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About the Author

Jonas Beiler
grew up in a strict and traditional Old Order Amish family during the 1950s. Now he is the cofounder and chairman of the Angela Foundation. He is also a licensed family counselor and founder of the Family Resource and Counseling Center in Gap, Pennsylvania.

Shawn Smucker
is a native of Lancaster County in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. His mother grew up Amish and his father was in the Beachy Amish Church. A graduate of Messiah College, this is his second book.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; First Edition, First Printing edition (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416562982
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416562986
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #772,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Out of Our Pain, Our Purpose was Born"

Born and raised in the Amish-Mennonite community of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Jonas and Anne Beiler grew up surrounded by faith and family. During these early years, important life lessons were permanently woven into the fabric of their lives.

Jonas and Anne both attended traditional Amish schools until the 8th grade. They met as teens and were married by the age of 21 and 19, respectively.

Jonas and Anne's peaceful life as newlyweds and young parents went into a tailspin after the death of their 19-month-old daughter, Angela Joy, who died tragically in a farming accident in 1975. Anne, in her mid-20s at the time, found herself depressed and eventually on the brink of suicide. Despite being a faithful churchgoer, she didn't feel she could share her pain with friends or family members.

Jonas and Anne drifted apart. They remained silent partners who simply lived together and went through the motions of family life. They stayed together for the sake of their other two surviving daughters. Anne sought counsel from her pastor, who used the vulnerability of her grief to manipulate and control her for more than six years.

After confessing the manipulation to her husband, the Beilers sought counseling. The Beilers reconciled as God restored their marriage. Through the repair of their own marriage, God revealed that many others were suffering from the same despair and hopelessness. After studying at Dr. Richard Dobbins' EMERGE Ministries in Akron, Ohio, Jonas began providing lay counseling as a way to give back and help others.

To support Jonas' vision to help others, Anne bought a concession stand at a local farmers' market in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. She sold everything from pizza to ice cream, but it was the hand-rolled soft pretzels that customers couldn't get enough of. Because of the demand, Anne dropped the rest of the products and concentrated on perfecting the pretzel. Auntie Anne's Soft Pretzels was born.

Under the leadership of Jonas and Anne, Auntie Anne's grew from a single outlet to more than 950 locations worldwide, with a workforce of more than 10,000. Auntie Anne's, with its international headquarters in Lancaster, PA., is the world's largest hand-rolled soft pretzel chain offering snack and meal options to shoppers and travelers. Today, Auntie Anne's has over 300 franchisees in 20 countries and continues to be recognized for its superior product and service standards. In order to pursue their passion to strengthen families and build community, Auntie Anne's was sold to a private owner in April of 2005.

From their modest beginnings to the notable success of Auntie Anne's, Inc., the Beiler's have become one of the nation's leading entrepreneurs. In 1992, the Beilers founded the Family Resource and Counseling Center, a Christian, non-profit counseling facility which currently employees 24 people. In 2008 the Beilers founded The Family Center of Gap, a 55,000 square foot building created to meet the ever growing needs of the community. Through their time and resources, the Beilers continue to give back to the community they love so much.

The Family Center of Gap also houses numerous partner organizations. Some of those partners include the Salisbury Township Branch Library, Angela's Café, Cornerstone Pregnancy Care Services, Tree of Life Health Ministries, Hildebrandt Learning Centers, Gap Community Church, House on the Rock Family Ministries and Family Resource and Counseling Centers.

The Beilers have always believed in leading by example, doing business with integrity, and giving back to the community. While at Auntie Anne's, they demonstrated their business principles with the acronym, LIGHT: Lead by example; Invest in employees; Give freely; Honor God; and Treat all business contacts with integrity. These principles continue to LIGHT their way as they follow their passion to serve people, strengthen families, and build community.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Stacey VINE VOICE on September 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
"Think No Evil" is a thoroughly astounding read! Authors Jonas Beiler and Shawn Smucker share the horrific details of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting of October 2, 2006. I was amazed that even the style of writing was able to convey the peace and forgiveness of the Amish people. Not only did the Amish families who lost children, siblings and friends glorify God by not holding a grudge, these same people were able to minister to the shooter's family in their own time of need.

I am completely amazed at the faith that oozes from the pages of this book! Even though I recall hearing about the shooting back in the fall of 2006, my heart broke all over again as the story unfolded in these pages in greater detail that what I knew before. But the tone of the writing and the evident faith of the people represented in this book has healed that brokenness and restored hope. Christ is alive and well and living in the hearts of the people of Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. My prayer is that this work will serve to kindle the same love in those who read this book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nora A. Stlaurent on October 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
After such a tragedy how could the Amish not think of doing evil to the man that shot and killed their innocent little girls. It was an amazing site to behold for the world who takes an eye for an eye. Revenge is mine this world says--watch out. Forgiveness is the choice the Amish families made that tragic day October 2, 2006. "We forgive because we can not forget...God commanded them to forgive seventy times seven."

The author Jonas tells of how the peaceful Amish community quickly sought to comfort the shooters wife and his two small children. They knew they had nothing to do with the act done to their children.

I found it almost unbelievable as I read how the Amish community--who tries avoid the outside world and their influence as much as possible--was bombarded by the media monster after the killings by having cameras everywhere wanting to know every single detail of the tragedy.

The author says, "From the beginning...they saw this horrible tragedy as a way to bear witness to the world about the radical forgiveness they practice, which was learned from Jesus, who said of those who nailed him to a cross, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."

Jonas also relates."...The Amish were wise enough to tear down a "monument" that would remind them, ..of the pain dealt them by one man.." The author asks the question "Am I willing to dismantle those things that have caused me bitterness and pain in my own life?"

Great question, this is one amazing story of an ultimate, unbelievable event of forgiveness, and love not only to the killer of their children but to the killers' family and to a community that embraces violence.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gerald E. Stoltzfoos on March 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because I have experienced the outrageous power of forgiveness already. But this book helped me feel the power of letting go in a visceral way that is otherwise easy to miss in the blinding tsunami of the feelings of hurt.

When I got the book, I sat down to read a chapter or two one evening. Hours later I finally got up from that chair when I ran out of pages. I doubt if I was ever captured by a book the way this one grabbed my heart. I wept for hours and literally scanned the years of my own history to find people to forgive.

Then I bought 4 cases and begged all my friends to sit down and read it right now. This book is one of my favorite treasures, ever. You gotta read Think No Evil
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Martha A. on September 28, 2009
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I have to start out with just Wow.......!!! I am not sure if it was just the place I was at in my life or what, but I did not expect this book to have the great impact on my life that it did. When I received this book in the mail, I was sitting down with a cup of tea at the table (not my normal place to read) and I sat there just reading and reading. The tears started streaming down my face as I read this tale of horror, but mixed with how to survive, how to forgive and how to go on when you feel like your heart was ripped out by another person's sinful actions. The story of the Amish school shooting just seemed like a small part of this book, but instead I saw that Mr Beiler instead addressed the fact that these horrible things may effect you the rest of your life. The widow of the man who shot those young girls, the mothers who may feel guilty for leaving the school room with their daughters in there, the girls that survived and that is not to mention the flashbacks. I learned that forgiveness does not mean forgetting, but as one person stated which reached my heart was "We do not forgive and forget, we forgive because we cannot forget." Right now going through my own painful lesson in forgiveness, I realized that I can forgive because I can't forget. I have to forgive because I cannot let one person's sin ruin my life and continue on with the pattern.
This book will deeply touch you as it addressed much more than a horrible tragedy, but the story of how the author himself dealt with other personal grief as well. It really helped me understand what the verses "Love your Enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you and pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you." really mean in our daily lives. Don't miss this powerful book -
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