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Publisher's 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.

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

28 of 31 people found this review helpful

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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.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Turned heartbreak into hope for me

This book works at two levels. First, it's a very helpful book in understanding who the Amish are and why they do things so differently. Very few people live their lives as in tune with their faith as the Amish do.

Second, of course, is the tragedy of the schoolhouse shooting. I don't think I'll ever understand that. But the horror turned to incredible outpouring of grace from those who lost loved ones in this. This was utterly shocking to the world, because it seems so much against our "human nature". This book digs down deep into what it means to be Amish, and how and why their natural response was so forgiving and loving. It stands as a challenge to me to examine my faith and ask why that faith does not inform my actions more. I think it also asks the question larger -- how can we create a more loving and supporting community?

13 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Informative But Some Repetiion

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This was informative about the Amish way of life and their beliefs, but did seem to repeat itself about repercussions of the event at the Nickel Mines school.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

It would have been interesting to interview more people who were impacted by this tragedy.

How could the performance have been better?

The reader of this book sounded like he was just reading text, not really feeling what the book was expressing. He often pronounced the word "a" as a long a sound, rather than our conversational "uh" pronunciation, making the reading a bit stilted.

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A great read!!

As a Christian, the subject of grace intrigues me. Although I do not embrace the amish doctrines, I found this book encouraging and a fascinating explanation of how the Amish treat such a tragedy as the killing of these children.
It helped me in my own walk with God to understand the grace He offers His children.

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Well written, informative and thought provoking.

I have gained a deeper respect for the Amish people, their faith, and their unwavering believe in the power of forgiveness. Though they live a lifestyle that may be simpler than mine their faith in God, love for family, and commitment to Christ's commandments stand as an example that shines bright in a needy wotld.

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<br />beautiful response to God's love, scandalous Love

challenging and beautiful response to God's love and scandalous response to such great hurt, demonstration of God's kingdom

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Boring

What would have made Amish Grace better?

I would not recommend this book it was very hard to understand. I was looking for the story on what happened to the families not general facts on what happens to all Amish people.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I think my next book will be a true cime book

How could the performance have been better?

More energy the person reading the book should like the book.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Amish Grace?

all general stats on Amish people

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Imagine a World w/ a lot more Peace, Love, Family

I can’t help but think “how much more wonderful this world would be if we all thought and did as the Amish”. After reading this book, I’m convinced of it now. I know, I know… “they don’t seem of this world”… but, neither did Jesus Christ I’m sure.

I recommend that readers take the time to slow it down when reading this book, let it sink in, try to set your biases aside and just appreciate the Amish for who they are and how they want to live their lives on this Earth.

None of us is perfect (and neither are the Amish), but imagine a world that is a lot more loving, a lot more simplistic, a lot less stress and hustle bustle.

Imagine.

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Amish Grace

This is a most touching book about the murders of children and how the Amish Grace could forgive and love the family of the murderer. This book creates in you a desire to examine your own ability to forgive- and I found myself alittle short in the area. I loved this book.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful