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9780470344040

Amish Grace : How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy

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  • ISBN13:

    9780470344040

  • ISBN10:

    0470344040

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-03-22
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass

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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

Author Biography

Donald B. Kraybill, Ph.D., is senior fellow at the Young Center of Elizabethtown College. Among his many publications, he has authored or coauthored 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 Messiah College. His books on Amish life explore outsiders' fascination with and perceptions of the Amish.

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.

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