“Amish Grace” Movie on Lifetime Network

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Hollywood has once again taken on story-telling within Lancaster’s Amish community.  The Lifetime Movie Network has produced the movie “Amish Grace”, which first aired over the Lifetime Network last Sunday evening to over four million viewers.

Amish Grace film is based on the book, Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy, by Donald Kraybill, Steven Nolt, and David Weaver-Zercher.  The book described the details of the Amish school shooting of 10 young Amish girls at the Nickel Mines Amish School in Lancaster County in October 2006. Five girls died in that tragedy.

The Lancaster Amish community was the center of international attention as media from all over the world swarmed to Lancaster County to cover the event and its aftermath.  The resulting depiction of Amish grace and forgiveness received worldwide attention and amazement.

According to the Associated Press, the authors did not want movie rights sold for this book out of respect for the Amish community affected by the shooting. However, the book publisher, Jossey-Bass, sold the rights over the authors’ objections. The authors will donate their proceeds to charity.

In the movie, Kimberly Williams-Paisley (According to Jim, and Father of the Bride 1 and 2) portrays an Amish mother whose daughter is one of the victims killed in the school tragedy.

The movie is scheduled to air again this Thursday evening, April 1st,  at 8:00 pm EDST on the Lifetime Movie network. Or, watch it anytime at www.mylifetime.com/movies-amish-grace.  Let us know what you think!


  1. star white says:

    The authors of the book describing the Amish school shooting of 10 Amish girls and the Amish themselves are displeased with the movie Amish Grace. They believe their true story should not be fictionalized. Yet, fiction is an art form that does more than entertain. It also communicates a message and values.

    For the true story one should read the book Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy – a good idea for any movie based on a book. The fact is many will only watch the movie.

    In my opinion, it is the best movie I have seen in a long, long time. God prioritizes forgiveness highly. It is little understood in a culture that has largely lost its Biblical grounding. The fictionalized character who struggles with forgiveness is someone most of us “in the world” can identify with and through her journey and the witness of her people come to better understand and accept it.

    The killer meant his act as vengeance toward God. God glories in bringing good out of evil. The amazing testimony of forgiveness and compassion demonstrated by the Amish at the time of the incident and the message communicated by the movie brings glory to God. Is not that what He expects from His people?

  2. Michele Uss says:

    I watched this movie tonight, and it spoke to me more about Gods love and forgiveness than most sermons I’ve heard in a lifetime. Yes, it isn’t easy to do what the Amish did. But it is in the forgiveness that we are healed, and can truly be Gods light for the world. Thank you for being faithful enough to produce this film. It has helped me finally begin to heal from my own past hurts.

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  9. rose crockett says:

    The act of forgiveness by the amish people truly humbled me. This is the quintessential example of Christianity and God’s plan for the world. God bless them for their example. Perhaps this tragedy will serve to remind the world the true meaning of Christianity.

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