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Amish Grace by Donald B. Kraybill
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Mar 13, 09


Amish forgiveness, while expressed immediately, doesn't happen overnight. It is an ongoing process, but the forgiveness shows itself in deeds of kindness that spring from a long heritage of understanding that Christian forgiveness is the cornerstone of the faith. The central prayer for the Amish is the Lord's Prayer, and if one does not forgive one's debtors, one will not be forgiven. There is no choice between forgiving and not doing so. It becomes the essential ingredient. The Amish do not prosyletize or boast of their faith; they live it out in deeds of compassion and service, esp. when there has been a disaster in the community or anywhere in the world where help is needed.
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Jane Kraybill, Nolt and Weaver explain the faith history of the Amish that enabled them to offer forgiveness to the family of Roberts, who killed five Amish girls in 2006. Their quiet strength, based on the principle of forgiveness, is not always an easy road. Like everyone else, they experience anger and perplexity. The authors differentiate between forgiveness, pardon and reconciliation. This is a very helpful book in understanding the Amish culture and also in pondering what is really meant by Christian forgiveness. As one character asks, "Isn't Amish forgiveness Christian forgiveness?"


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