I confess I've always had the opinion that the Amish were strange and somehow "less" than the rest of us. I found their way of life strange and to be honest didn't have a very good opinion of them. After reading this book I have realized that though their way of life may be simple, they are most definitely not less. The capacity for forgiveness that these people posses is amazing. That they would first be concerned for family of the killer is almost unbelievable. Though I may not understand how they could be capable of such selflessness I have developed an appreciation for the calmness of their souls.