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Based on a true story and the book Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy by Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt, and David L. Weaver-Zercher, Amish Grace chronicles the community of Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, forever changed when a gunman senselessly takes the lives of five girls in a schoolhouse shooting before taking his own life in October of 2006. What transpires takes the town by storm, as the media descend on the city and criticize its Amish leaders for their notion of unconditional forgiveness and their outreach of support to the gunman's widow. Through the eyes of a grieving mother, Ida Graber (Kimberly Williams-Paisley; Father of the Bride films, "According to Jim"), and other devastated families, the film explores the Amish community's astonishing reaction of compassion to the horrific events that shook their town and tested their faith.
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Ida (Kimberly Williams-Paisley), mother of a murdered child, struggles with her own Amish faith through the ordeal. But even she learns, from the courage of her child, forgiveness is essential and she says, "I can do no less." Jill Green (Fay Masterson), is a TV-reporter caught up in getting the story plus her own education about grace. Tammy Blanchard plays the wife of the killer. Matt Letcher is Gideon, Ida's Amish husband and one of the first to offer Amish Grace.
I remember the days the real Nickel Mines story rolled across the TV and covered the front page of every newspaper. It sickened your heart and brought men to tears. This DVD is so well done, beautifully filmed, with excellent music, that the emotion returns, even for those of us who watched and remember. This is a realistic depiction of the Amish community. I live in an area of Indiana Amish, little different than those at Nickel Mines, and can attest that the presentation is very authentic.
I also have read the book "Amish Grace" (excellent, buy it) & listened to one of the book's 3 authors talk about the good Amish people. "Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy" is by Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt, and David L. Weaver-Zercher; all experts in the life, history, and faith of the Amish. The DVD was expertly created from the facts and history provided in the book by these 3 men. This story is not Hollywood, it is reality, and the godly people of the event are honestly depicted.
The DVD does have SUBTITLES. It is unrated, but would pass for PG or G, in my opinion, at least teenage and older. This is a MUST VIEW. I am so glad I OWN it, and can share it with friends.
It will remind viewers, like me, that life is too short to hate. Amish Grace. If they can do it; "I can do no less."