Think No Evil: Inside the Story of the Amish   Schoolhouse Shooting . . . and Beyond  -     By: Jonas Beil, Shawn Smucker
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Think No Evil: Inside the Story of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting . . . and Beyond

Howard Books / 2009 / Hardcover

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On October 2, 2006, the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, was in shock after a truck driver shot 10 young girls---leaving five of them dead. In this first-person account, counselor Beiler describes the families' responses to the horrific act---and how they demonstrated God's love by reaching out in forgiveness to the killer's family. 224 pages, hardcover from Howard.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 1416562982
ISBN-13: 9781416562986
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Publisher's Description

An insider’s look into the events surrounding the nickel mines amish schoolhouse shootings—told by the counselor who was called upon to come to the farmhouse where the families met on that fateful day.

On October 2, 2006, Charles Roberts, a local milk-tank truck driver, bound and shot ten young girls in an Amish schoolhouse before committing suicide. Five girls died. Five others were severely injured and left in critical condition. In the aftermath of the massacre, the Amish community shunned the media. But they requested that Amishraised counselor Jonas Beiler come to the scene to offer his moral and spiritual support.

In Think No Evil, Beiler offers his first-person account of the events, as well as of those who were closest to the scene: the surviving children, the volunteer fireman Rob Beiler, the local counseling center director Brad Aldricha, and Vietta Zook, aboard the first ambulance to arrive. Beiler poignantly describes the Amish families’ responses to this horrific violence as they reached out to the shocked family members of the killer, offering unconditional forgiveness.

The story didn’t end on that horrible day with the deaths of those five little girls. Think No Evil follows the ongoing story of this gentle community having faith in God’s design, of truly demonstrating Christian values, of responding with resilient love in the face of evil, of demolishing the scene of the murders and rebuilding the schoolhouse, and of determining to move forward in living out their faith in peace.

Author Bio

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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  1. Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 3, 2013
    James Ruberg
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It's always hard to read a book about tragedy, but "Think No Evil," spends a lot of time helping us understand an appropriate response to tragedy. The Amish know how to respond. That's one of their character traits that they've passed down from generation to generation for over 500 years. Everyone of us could learn from the Amish!

    The Amish response to the shooter's wife and children was tremendous and Christ-like. The path of forgiveness is the path that leads to freedom. The author gives some practical suggestions on forgiveness. We've all heard the phrase, "Forgive and forget." The problem with that is we're cognitive people and we remember. Maybe we should forgive because we cannot forget. The Amish have painted a beautiful portrait of forgiveness by choosing to forgive daily! And, they teach that to their children and grandchildren!

    This book may bring tears of sorrow to your eyes, but it may also bring tears of joy as you see people respond to tragedy with grace, love, mercy, and comfort. This is by far one of the best books I have ever read!
  2. Bucks County, PA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Think No Evil: A Story of Spectacular Forgiveness
    November 15, 2011
    Bucks County, PA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Have you ever read a book in which you thought, "That was a good book!" and yet the subject matter was so sobering that you felt funny thinking that? That is my reaction to Think No Evil by Jonas Beiler and Shawn Smucker. This book is well worth reading, I wholeheartedly recommend it.

    October 2, 2006 is a date that will be etched into the minds of the Amish living in Nickel Mines and the larger community of "English" that surrounds it. For it was on that day that a lone gunman, someone that a good number of them knew, sent five girls into eternity, five others into life-threatening injuries and then shot himself at an Amish schoolhouse. Blasting away at ten young to little girls and then turning the weapon on himself, Charles Roberts victimized those girls, their families, his own family, the Amish as a whole community, emergency responders and so many more.

    The tragedy got our attention but what happened next gripped the nation. The Amish immediately began the process of forgiveness. This book tells the story of what happened, some of the background of what occurred and then explains the unexplainable: how grief-stricken people who had their daughters killed or seriously injured by a mad-man could forgive the assailant and reach beyond their own pain to see and desire to help the Roberts' family in their grief too. This is their story as told by someone who was once numbered among them, having been raised in an Amish household.

    Something I didn't expect from this book was some good, practical counsel on forgiveness. Jonas Beiler's life had its share of tragedies and trials. He writes what he learned and what helped him as well as his understanding of Amish upbringing to help us all to forgive even though we cannot forget.

    If you are struggling with forgiveness, this book is for you. We have all heard that we should forgive even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven us. This book gives a modern example to add to God's in the Amish of Nickel Mines. If they could forgive such evil, what's holding you or me back from forgiving that one person against whom we still hold ill-feeling?
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    October 25, 2010
    Ontario Canada
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    too much info on rescue service people, their lives and other filler. I was hoping to learn more about the amish families lives.
  4. Ohio
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    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful insight out of a real story.
    October 21, 2010
    Nedra Butler
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Wonderful insight into dealing with the past issues & what forgiveness as a way of life does to help us heal & live again. We forgive because we cannot forget.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    February 2, 2010
    Margaret Thatcher
    I had wanted to read this book for some time,not because I wanted the details of the murders, but because of the response of the Amish Community to them. I was not disappointed. The author focuses on the mainresponse of the people, which was forgiveness.The news reports brought that out, but this author drew a complete picture of forgiveness and the ability to minister to those who have harmed you. It certainly moved me to consider how well I have forgiven those I've encountered in my own life.
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