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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (155 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonas Beiler, Shawn Smucker Narrator: Kelly Ryan Dolan Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781608146086
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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.

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  • “A story that should never be forgotten.” 

    Glenn Beck 

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 2/15/2014

    " A very good book about forgiveness. Would have given it 5 stars if the writing had been a little better, but the story is compelling and moving. It is the story of the Amish schoolhouse shooting in Pennsylvania and its aftermath. Most of the story is about the Amish virtue of forgiveness. After the shootings, in which 5 Amish girls and the shooter died, the Amish community reached out to both the shooting victims' families and the shooter's family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clockstein Lockstein | 2/12/2014

    " Think No Evil by Jonas Beiler and Shawn Smucker is an inside look at the Nickel Mines Amish School shooting of October 2, 2006. Beiler grew up in an Amish home before deciding at the age of 15 to live on the outside, so he has a unique perspective to share on this story that captivated the nation. The world couldn't look away as the news came in about a man who walked into an Amish school, sent out the boys and women, tied up the girls, boarded over the doors and windows and then proceeded to shoot all ten of them before taking his own life. The Amish community immediately offered forgiveness to the shooter and his family, reaching out to them again and again in a way that the world couldn't seem to understand. Beiler uses his own life story and the history of the Amish to offer a foundation for the unbelievable forgiveness the Amish offer those who hurt them. He tells the story of what happened in that small classroom with equal amounts of detachment and compassion. Churches spend millions of dollars a year trying to attract media attention to the story of Jesus without much sucess, but the Amish, who shun modern life conveniences, including the media, created a world wide sensation and curiosity about a God who empowered these people to offer such loving forgiveness. Their story is one of learning for all of us. Refusing to forgive only hurts the victim by creating a lifetime of hurt and bitterness, a lesson the Amish have learned through their history of non-violent resistance and martyrdom. It was difficult at times to read the words through the tears, but unlike most true crime books that are written to titillate with prurient details, he keeps the details about the shooter's actual intentions and what happened between him and the girls to a minimum, maintaining their dignity and privacy without sacrificing the power of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 2/10/2014

    " This book was part story of the shooting at the Nickel Mines school, part informational about the Amish, and part instructional about forgiveness. While I didn't think the author's writing style was the best, I enjoyed this book for the information it gave and the challenge to live a life of genuine forgiveness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 2/10/2014

    " I have a newfound respect for the Amish people and how they extend forgiveness. I will try to be the smae as I remember this story. And the author adds a few twists of his own and how he had to apply forgiveness in his own life. We should have the love of Christ for everyone. Then we can truly forgive and have peace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 2/4/2014

    " The information about forgiveness is amazing. The writing style is okay, but the author sometimes repeats himself. Despite that, he is also very open about his own path to forgiveness in his life. Truly a lesson for us all in this sad world where the first action after someone has been wronged is to contact an attorney and/or plot revenge. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/30/2014

    " Joe and I went to Amish Acres this past week and I gathered an armful of Amish-themed books. This one literally kept me up half the night while on vacation. It tells the true story of a one-room Amish schoolhouse shooting in Lancaster County, PA. In chilling detail it outlines the night before, morning of and aftermath of one man's horrific crime on these most peaceful of people. Even more shocking than the crime is the Amish community's response. Their immediate impulse is to forgive the killer of their children and to welcome his family into their homes. If you can handle disturbing material, this book is a very worthwhile read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyn Brown | 1/18/2014

    " Very good. Very thought provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 1/13/2014

    " An excellent book focusing on the importance of forgiveness "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pauline | 12/22/2013

    " This book is about unconditional forgiveness. A must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica Moyer | 12/16/2013

    " This book was great, we all could learn a lot from the Amish community after this tragedy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 'Ailina Willis | 12/14/2013

    " Intensely inspirational. This book is not so much about the tragedy of the Nickel Mine Schoolhouse shooting as it is about the divinity of forgiveness. Powerful example to us all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 11/27/2013

    " The authors point of view on forgiveness is decent. It allows the reader who is not quick to forgive a different perspective. The tragedy that took place at the school house, violent, devastating...The flow of the book however was a bit all over the map and thus the rating of 2 (ok) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 3/1/2013

    " Wow! What we all could learn about forgiveness and faith from the Amish. A new perspective and way of approaching life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla Hanson | 11/27/2012

    " I was amazed at the incredible discipline of forgiveness in these people. This book isn't so much about the incident at the Amish school but more about the peoples reaction after. Very moving! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 10/13/2012

    " This book says exactly what I want to say about forgiveness but everyone thinks I'm crazy, even other Christians. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 5/27/2012

    " More than just an account of the shooting at the Amish school; it explores the Amish and their doctrine of forgiveness. I found it interesting and, at times, moving. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ms. Roisman | 2/8/2012

    " This was a lot more of a religious book than I was bargaining for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty | 1/29/2012

    " Powerful. Chapter 13: Why Forgive? - a different way of thinking about forgiveness. Note to self: re-read Victor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning." Both books offer a healing way to deal with tragedy and horror. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 5/25/2011

    " I was amazed at the incredible discipline of forgiveness in these people. This book isn't so much about the incident at the Amish school but more about the peoples reaction after. Very moving! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 6/29/2010

    " More than just an account of the shooting at the Amish school; it explores the Amish and their doctrine of forgiveness. I found it interesting and, at times, moving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 'Ailina | 11/18/2009

    " Intensely inspirational. This book is not so much about the tragedy of the Nickel Mine Schoolhouse shooting as it is about the divinity of forgiveness. Powerful example to us all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 9/20/2009

    " This book says exactly what I want to say about forgiveness but everyone thinks I'm crazy, even other Christians. "

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About the Author
Author Jonas Beiler

Jonas Beiler grew up in a strict and traditional Old Order Amish family during the 1950s. Now he is the cofounder and chairman of the Angela Foundation. He is also a licensed family counselor and founder of the Family Resource and Counseling Center in Gap, Pennsylvania.

About the Narrator

Kelly Ryan Dolan is a graduate of Judson College. His voice-over credits include the Left Behind radio drama and works for Sonlife Ministries and the Willow Creek Community Church, where he currently works in youth ministry.