An insider’s look into
the events surrounding the Nickel Mines Amish schoolhouse shootings—told by the
counselor who was called upon to come to the farmhouse where the families met
on that fateful day.
On October 2, 2006, Charles Roberts, a local milk-tank truck
driver, bound and shot ten young girls in an Amish schoolhouse before
committing suicide. Five girls died. Five others were severely injured and left
in critical condition. In the aftermath of the massacre, the Amish community
shunned the media. But they requested that Amish-raised counselor Jonas Beiler
come to the scene to offer his moral and spiritual support.
In Think No Evil,
Beiler offers his first-person account of the events, as well as of those who
were closest to the scene: the surviving children; the volunteer fireman Rob
Beiler; the local counseling center director Brad Aldricha, and Vietta Zook,
aboard the first ambulance to arrive. Beiler poignantly describes the Amish
families’ responses to this horrific violence as they reached out to the
shocked family members of the killer, offering unconditional forgiveness.
The story didn’t end on that horrible day with the deaths of
those five little girls. Think No Evil
follows the ongoing story of this gentle community having faith in God’s
design, of truly demonstrating Christian values, of responding with resilient
love in the face of evil, of demolishing the scene of the murders and rebuilding
the schoolhouse, and of determining to move forward in living out their faith
in peace. Download and start listening now!