a perfect score. I just couldn't get into it. It was well written but didn't interest me though I was very interested in the story. I may try again to finish it but after a couple of attempts I have moved on to other readings.

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