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THE TRUE STORY OF OCTOBER 2, 2006, WHEN CHARLES ROBERTS ENTERED AN AMISH SCHOOLHOUSE, bound and shot ten schoolgirls, and then committed suicide, stunned all who read the headlines or watched the drama unfold on television screens. Somehow, the senseless violence seemed all the more horrific against the backdrop of horse-and-buggy funeral processions and scenes of wide-eyed innocent children clad in bonnets and suspenders.

But perhaps even more startling than the violence was the quiet yet powerful response of the Amish community offering unconditional forgiveness to the murderer and reaching out to his family with baskets of food and warm welcomes into their homes. Could such forgiveness be genuine, truly heartfelt? Surely there must be simmering rage behind those peaceful words.

Jonas Beiler wondered. He had grown up in that very Amish community. His own pain of losing his daughter in a tragic accident years before resurfaced, and the lingering shadows of other life tragedies loomed darker. As he met with the grieving families, he could see how devastated and broken they felt, and yet he was drawn to the strength he saw in them.

Outsiders, too, had difficulty understanding the rock-solid faith of the people in this Amish community. How could they forgive someone who killed their innocent daughters? How could they reach out and embrace his family, expressing unconditional love for them in these circumstances? Letters from around the world poured in, asking these universal questions in the face of suffering.

And so began Jonas Beiler's journey into this story -- the story behind the headlines, behind the farmhouse doors, around the lantern-lit kitchen tables, at the local market, and alongside the tiny coffins. His quest is now yours to read. His discoveries yours to consider.

Walk with those closest to the scene: an Amish grandfather, an ambulance driver, a surviving Amish schoolgirl, and volunteer firefighters. Even look on as the community demolishes the school where the murders took place and builds the New Hope School that holds no memories of bloodstained walls.

Think No Evil is the first insider account of the tragic events, the personal victories and the daily Amish life in Nickel Mines, written by a native of the Amish community who still lives and works where most of his relatives are Old Order Amish. Against the rich and fascinating backdrop of Amish culture, Beiler reveals the best of the human spirit in the midst of the worst, and leaves us all drawn heavenward, the richer for it.

Author Bio

Jonas Beiler grew up in a traditional Old-Order Amish family in the 1950s. He is the cofounder and chairman of The Angela Foundation. He is also a licensed family counselor and founder of Family Resource and Counseling Center and The Family Center of Gap, both located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. 

Jonas is married to Anne Beiler, founder and creator of Auntie Anne’s Soft Pretzels, an acclaimed international pretzel franchise. 

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"A STORY THAT SHOULD NEVER BE FORGOTTEN." -- GLENN BECK

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    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
    Beacon2Light
    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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    bettymbg
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    Quality: 3
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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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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful insight out of a real story.
    October 21, 2010
    Nedra Butler
    Ohio
    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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