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

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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: 3828 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: #120,098 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By MrsGoose on October 2, 2013
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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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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By the GreatReads! TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 30, 2013
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Described as a Conservative Christian and family man, Charles Carl Roberts IV, 32, was married and a father of three. He was a milk delivery person from Bart township. On October 2, 2006 he entered a one-room Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, took 10 girls hostage, shot them killing five of them before taking his own life as police stormed into the school by breaking through the window. A pregnant woman, three parents with infants, and all fifteen male students were told to leave the school by Roberts.

A news report in the aftermath of the incident claimed he had been planning the attacks for a week and had brought along a 9 mm handgun, a 12 gauge shotgun, a rifle, a bag of black powder, two knives, tools, a stun gun, 600 rounds of ammunition, KY sexual lubricant, wire and plastic ties. The wire and plastic items presumably to be used for securing the victims, and KY jelly apparently to sexually assault the girls. Perhaps anticipating a long siege, he also brought a change of clothing.

According to reports, Roberts phoned his wife from within the school house before he murdered the children. Ironically, his wife was said to be leading a prayer group at the time that was organized to pray for school children in their community.

When Marie Roberts Monville learned that her husband was the Nickel Mines Amish schoolhouse shooter, she was shattered and thought her life was over. What she never anticipated was a life-changing encounter with God reaching deep into her circumstances and rewriting all she believed about herself and her faith.

Recounting her ordeal for the first time, Marie shares a heartbreaking story of a woman whose husband murdered innocent children and who through her pain and suffering embraced the love and mercy of God.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lori Case on October 5, 2013
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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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Susan M. Houck on October 11, 2013
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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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. B. on October 22, 2013
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Victoria on October 12, 2013
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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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