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Kindness and Compassion: The Inspiring Aftermath of the Tragic Amish Schoolhouse Shootings
by Bruce Becker
The inspiring story of one man's true encounters during the tragic Amish Schoolhouse shootings. A message for everyone developed through his meetings with all those involved: the Amish families and children, the schoolteacher, the gunman's family, State Troopers and thousands more.
Paperback, 308 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Masthof Press
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Bruce Becker was painting an Amish bell on the morning of the Amish school shootings in 2006. This book tells the story of the aftermath of that shooting from Becker's perspective. From selling prints of the painting to raise money to help the families, to intimate meetings with both the Amish families and the gunman's, to interviews by national media, we read of the journey this painting took Becker on. The consistent message of Becker is to focus not on the horrific day but on how the Amish ...more
Beautiful, spiritual story about how we are all connected to something bigger than ourselves. Bruce Becker, an artist from my hometown, happened to be painting a bell from an old Amish schoolhouse on the same day as that terrible shooting. He was so energized by this connection and by the Amish's forgiveness and unwavering kindness - family members whose children were killed even attended the gunman's funeral - that he wanted to spread their message of love using his painting. Much as I enjoyed ...more