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THINK NO EVIL by JONAS BEILER with SHAWN SMUCKER - REVIEWED


Think No Evil
By Jonas Beiler with Shawn Smucker
Published by Howard Books
ISBN# 678-1-4165-62968-6
213 Pages


Back Cover: The Amish will be the first to tell you they’re not perfect. But they do a lot of things right. FORGIVENESS is one of them.

A one-room schoolhouse sat amid the gentle, quaint Amish community in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. It made such a picturesque scene with its wide, welcoming front porch and white clapboard fence, set peacefully among rolling green farm fields and filled with Amish children settling into their desks after running and playing outside.

Until a gunman entered the school.












Review: 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 on 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. The Amish 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 to 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.

This will definitely give you a deeper understanding into the Amish community and how the world watched and responded. You’ll just have to read this for yourself - it will touch you deeply. You won’t look at forgiveness the same.

Nora St. Laurent
Christian Fiction on-line Magazine Columinist


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3 comments:

  1. Oh, this book sounds like it would be a good one to read. Thanks

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  2. The Amish have a lot to teach us if we will only observe their quiet faith. Christ followers should be all about love and forgiveness instead of condemnation and judgement.
    This books sounds like it can have an influence on all who read it. I must put it on my list.
    thanks,
    Ginger
    Suwanee, GA

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  3. Nora, This book sounds like it would be a book that challenges us to live as we should as Christians - to be willing to forgive just as Christ did. What a message the Amish have for the rest of us. I want to read this book. It sounds really good. Tisha

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