Amish Grace in Pennsylvania |TODAY|
Submitted by dan. on 2007-09-24 23:24.
"Shoot me first," 13-year-old Marian Fisher told Charles Carl Roberts IV as he stood over 10 Amish girls last Oct. 2 in the little wooden schoolhouse in Bart Township. Roberts straight away shot Marian and four other students to death at the West Nickel Mines School on White Oak Road. He wounded the rest and then committed suicide. Within hours, numerous Old Order Amish from the Georgetown area publicly forgave Roberts. They also reached out socially and financially to Roberts' widow, Marie, and have continued to do so in the months since the crime.
Their olive branch quickly eclipsed the story of the massacre and is now the subject of a book by Plain Sect scholars Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt and David L. Weaver-Zercher.
Published this month by Jossey-Bass, "Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy" is both lyrical and empirical in its analysis.
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