How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy
Reference Information for the Book
- Name of Book: Amish Grace
- Author Names: Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt, David L. Weaver-Zercher
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass
- Year Released and/or ISBN Number: 978-0-7879-9761-8
Type of Book
About the Writing
- The remarkable response of the Amish Community to the shooting of ten schoolgirls at Nickel Mines, PA, in October in 2006, stunned the world. Amish Grace tells the incredible story of how a community, little known to many, goes about forgiving others, where the larger society seeks out revenge instead of an amazing ability to forgive. Many outsiders view the Amish people as backwards because of their dress and the shunning of modern technological advances. Their buggies, beards and bonnets makes them seem different, but their real difference is how these humble people live their lives and take care of each other in a very loving way.
Amish Grace explores the many questions the story raises about the religious beliefs that lead the Amish to forgive so quickly, where others seek revenge, in a world where religion spawns so much violence and vengeance, yet their communities are held together by the words of: The Lord's Prayer.
About the Authors
- There are three authors: Donald B. Kraybill, Ph.D., is a senior fellow at the Young Center of Elizabethtown College. Among his many publications, he has authored or co-authored numerous books on Amish society. The Young Center fielded hundreds of media calls in the week following the shooting.
Steven M. Nolt, Ph.D., is professor of history at Goshen College. He has written extensively on Amish history and culture.
David L. Weaver-Zercher, Ph.D., is associate professor of American religious history at Mesiah College. His books on Amish life explore outsiders fascination with and perceptions of the Amish.
Some Quotes about the Book
- "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 connets it to the heart of their spirituality."---SISTER HELEN PREJEAN, author, Dead Man Walking
"Amish Grace dissects the deep-rooted pattern of Amish forgiveness and grace that, after the Nnickle Mines tragedy, caused the world to gasp." PHILLIP YANCEY, author, What's So Amazing Abour Grace
Why I Enjoyed Reading the Book
- While I lived in Ohio during my high school years I had some close contact with the Amish community and its head, Abe Weaver. He had a beard down to his knees and drove a typical Amish buggy that was powered by two horses. He was a regular sight in Chardon and Thompson, Ohio. This book touched my many visual memories about the Amish and opened my eyes about what they believed and practiced in their religious and spiritual lives. I am truly amazed the Amish tradition is still pretty much the same as it was 60 years ago when I knew them in Ohio. The Amish life, community, and love for one and other is an amazing testimony and witness to what it is truly like the live by The Lord's Prayer in spirit and deed no matter the situation.
The Good the Bad and the Ugly
By this community's forgiveness the world at large gave millions of dollars to help the victim's families of the shootings in an unprecedented outreach of humanity; and then some people began to question if it was such a good thing to forgive so quickly. The authors interviewed hundreds of Amish in the community and others that were outsiders entwined in the community. These interviews portrayed by the authors explored the elements of grace and how it impacted these hundreds of people. This could be called an advanced tutorial on grace, and its practice.