Day By Day

Monday, October 01, 2007

Reading Recommendation

Check out David Weaver-Zercher's Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy. It is an illuminating discussion of how Pennsylvania's Amish community dealt with the mass murder at Nickel Mines.

For a review of the book check here.

I was particularly struck by this passage [slightly modified].

[The Amish hold] a perspective that considers life to be short, eternity to be long, and heaven and hell to be real. [They] believe choices have eternal consequences, to fail to discipline would not only neglect their God-given responsibility, it would in fact be the unloving thing to do. It may not be as picturesque as a horse-drawn buggy, but this uniquely Amish view of spiritual care is one more example of how the Amish walk out of step with the culture around them.
Out of step indeed!

You can order Amish Grace by clicking on the Amazon links at the top of the page.