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Nationally Recognized Author and Scholar to Speak at Limestone About Forgiveness
Award-winning author and nationally recognized scholar Dr. Don Kraybill will speak at Limestone College on Monday, November 16th, at 7 p.m. in Fullerton Auditorium. His presentation will conclude the college's "Through the Darkness, Toward the Light" speaker series. The event is free and open to the public. The series, which was organized by Limestone Chaplain Ron Singleton, is centered upon healing the wounds of the Gaffney community after a terrorizing two-week summer reign of brutality by a serial killer. Kraybill is distinctively experienced in addressing the subject of healing; his book Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy (2007) is an account of how the Amish were so quick to offer forgiveness following the 2006 gruesome shooting of ten Amish school girls in Pennsylvania, which left five dead and five others seriously wounded.

"Having studied the Amish experience, Dr. Kraybill is keenly aware of how tragic events can devastate a community. I think he may be able to give us insight about how we might move forward," said Singleton.

Nationally recognized for his scholarship, Kraybill is the author or editor of numerous books and dozens of professional articles. His research on Anabaptist groups has been featured in magazines, newspapers, and on radio and television programs across the United States and in many foreign countries. He has received numerous awards including the National Religious Book Award for The Upside Down Kingdom (2003), which has been translated into five languages. He has authored or coauthored seven books on Amish life and culture, including The Riddle of Amish Culture (2001), The Amish and the State (2003), and Amish Enterprise: From Plows to Profits (2004). The latter two were each named an Outstanding Academic Book by Choice.

Kraybill is currently serving as Distinguished College Professor and Senior Fellow in the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College (PA).

For more information about Kraybill's visit to Limestone and about the "Through the Darkness, Towards the Light" series in general, call the Limestone Chaplain's Office at (864) 488-8274.