Forgiveness is tough love
denisj | 08/04/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you have a problem with forgiving those who have hurt you bad ( hasnt everyone...) then watch this film this winter ! It is a magnificent film. It is a dramatic film of how the Amish community decided to forgive a malicious killer. It is an excellent illustration for all of us to learn something profound. The more we decide NOT to forgive those who have hurt us the more we punish ourselves, and thats serious."
"PLAIN" emotion & inspiration from real life
Harold Wolf | Wells, IN United States | 09/23/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A powerful depiction of a stricken community that taught the world about faith. Reporters raced to Nickel Mines in 2006 to cover an Amish schoolroom slaughter. What they found, unique grace and forgiveness, taught the world a lesson. This rural Amish community moved hearts world-wide, pointed to God, and forgave in a way many had never heard about. It was a powerful story then, and is just as emotional and heart-wrenching in the DVD depiction. It is an inspirational lesson in grace and forgiveness, even though it did not eliminate the Amish grief. Real people, a real story, a real way of life.
Ida (Kimberly Williams-Paisley), mother of a murdered child, struggles with her own Amish faith through the ordeal. But even she learns, from the courage of her child, forgiveness is essential and she says, "I can do no less." Jill Green (Fay Masterson), is a TV-reporter caught up in getting the story plus her own education about grace. Tammy Blanchard plays the wife of the killer. Matt Letcher is Gideon, Ida's Amish husband and one of the first to offer Amish Grace.
I remember the days the real Nickel Mines story rolled across the TV and covered the front page of every newspaper. It sickened your heart and brought men to tears. This DVD is so well done, beautifully filmed, with excellent music, that the emotion returns, even for those of us who watched and remember. This is a realistic depiction of the Amish community. I live in an area of Indiana Amish, little different than those at Nickel Mines, and can attest that the presentation is very authentic.
I also have read the book "Amish Grace" (excellent, buy it) & listened to one of the book's 3 authors talk about the good Amish people. "Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy" is by Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt, and David L. Weaver-Zercher; all experts in the life, history, and faith of the Amish. The DVD was expertly created from the facts and history provided in the book by these 3 men. This story is not Hollywood, it is reality, and the godly people of the event are honestly depicted.
The DVD does have SUBTITLES. It is unrated, but would pass for PG or G, in my opinion, at least teenage and older. This is a MUST VIEW. I am so glad I OWN it, and can share it with friends.
It will remind viewers, like me, that life is too short to hate. Amish Grace. If they can do it; "I can do no less.""
A Powerful Message on Forgiveness & Based on a True Story
W. Terry Whalin | Scottsdale, Arizona | 09/12/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's a story that appeared in the news for a couple of days a few years ago, then it was quickly forgotten by the majority of people--even serious news watchers like myself.
A lone milkman with a gun entered a one-room Amish schoolhouse and killed a teacher and number of children, then himself. Here's a link to the story in the New York Times: [...]
While the incident itself was horrible, what is also forgotten is the response of the Amish to forgive the wife and family of the gunman. That story is told from the viewpoint of a mother (played by Kimberly Williams-Paisley) in a family where their oldest daughter was killed. She struggles with the response of her husband and the other Amish leaders to forgive.
It's easy to get caught up in this well-told story and drama but you should be forewarned to get ready. The message of forgiveness will strike a deep chord. I recommend it."