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Amish Grace

A true story of forgiveness

"Hate is a very big and very hungry thing with lots of sharp teeth, and it will eat up your whole heart and leave no room for love," says a grieving father to his young daughter in the TV movie Amish Grace, now available on DVD. This compelling drama revolves around the true story of the Amish community's reaction to the shootings at their school in Nickel Mines, Pa., in which five girls were killed and five others were seriously wounded before the gunman shot himself.

In Amish Grace, a mother initially
In Amish Grace, a mother initially can't understand how her husband could go with two other Amish elders to offer forgiveness and help to the gunman's family.


The drama takes certain creative liberties with events and characters to help the audience better understand the complexity of practicing forgiveness. The focus is on one Amish family's response to the death of the oldest daughter.

The distraught mother initially can't understand how her husband could go with two other Amish elders to offer forgiveness and help to the gunman's family. He agrees with the leader of the community who says: "We will not allow hatred in our hearts. It not only goes against God's will, it becomes a corrosive force that further compounds the original anguish."

Gregg Champion directs this heart-affecting drama that leaves us pondering this Amish belief: "If we forgive, God promises that peace will follow" (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, not rated).


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