Amish School Shooting & Amish Forgiveness Books

Posted on by in Amish Blog

Books about the Amish School Shooting & Amish Forgiveness

On October 2nd, 2006, Charles Roberts broke into the Nickel Mines Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster County, PA, where he subsequently shot and killed five school girls. The story of that tragic Amish school shooting made national news. But the resulting Amish forgiveness that characterized the entire Amish community made international headlines.

The tragic events at Nickel Mines and the story that followed have now been described in four fascinating books. These books describe the faith and love that brought healing then and can still bring healing to our society today:

One Light Still ShinesOne Light Still Shines: My Life Beyond the Shadow of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting

by Marie Monville and Cindy Lambert (Sept. 2013)

Marie was the wife of Charles Roberts, the shooter.  She and her children were as shocked about what happened as everyone else.  In this book she shares what she and her family and community suffered and how she has found healing in her life since that tragedy.

Read our own review of this book.


Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy

Amish GraceAmish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy

by Donald Kraybill, Steven Nolt, and David Weaver-Zercher  (Sept. 2007)

These three authors are all college professors and are acknowledged experts on the Amish and their culture.  They have each authored numerous books about Amish life.




Think No Evil

Think No Evil: Inside the Story of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting…and Beyond

by Jonas Beiler and Shawn Smucker  (Sept. 2009)

Jonas Beiler grew up in an Old Order Amish family. He is a minister and a certified counselor. He is also married to Anne Beiler, the founder of Auntie Anne’s Pretzels. Shawn is a native of Lancaster County. His mother grew up Amish.



The HappeningThe Happening – Nickel Mines School Tragedy

by Harvey Yoder  (Sept. 2007)

Harvey interviewed emergency response workers, neighbors, and friends of those involved. He wrote this book to help bring healing and closure to the Nickel Mines community and to all affected by the shooting.


Learn more about the Amish community in Lancaster County, PA – how they live and what they believe.