In recent weeks, the news cycle has been filled with conversations about forgiveness. These conversations were started when the 18 year old brother of Botham Jean forgave the woman who killed his brother, convicted policewoman Amber Guyger and embraced her in the courtroom. What is forgiveness? And how and when should we forgive? Here in our local community, we continually see and hear stories of how our Amish neighbors choose and keep choosing to forgive. There’s much that we can learn from our Amish brothers and sisters that we need to be embracing in our own lives, and teaching our kids. Stick with us as we chat with our friends Jonas Beiler and Joel Kime about forgiveness, on this episode of Youth Culture Matters.
Resources, links, or other helpful tools mentioned in the podcast:
Remembering the West Nickel Mines Amish school shooting in 2006
Joel Kime (church page bio, website and blog)
The Freedom of Forgiveness Received (the story of Joel’s accident)
CPYU Reading/Discussion Group on Facebook
Books mentioned or helpful to the conversation:
Think No Evil: Inside the Story of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting… and Beyond by Jonas Beiler with Shawn Smucker
Forgiven: The Amish School Shooting, A Mother’s Love, And a Story of Remarkable Grace by Terri Roberts with Jeanette Windle
Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy by Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt, David L. Weaver-Zercher
The Secret Lies Within: An Inside Out Look At Overcoming Trauma And Finding Purpose In the Pain by Anne Beiler with Emily Sutherland
The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt
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