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Amish Grace

By Donald B. Kraybill,Steven M. Nolt,David L. Weaver-Zercher
  • ISBN Code: : 9780470873816
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Pages : 288
  • Category : Religion
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  • Book Compatibility : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Pdf : amish-grace.pdf

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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, staying for five days until the killer and the killed were buried. The blood was barely dry on the schoolhouse floor when Amish parents brought words of forgiveness to the family of the one who had slain their children. The outside world was incredulous that such forgiveness could be offered so quickly for such a heinous crime. Of the hundreds of media queries that the authors received about the shooting, questions about forgiveness rose to the top. Forgiveness, in fact, eclipsed the tragic story, trumping the violence and arresting the world's attention. Within a week of the murders, Amish forgiveness was a central theme in more than 2,400 news stories around the world. The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, NBC Nightly News, CBS Morning News, Larry King Live, Fox News, Oprah, and dozens of other media outlets heralded the forgiving Amish. From the Khaleej Times (United Arab Emirates) to Australian television, international media were opining on Amish forgiveness. Three weeks after the shooting, "Amish forgiveness" had appeared in 2,900 news stories worldwide and on 534,000 web sites. Fresh from the funerals where they had buried their own children, grieving Amish families accounted for half of the seventy-five people who attended the killer's burial. Roberts' widow was deeply moved by their presence as Amish families greeted her and her three children. The forgiveness went beyond talk and graveside presence: the Amish also supported a fund for the shooter's family. AMISH GRACE explores the many questions this story raises about the religious beliefs and habits that led the Amish to forgive so quickly. It looks at the ties between forgiveness and membership in a cloistered communal society and ask if Amish practices parallel or diverge from other religious and secular notions of forgiveness. It will also address the matter of why forgiveness became news. "All the religions teach it," mused an observer, "but no one does it like the Amish." Regardless of the cultural seedbed that nourished this story, the surprising act of Amish forgiveness begs for a deeper exploration. How could the Amish do this? What did this act mean to them? And how might their witness prove useful to the rest of us?

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  • Pdf File: two-different-religions.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Religion plays a crucial role in the culture and history of nations. Christianity and Islam command the most followers with two billion and 1.3 billion, respectively. Both started in the Middle East. But each spread through a different path. Some interpret 'jihad' as moral strife against the self while others think of it as an obligation to defend the faith against its enemies. So the question is 'jihad' moral or violent? The book discusses how Islam views Christianity? Did technology alter the way clerics in Muslim-majority countries monopoly teaching the Islamic faith? How did the Internet, satellite television, and smart phones influence social life and extend to the spiritual realm? The second half of the twentieth century had seen some eventful developments in the Middle East. Political changes proved far reaching, sometimes with detrimental outcomes. How did recent events affect Egypt--the most pivotal country in the Arab world? Did fanaticism survive in Egypt?

Amish Love Be Patient

By Rachel Stoltzfus
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  • Publisher : GG Press
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 163
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 373
  • Pdf File: amish-love-be-patient.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Abram broke his promise. Can she trust him again? Abram doesn't want to scare his wife. He never meant to hurt her. And he hates that he lost his temper, causing his wife to flee to her parent's home with their baby. But he knows it is his fault, and he knows he must do better. With the help of his community, a therapist, and God, Abram begins to trace the threads that have led him, in spite of his faith, to violence. But knowledge is nothing without action. He has the tools. He has the will. Is that enough? Find out in Amish Love be Patient, Book 5 of the Peace Valley Amish series. Amish Peace Valley is an uplifting Christian series about the saving grace of faith, community, and love. If you love a book about a man facing his own demons to save his marriage, start reading Amish Love Be Patient today. Great for lovers of Amish romance novels, Amish romance authors, Amish romances, Amish romance writers, Amish romance book, Amish romance fiction, Amish romance novel excerpt, best Amish romance authors, Amish Christian romance authors, list of Amish romance authors, Amish romance books, Amish romance books online, free Amish romance books, Amish Christian romance books, Amish contemporary romance, Amish romance collection, Amish English romance, Amish romance fisher, Amish romance movies, what is Amish romance, good Amish romance, list of Amish romance, Amish romance novel authors, top Amish romance novels, Amish romance novels read online, Amish romance series, Amish romance stories, Lancaster PA, Amish country, Lancaster county saga, Amish books series, Amish New Books, Amish books fiction, Amish books, Amish books authors, Amish Christmas books, Amish life books, Amish books, Amish girl book, Amish living books, living Amish, Amish book series authors, Amish bookends, Amish reading books, Amish next book, Amish bookstore, Amish and Mennonite books, Amish grace, Amish fiction series, Amish fiction 2019, Amish fiction book club, inspirational Amish fiction, inspirational Amish, Amish ebook, Amish girl book, Amish culture, Amish books to read, Amish 2019, Amish upcoming books about the Amish lifestyle.

Disarming the Church

By Eric A. Seibert
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  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 1620328879
  • Total of Pages : 342
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 171
  • Pdf File: disarming-the-church.pdf

Book Short Summary:

If Christians follow the Prince of Peace, why do they often behave so violently? What can be done to transform the church so that it looks more like Jesus? Eric Seibert explores these questions in this important and timely study. He builds a biblical and practical case for living nonviolently in all areas of life and urges Christians to reexamine their most fundamental attitudes toward violence, warfare, and killing. Through true stories and careful analysis, Seibert demonstrates that it is possible to resolve conflict, correct injustice, and stop oppression without resorting to violence. Many nonviolent alternatives are discussed throughout the book, alternatives that can be used in a wide range of situations, from dealing with an unwanted intruder at home to removing a dictator from power. In a world filled with so much violence, hate, and fear, alternatives like these are desperately needed. This book offers hope that a better way is possible, one that has the potential to transform the church and change the world. So read on and join in!

Prizing His Passion

By John S. Oldfield
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  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 153267144X
  • Total of Pages : 208
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 298
  • Pdf File: prizing-his-passion.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Ideal for Lent, but useful at any season and on any reading schedule, Prizing His Passion will help both the curious and the committed to grasp the immense significance of the sufferings of Jesus of Nazareth on behalf of sin-plagued humans. Approaching the relevant biblical truths from multiple angles, it will provide you with a deeper understanding of what He experienced and said during the hours that culminated in His death on a first-century Roman cross. It will reveal the reality and relevance of it all for you as you struggle to find your spiritual footing here in the twenty-first century. Godspeed as you travel the road to Golgotha, to Calvary!

Relevant

By Tom Couser
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  • Publisher : WestBow Press
  • Book Code : 1512727946
  • Total of Pages : 110
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 502
  • Pdf File: relevant.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Many millennials, those born in the last two decades of the twentieth century, have turned their backs to mainline Christianity. Young adults who grew up in the church have not followed the faith traditions of their parents. Tom Couser proposes that the churchs message is still relevant and speaks to the needs of millennials. In this book he examines the issues and obstacles that keep the church from being effective in reaching todays teens and young adults.

Health, Healing and the Church's Mission

By Willard M. Swartley
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  • Publisher : InterVarsity Press
  • Book Code : 0830863303
  • Total of Pages : 268
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 589
  • Pdf File: health-healing-and-the-church-s-mission.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Does the Christian community have the resources to develop a coherent response to today?s health care challenges? In a comprehensive survey covering the full scope of the Bible and three millennia of Christian belief and practice, Willard Swartley fleshes out the central place of health care in the church?s mission.

Comparative Christianity

By Thomas Arthur Russell
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  • Publisher : Universal-Publishers
  • Book Code : 1599428776
  • Total of Pages : 212
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 841
  • Pdf File: comparative-christianity.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Comparative Christianity: A Student's Guide to a Religion and its Diverse Traditions explores what Christians have in common and then works through the three major subdivisions of the faith: Eastern, Roman, and Protestant. Using categories common to many definitions of religion, each chapter employs the categories of belief, individual and group moral codes, ceremonies, and associations. The book is a good choice for a textbook on Christianity, for the general reader and/or the follower of other religious traditions who want to learn about the Christian faith. By reading this book, readers will have a fuller knowledge of what Christians, whatever tradition, have in common and what distinguishes one Christian group from another. Comparative Christianity is different than other similar books on the market. It includes groups normally ignored, such as the Coptic and Ethiopian Orthodox Christians and Mormon groups beyond the scope of the Salt Lake City Latter-day Saints community (including the recent Texas group at the center of a polygamy controversy). Also, Comparative Christianity includes a review quiz at the end of each chapter so that readers can see how much knowledge they have acquired. These quizzes may also be used by professors if the text is used in a course.