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One Light Still Shines: My Life Beyond the Shadow of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Marie Monville, a lifetime resident of the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, area, often sat alongside her father in his milk truck as he served his Amish and non-Amish neighbors. She married her high school sweetheart, then gave birth to three children. The first 28 years of her life were quiet, predictable, and full of regular day-to-day country living. That all changed on October 2, 2006, the day her husband barricaded the Amish schoolhouse at Nickel Mines. Today, Marie is remarried to Dan Monville, and she speaks nationwide as she and Dan raise their five children in the Lancaster, PA, area.

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  • File Size: 3832 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (September 30, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 30, 2013
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BW29466
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,341 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book has touched my heart. Marie Monville fills the pages with artful illustrations that the Illustrator of life wrote into her life. So blessed to have read this story & thankful that she chose not only to share it but to see his work in her life even in great tragedy.
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I live about 10 minutes from where this happened. I remember I had actually just gotten home from my Moms-In-Touch meeting (a different one than Marie's) and I heard siren after siren. I couldn't imagine what had happened that would need so many emergency vehicles. After I found out about the shooting my first thought was of the Amish children and their families and my second thought was of Marie and her family.

So many times I wished I knew Marie but I didn't so I just prayed fiercely for her and her family. I also prayed for Charlie's family. For his mother, father and his siblings. Of course I also prayed for the Amish families and their children.

What a beautiful story of obedience and forgiveness. Imagine what this world would be like if every tragedy and problem were handled as this one was.

It is a perfect example of how to and how not to handle our problems.

Read the book. It is inspirational and will change how you live your life!

Susan Houck - Gap, Pennsylvania
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This book was totally awesome. I loved it and could not put it down. Thank you for a great book and sharing your life.
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Marie has a wonderful way with words and is down-to-earth, honest and insightful. I already knew much of the story but still found myself shedding tears. I don't think anyone could read this and not be moved. Surely many of us wondered what it would be like to be in her shoes. She was so young and had such young children. It was brave of her to share her story when she is obviously a private person. I appreciate it. Not only is the story compelling (I couldn't put the book down once started), but she is a gifted writer. I hope she continues to write.
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Remember the Amish schoolhouse shooting? I do, and figured it was probably a couple of years ago. I was pretty shocked to realize that it happened in 2006 -- 7 years ago now. One Light Still Shines: My Life Beyond the Shadow of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting tells the tale, not of what happened during the shooting, but of what happened afterwards to the wife of the shooter.

She (Marie) was a 28-year-old mom of 3 young kids. She'd been raised in the church and was a classic "good girl," so when she learned that while she was at a prayer meeting, her seemingly good guy, Christian husband had shot up a nearby Amish schoolhouse, killing 5 little girls and injuring others, and killing himself as well, she couldn't believe it.

In the days and weeks following the shooting, she and her children were showered with goodwill from all the people you'd expect, and many you might not: the day of the shooting, several Amish men (including some whose children had been killed) came to the house where she were staying and offered their full forgiveness to her, as well as offers to help her in any way they could.

Marie makes some observations about the whole incomprehensible situation: God believed in me enough that he allowed me to be Charlie's wife, even though he knew that these circumstances would arise and threaten to destroy everything I held dear. He allowed me to walk the road that led here anyway. Another time she sensed God telling her, You know only limits. I am limitless.

God richly blessed Marie, giving her an almost unbelievably caring and optimistic family (her mom, who was with her throughout, commented shortly after the shooting, "I can't wait until God does something grand in this situation." Wow -- that is pretty much not what I would be thinking!
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When I first heard of this book I knew I did not want to read it - there was too such pain and sadness in recalling this terrible, tragic story. In addition to the innocent lives taken that day, there was an entire community that suffered and continues to deal with the aftermath of a mad man's actions... no, I did not want to read this.

And then I just happened to see the online video introduction to her story by Marie Monville, and I began to change my mind. I was impressed at who this woman was and intrigued at her desire to not retell the shooter's story, but to tell her own story of hope and healing. Next my friends began recommending the book..."highly"! And finally, my book club choose it for our monthly selection.

It is beautifully and sensitively written. The story is of how God provided and how the Amish community reached out to Marie and her family. It is about healing and wholeness. It is about miracles. It is about a glimmer of light that shown like a beacon in Marie's life. My great thanks to this author for offering her story as a way of allowing us all to move forward from the great pains in our lives.
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I was intrigued by the topic, but Marie seemed so upbeat throughout the whole work, and she always seemed to be using whatever monetary gifts she received to take her kids on lavish trips...for such a devout woman, I would have thought she would have used that money to fund her kids college educations, or donate them to the families of the victims. A good read, but not one that I would recommend to others. I feel horrible for her family to have to live with the aftermath of her husband's actions.
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