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Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy
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On Monday morning, October 2, 2006, a gunman entered a one-room Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. In front of twenty-five horrified pupils, thirty-two-year-old Charles Roberts ordered the boys and the teacher to leave. After tying the legs of the ten remaining girls, Roberts prepared to shoot them execution with an automatic rifle and four hundred rounds of ammunition that he brought for the task. The oldest hostage, a thirteen-year-old, begged Roberts to "shoot me first and let the little ones go." Refusing her offer, he opened fire on all of them, killing five and leaving the others critically wounded. He then shot himself as police stormed the building. His motivation? "I'm angry at God for taking my little daughter," he told the children before the massacre.

The story captured the attention of broadcast and print media in the United States and around the world. By Tuesday morning some fifty television crews had clogged the small village of Nickel Mines,...

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The story captured the attention of broadcast and print media in the United States and around the world. By Tuesday morning some fifty television crews had clogged the small village of Nickel Mines, staying...

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Preface xi

Part One 1

1 The Nickel Mines Amish 3

2 The Shooting 17

3 The Aftermath 29

4 The Surprise 43

5 The Reactions 53

Part Two 65

6 The Habit of Forgiveness 67

7 The Roots of Forgiveness 85

8 The Spirituality of Forgiveness 99

9 The Practice of Forgiveness 113

Part Three 123

10 Forgiveness at Nickel Mines 125

11 What About Shunning? 141

12 Grief, Providence, and Justice 155

13 Amish Grace and the Rest of Us 173

Afterword (2010) 185

Interview with Terri Roberts 191

Appendix: The Amish of North America 201

Endnotes 215

Resources for Further Reading 229

Acknowledgments 233

The Authors 235

Index 237

Discussion and Reflection Guide 249

The Fetzer Institute 267