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Think No Evil: Inside the Story of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting...and Beyond Hardcover – September 22, 2009
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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
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 -
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Foolish me for not reading the cover more closely. Glenn Beck of all people endorsed this book. I didn't notice his quote on the cover when I ordered it from Amazon. Read morePublished 12 months ago by JDC
Read this book. If you think you are a Christian: read this book. If you think you know the power of forgiveness: read this book.Published 14 months ago by Jaws13
It is an interesting read on the Amish. But the greater good is their understanding of forgiveness. It made me want to strive to do much better.Published 17 months ago by Sarah White
great book! I bought it as a Psych major and thought that I would be learning more about the crime and the killer but was pleasantly surprised when it was more about forgiveness. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Anika
I was looking forward to reading this as I grew up going to nickel mines pool and also had friends that were on sight that horrible day. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jill K. Pestun