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A House in the Sky kindle ☆ Hardcover read ´ The dramatic and redemptive memoir of a woman whose curiosity led her to the world’s most beautiful and remote places its most imperiled and perilous countries and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity—an exuisitely written story of courage resilience and graceAs a child AmandHer captors and risks a daring escape Moved between a series of abandoned houses in the desert she survives on memory every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity and on strategy fortitude and hope When she is most desperate she visits a house in the sky high above the woman kept in chains in the dark being torturedVivid and suspenseful as artfully written as the finest novel A House in the Sky is the searingly intimate story of an intrepid young woman and her search for compassion in the face of unimaginable adversity Get past the part where you blame Amanda for entering Somalia Yell at her for her wanderlust and her feelings of invincibility Be mad at her for not setting goals for herself other than elite waitressing to earn enough money for her next trip Find her as unlikeable as you want Bash her for the way she treatedused her men friends Tell her there were other ways to cope with the abuse she witnessed in her home Yeah she was a half assed Canadian journalist mostly interested in seeing the beautiful parts of the world that many consider uncivilized AND she wasted a lot of human and monetary resources by being so foolhardy Then blame her for Nigel's kidnapping Try to resist writing a review about how depressing this book is For heavens sake didn't you read the synopsisThen when you're all finished with these rants reopen the book and read a truly unbelievable and inspiring tale of a young woman who was brutally tortured for fifteen months by men who raped and prayed with eual fervor This all happened in 2008 Amanda's curiosity and uest for adventure got her into a horrendous predicament yet also allowed her to survive She was able to endure starvation brutal beatings physical deterioration and repeated rapes Her spirit tenaciousness and belief in the future allowed her to endure what would have destroyed many of us She clung to Eckart Tolle's teachings and created a house in the sky that would allow her to envision beauty filled with people she loved In my mind I built stairways At the end of the stairways I imagined rooms These were high airy places with big windows and a cool breeze moving through I imagined one room opening brightly onto another room opening onto another room until I'd built a houseSo it was she lived in the sky of her mind With extreme attention to detail she becomes a Muslim hoping to humanize herself in the eyes of her captors She maintains communication with Nigel against many odds An especially tender moment was when they exchanged creatively crafted Christmas presentsThis book is a straightforward retelling of events It is detailed enough to haunt your dreams After their failed escape I almost lost hope for her survival even though I knew she lived to tell the tale Without the gruesome details of the captivity I would not have envisioned the sualor and the personal cost of clinging to hope in the face of fear Yet she lives to forgive those her abused her She continues to face her banana peels those things that unwittingly trip an internal wire in her mind opening the floodgates of fear This book helped me to understand a world of depravity that I never even imaginedI hope that it helped Amanda to expunge a few of her demons

A House in the SkyHer captors and risks a daring escape Moved between a series of abandoned houses in the desert she survives on memory every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity and on strategy fortitude and hope When she is most desperate she visits a house in the sky high above the woman kept in chains in the dark being torturedVivid and suspenseful as artfully written as the finest novel A House in the Sky is the searingly intimate story of an intrepid young woman and her search for compassion in the face of unimaginable adversity Get past the part where you blame Amanda for entering Somalia Yell at her for her wanderlust and her feelings of invincibility Be mad at her for not setting goals for herself other than elite waitressing to earn enough money for her next trip Find her as unlikeable as you want Bash her for the way she treatedused her men friends Tell her there were other ways to cope with the abuse she witnessed in her home Yeah she was a half assed Canadian journalist mostly interested in seeing the beautiful parts of the world that many consider uncivilized AND she wasted a lot of human and monetary resources by being so foolhardy Then blame her for Nigel's kidnapping Try to resist writing a review about how depressing this book is For heavens sake didn't you read the synopsisThen when you're all finished with these rants reopen the book and read a truly unbelievable and inspiring tale of a young woman who was brutally tortured for fifteen months by men who raped and prayed with eual fervor This all happened in 2008 Amanda's curiosity and uest for adventure got her into a horrendous predicament yet also allowed her to survive She was able to endure starvation brutal beatings physical deterioration and repeated rapes Her spirit tenaciousness and belief in the future allowed her to endure what would have destroyed many of us She clung to Eckart Tolle's teachings and created a house in the sky that would allow her to envision beauty filled with people she loved In my mind I built stairways At the end of the stairways I imagined rooms These were high airy places with big windows and a cool breeze moving through I imagined one room opening brightly onto another room opening onto another room until I'd built a houseSo it was she lived in the sky of her mind With extreme attention to detail she becomes a Muslim hoping to humanize herself in the eyes of her captors She maintains communication with Nigel against many odds An especially tender moment was when they exchanged creatively crafted Christmas presentsThis book is a straightforward retelling of events It is detailed enough to haunt your dreams After their failed escape I almost lost hope for her survival even though I knew she lived to tell the tale Without the gruesome details of the captivity I would not have envisioned the sualor and the personal cost of clinging to hope in the face of fear Yet she lives to forgive those her abused her She continues to face her banana peels those things that unwittingly trip an internal wire in her mind opening the floodgates of fear This book helped me to understand a world of depravity that I never even imaginedI hope that it helped Amanda to expunge a few of her demons

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A House in the Sky è G to understand the world and live a significant life she backpacked through Latin America Laos Bangladesh and India and emboldened by each adventure went on to Sudan Syria and Pakistan In war ridden Afghanistan and Ira she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter And then in August 2008 she traveled to Somalia “the most dangerous place on earth” On her fourth day she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty roadHeld hostage for 460 days Amanda converts to Islam as a survival tactic receives “wife lessons” from one of “It was a lesson the world had already taught me and was teaching me still You don’t know what’s possible until you actually see it” Amanda Lindhout a freelance journalist was kidnapped while traveling alongside Nigel Brennan a freelance photojournalist in Somalia The two were held captive for 460 days Where they were starved tortured beaten and Amanda even raped repeatedly A House in the Sky is Amanda Lindhouts recount of the events that took place over her year in captivity A House in the Sky starts off with Amanda's childhood Going into the details of her struggles of being a child of poverty Amanda's only escape from an abusive childhood was by flipping through the pages of National Geographic and pretending to be anywhere but where she is Vowing that when she was old enough she would save the money and nothing would stop her from traveling In her 20s Amanda started waitresses and saving all of her funds After saving enough she started her travels and her career as a journalist On one of her trips she met Nigel The two continued to keep in touch and eventually started a relationship With a long distance relationship proving to be too much the two ended up separating Amanda continued to travel doing her reporting work and continued to keep contact with Nigel Years and many countries later Amanda found herself wanting to go to Somalia and country named as the most dangerous place on earth Knowing there was a war going on and about the terrible danger she could face she still decided to go anyways convincing Nigel to join her This is roughly the first 150 pages of the book These pages at first seem unimportant and are a bit sluggish I was having trouble connecting with Amanda and found myself seeing her as being rather naïve I decided to push through and was very thankful I did These pages though trivial at first end up being very important in the long run Four days into their trip a group of masked men ambushed their car and kidnapped Amanda Nigel and the three men traveling with them At the time Amanda assumes they are just being robbed and held for a few days but once the kidnappers force them to call their families and demand a ransom 3 million dollars for both of them she realizes that this isn’t going to be over with uickly After the first 150 pages the stories starts getting into the heavy issues and reveals what happened to the two while being held For the first five months Amanda and Nigel were able to be kept together The two though starving and miserable were for the most part treated “okay” Once their captures realized that their ransom wouldn’t be paid right away things started to increasingly get worse The two ultimately decided to convert to Islam as a play to make their captures treat them better Though this decision was probably in their best interest it ultimately didn’t make things much better and the two were eventually separated and kept in separate rooms The two come up with secret way to communicate and after they are told that the men that were taken with them are killed they know they have to escape The two over the next several days use nail clippers to chip away at a window in a shared bathroom Once the two get out they run for what they hope will be freedom ultimately only having one person even attempt to help them The two end up recaptured The teenage kidnappers decide that Amanda because she is a woman is to blame for the failed escape attempt Nigel instead of backing her up and helping her decides that since they are blaming her anyways that she should “just go ahead and take this one” Amanda is then locked in a windowless room with nothing than a few useless items and a thin mat She is kept in the dark for weeks where she is starved not allowed to speak has her feet chained together is beaten tortured falls ill to a bacterial fungus and then is ultimately gang raped for her acts She is forced to lay on her sides at all times because her captures think otherwise she might become too strong and will try to escape again The only time she is allowed to move is when she is praying which she eventually becomes too weak to do Nigel is kept in a separate room with windows books and allowed time to go outside because he is a man Over the next few weeks and months Amanda is continued to be tortured raped and one of her captures even tells her he plans on marriage her once the money has been paid This is all happening while their capture’s continue to call their families and demand ransom sometimes up to ten times a day With the government refusing to help pay ransom the families eventually seek outside help hiring a specialist to help get their kids back After 460 days and 600000 dollars being paid the two are released back to their families A House in the Sky goes deep into what it is like being left alone with nothing but your own thoughts It’s about struggling overcoming suffering forgiveness and ultimately Amanda convincing herself that if she can just push through one day she can make it “See You are okay Amanda It’s only your body that is suffering and you are not your body The rest of you is fine” At times this novel was hard to read and painful but at the same time managed to take a tragic situation and make it beautiful This story shows that the mind is a very powerful thing A House in the Sky is one of those stories that will forever stay with me epub ´ A House in the Sky î Amanda Lindhout

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Amanda Lindhout î A House in the Sky reader The dramatic and redemptive memoir of a woman whose curiosity led her to the world’s most beautiful and remote places its most imperiled and perilous countries and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity an exuisitely written story of courage resilience and graceAs a child Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales At the age of nineteen working as a cocktail waitress in Calgary Alberta she began saving her tips so she could travel the globe Aspirin Impossible to put down and easily one of the bravest most harrowing and most inspiring memoirs you'll ever read What Amanda went through during her 15 months of captivity in Somalia is about as close to hell on earth as anyone could get and her story is at once many things a remembrance of transcended origins and of lust for travel; a page turning ripped from the headlines chronicle of a young woman's kidnapping; a portrait of the tragedy of religious fundamentalism and failed statehood and the astonishing inhumanity that they can ignite in men and I do mean in men not women But than anything it's an unbelievably moving account of faith in one's self how hope can save a life when all reasons to live have been obliterated and how forgiveness and compassion are miraculously possible after unimaginable trauma