Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy

Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy

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By (author) Donald B. Kraybill, By (author) Steven M. Nolt, By (author) David L. Weaver-Zercher

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 23mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 26 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 0470344040
  • ISBN 13: 9780470344040
  • Sales rank: 155,873

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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 "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 "Faced with the notorious Amish aversion to publicity, reporter after reporter turned to the authors...to answer one question: How could the Nickel Mines Amish so readily, so completely, forgive? While the text provides a detailed account of the tragedy, its beauty lies in its discovery of forgiveness as the crux of Amish culture. Never preachy or treacly, it suggests a larger meditation more than apt in our time." - Philadelphia Magazine "This balanced presentation ...blends history, current evaluation of American society, and an examination of what builds community into a seamless story that details the shootings while it probes the religious beliefs that led to such quick forgiving. Recommended." - Library Journal "Professors Kraybill, Nolt, and Weaver-Zercher have written a superb book - a model of clear, forceful writing about a tragedy and its aftermath. They have an obvious affection for the Amish yet ask tough questions, weigh contradictions, and explore conundrums such as how a loving God could permit schoolgirls to be massacred." - National Catholic Reporter

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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"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"Faced with the notorious Amish aversion to publicity, reporter after reporter turned to the authors...to answer one question: How could the Nickel Mines Amish so readily, so completely, forgive? While the text provides a detailed account of the tragedy, its beauty lies in its discovery of forgiveness as the crux of Amish culture. Never preachy or treacly, it suggests a larger meditation more than apt in our time."--Philadelphia Magazine"This balanced presentation . . .blends history, current evaluation of American society, and an examination of what builds community into a seamless story that details the shootings while it probes the religious beliefs that led to such quick forgiving. Recommended." --Library Journal"Professors Kraybill, Nolt, and Weaver-Zercher have written a superb book--a model of clear, forceful writing about a tragedy and its aftermath. They have an obvious affection for the Amish yet ask tough questions, weigh contradictions, and explore conundrums such as how a loving God could permit schoolgirls to be massacred." --National Catholic Reporter

Table of contents

Preface. Part One. 1 The Nickel Mines Amish. 2 The Shooting. 3 The Aftermath. 4 The Surprise. 5 The Reactions. Part Two. 6 The Habit of Forgiveness. 7 The Roots of Forgiveness. 8 The Spirituality of Forgiveness. 9 The Practice of Forgiveness. Part Three. 10 Forgiveness at Nickel Mines. 11 What About Shunning? 12 Grief, Providence, and Justice. 13 Amish Grace and the Rest of Us. Afterword (2010). Interview with Terri Roberts. Appendix: The Amish of North America. Endnotes. Resources for Further Reading. Acknowledgments. The Authors. Index. Discussion and Reflection Guide. The Fetzer Institute.