Pretty Remarkable! (if I had to describe it in a few words).
I had heard the news coverage a few years ago and as an over-stimulated member of society it was lost in the mass of information we receive and hear on a daily basis. I recall thinking to myself that I was happy she was returned home to her family and how traumatized she must have been. Admittedly the news to me is full of sad things and not something I regularly watch because it is an item I choose to limit in my life .
I was recently reminded of Amanda’s story at work. A few co-workers and I were discussing having a bad day or what constitutes a bad day and one particular co-worker said that when she feels like she is having a bad day she thinks about Amanda Lindhout. She quickly refreshed my memory on whom Amanda was and her story that was covered in the news a few years back. That when she feels she is having a “bad day” she thinks to herself…… “it is not as bad as Amanda Lindhout’s days when she was being help captive”. She uses this as a tool to keep herself on track and to keep “first world problems” at bay and I think it’s brilliant!
Coincidently not too long after this discussion I was strolling through my neighborhood Chapters I stumbled upon Amanda’s book. I believe that sometimes our world throws things at us because it is time for us to have that particular thing in our life (no matter how small the item). I quickly purchased the hard copy of the book (which I rarely do anymore because I have a Kobo) and headed home to start. I remember thinking to myself that if anyone deserves my money, support and to be on a best sellers list it is this woman!
I was not disappointed. I read it from cover to cover (including the inside of the cover which was a replica of excerpts from her personal notepad) in less than a week. I am not the fastest reader so no judgement! J It was STELLAR! Amanda did a wonderful job and providing the background of her falling in love with travel and the time leading up to her capture. I only had a minor idea of her story based on what I recalled and this book led me through with anticipation and filled with her feelings as she went through the grueling 460 days. I was interested from beginning until end. She did a fantastic job in recalling exactly how she felt at that moment (not that she would forget) and putting me in that place with her (as close as an outsider could even imagine her conditions).
A standing ovation I give to this woman whom could come out on the other end of such a situation and stand tall and share her story and find the positive. Her forgiveness and empathy for her captures is nothing less that heroic and we should all see this as a reminder of how lucky we are to live in our own spectacular country. I sincerely hope she breaks record sales! I recommend this book to anyone but feel it would be a great read for teenagers (parents being forewarned that there are some great details in her descriptions of the cruelties she endured ) as it is humbling and eye-opening to how lucky we are!