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A House in the Sky

byAmanda Lindhout, Sara Corbett

Hardcover | September 3, 2013

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The spectacularly dramatic memoir of a woman whose curiosity about the world led her from rural Canada to imperiled and dangerous countries on every continent, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity in Somalia—a story of courage, resilience, and extraordinary grace.

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 exquisitely written story of courage, resilience, and grace

As 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. Aspiring 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 Iraq 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 road.

Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda converts to Islam as a survival tactic, receives “wife lessons” from one of her 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 tortured.

Vivid 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.
Title:A House in the SkyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:September 3, 2013Publisher:ScribnerLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read I thought the story was amazing, it was sad all that she had to endure in her captivity. I would have preferred a bit more of an ending though.
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from recommended I bought it at first just because I like the cover of the book. However, when I finished my reading, I feel refreshed and relive again as the author itself. I feel like everything around me should be appreciated; everything I owned worths a gratefulness; I need to say great thanks to whoever loves me and whomever I love.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still my favorite book This book is an amazing memoir it is gut wrenching in some parts but I could not put it down. No one should have to endure what Amanda did but to be able to write about it and become a top seller is amazing. Amanda's story is one I will never forget she displayed such bravery, overcame her past, and ultimately made something of her life. I will recommend this book time and time again!
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing I have recommended this to everybody that has brought up the conversation about books. Absolutely amazing.
Date published: 2017-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from yes quite insightful and overall enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Book This book is wonderfully written. It is heart wrenching in parts and provides a look into a world that I knew very little about.
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written Deals with many difficult topics but is written in a captivating way
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Be ready to face an ugly truth Looking to get out of my own life's hardships for a while, I bought this book to provide some perspective. WOW! Amanda's story shook the heck out of me. Amanda's true life events have taught resilience and hope. Thank you for being brave enough to tell a hard truth not everyone wants to hear. Peace after devastation can be created. Dig deep!
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommend Couldn't put it down. Very brave woman.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful and heartbreaking An incredible story of hope and resilience. Amanda's re-telling of her travels, and ultimately her kidnapping, we're so well detailed that it was easy to picture each day. Her account was chilling, and it made my heart break for the families and everyone involved. Overall, it was a captivating read (no pun intended) and it was hard to put down.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Resilient! A very heart wrenching story of a brave Albertan woman abroad. I couldn't put this book down, very well written!
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very moving and emotional even though i knew the outcome, i found myself constantly enthralled with the story and questioning what would happen to amanda. it was easy to get caught up in the "entertainment" of the story telling, to then take a moment and remember, this is a memoir, not fiction. over all i really enjoyed reading a house in the sky and recommend that everyone do the same.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart wrenching Couldn't put this book down. It is a horrible and disgusting situation, but her strength and hope is inspirational.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! This book caught my interest the minute I started to read it, & I didn't put it down until I was finished. The account of what happened to her was heart wrenching, however wonderfully written. It was a great read start to finish.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brave! Heart-wrenching and incredibly brave!
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read. A captivating account of a traumatic experience. Would recommend reading Nigel Brennan's book (The Price of Life: A True Story of Kidnap & Ransom) with this one.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Engaging Canadian Read I found this text to be filled with strong moments of resiliency, empathy, and redemption. While the author's experience is heart wrenching, I found her story to be an inspiring tale of a woman who never gives up hope, even when life seems impossible to endure.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A House in the Sky This was a tough book to read. Poignant, hopeful, yet full of despair and promise, all intermingling and emotionally catching and keeping you, pushing your own limits to finish the story.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating An incredible story of hope and resilience. Amanda's re-telling of her travels, and ultimately her kidnapping, we're so well detailed that it was easy to picture each day. Her account was chilling, and it made my heart break for the families and everyone involved. Overall, it was a captivating read (no pun intended) and it was hard to put down.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very moving and emotional Even though I knew the outcome, I found myself constantly enthralled with the story and questioning what would happen to Amanda. It was easy to get caught up in the "entertainment" of the story telling, to then take a moment and remember, this is a memoir, not fiction. Over all I really enjoyed reading A House In The Sky and recommend that everyone do the same.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting This book came exceptionally highly recommended, and it did not disappoint. It is spell binding and consuming and inspiring and nightmareish. That this actually happened, that it likely is happening right now to someone else somewhere in the world, is sobering. That a person can find so much inner strength and survive through such an ordeal makes my own frustrations in my life seem so trivial. The writing is beautiful and the story is masterfully told. Very early into the book I felt like I knew Amanda, I was invested in her life and felt like I was reading a letter from a friend. I will never (hopefully) be able to fully appreciate what she felt, and what she went through, but this memoir does a seriously wonderful job of getting a reader as close as you can to being there.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from omg! Must read I literally could not put this book down. It was tough to get through at times, but her courage and attitude towards her situation was amazing. Truly a remarkable person
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful Story I was pretty hooked on this story. Although it was a horrendous tale, it was riveting to read and eye-opening. I'm very happy I read it.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It I loved this book, it's very real and honest
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Some parts are very tough to read but I really enjoyed this book. It gives you so much perspective.
Date published: 2017-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ultimate Survival Incredible story of survival. Powerful.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A True Survival Story This book was recommended to me and I can see why, the writing is strong and you immediately become engrossed in Amanda's world. Learning everything Amanda and her ex boyfriend had to endure at the hands of their kidnappers and the immense strength it took for them to make it through day after day is remarkable. A real page turner that will stay with you long after you've finished reading. I always recommended this book to family and friends as it is above anything else a true story of survival and hope.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing insightful story Amanda's story was gripping and showed a little girl following her dreams which resulted in a horrific experience. The book's structure keeps you gripped and wanting to know the outcome. It was very relieving to see how she processed her experience and how she used it to motivate her to increase good in the world.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable! Incredible story, you won't be able to put it down.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page turner I couldn't put this book down! It is both very captivating and terrifying. Definitely recommend this. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page Turner A real page turner. I couldn't put it down. This was an exciting read, that kept you on your toes.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Devoured the book while I was travelling The narrative is very captivating and I found myself wanting to read a lot while travelling. I realised how fortunate I am to be free and was touched by how brave and compassionate Amanda Lindhout was. Some insight was given on the experience of hostages, domestic abuse, travelling and starting a new career from scratch which I found to be interesting.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Influential I read this novel about a year ago, and this gripping memoir of Amanda's worldly endeavours and horrific struggles have caused me to re-read continuously. She tells a story that many others are afraid to tell. Her illumination of imprisonment, rape, assimilation, and survival helps to broaden perspective - which is one thing that mature readers can take away from this influential written experience.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read The authors take a truly horrific experience and create a novel that is not only hard to put down but also impossible to forget. It deals with some harsh and difficult topics but it is still an incredible read. Would definitely recommend this to anyone!
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from House In The Sky This is an interesting read and account of an extra ordinary survival.
Date published: 2017-06-04
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Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Deals with some very difficult topics but a very well written novel
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Powerful I read this book and could not put it down. It is both very captivating and terrifying. Definitely recommend this. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Horrifying and captivating An incredibly honest account of a terrifying experience. Well written and not overdone. My only regret is reading this on my honeymoon! This ones much better to be read from the cozy couch at home!
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Incredible Read... An incredible woman for surviving that insane experience and then re-living that experience to write this incredible, inspiring memoir that will stay with me forever. Vey emotional and though provoking. Reading such intimate details - the torture both physically and mentally - breaks my heart and brings me to tears. She is my inspiration, how anyone can endure what she did is a miracle. She is truly an angel among us. A MUST read !!! Definitely one that I will keep on my top 5 list permanently.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It'll stick with you... I picked this book up to read as part of my book club, and it has become one of my favorite books. Being a traveller myself, this hit close to home. In fact, this book was so powerful that we talked about it for several book club meetings later! Excellent read. You won't forget it!
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful My top read this year, so absolutely brave and resilient of the human's will to live and overcome negativity. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Raw and real A raw and real account of intense suffering. What I appreciated about this book is that the author doesn't go into the most disturbing details for shock factor, but stays true to the theme of her story.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic!!! Amazing memoir. So touching and well written. A must read.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Engaging but Difficult Account I really thought this book was well-written. I had no trouble getting through it. I am surprised by other reviewer's comments, stating Amanda is an unlikeable character. I was rooting for her all the way. I completely relate to her desire and yearning to travel and see the world. I did not find Nigel to be very likeable. I am aware that this is a personal account of her experiences, so biases can come into play which may be part of the reason he didn't seem to resonate with me. I am curious about how things differ in his book. I think this book offers a harsh lesson on the realities of traveling and especially traveling in dangerous places. Anything can happen, never have a false security that this couldn't happen to you. I don't agree with some comments I've read that Amanda deserved what she got for ignorantly traveling to Somalia - NO ONE deserve to be tortured and abused! She made a judgement call and paid a high price for her decision. Anyway, this book kept me thoroughly enthralled, some parts retelling her abuse were difficult to read (even though she doesn't delve into too much detail)! I have recommended to many of my friends. A great read!
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring! If you are a traveller and a wanderer at heart, you will be at home with this book. This account of Amanda Lindhout's capture in Somalia is heart-wrenching and will have you on edge throughout. This book is beautifully written, painting words so that the scene forms easily in your mind. Lindhout's account of events puts a pit in your stomach but the reader is easily awed by her resourcefulness, resilience and daring decision-making kept her alive and maintained her wits, if only just.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED THIS BOOK! Such an amazing story! 100% one of those books you just cannot put down until the end. Very inspiring and powerful read!
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a story! A must have for your library.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring A very realistic account of Amanda's emotions and thoughts during her time in captivity, and portrays the human spirit very accurately.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful indeed A book that I found hard to read at times, but one that left me in awe of human strength.
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read This is still my all time favourite book, I bought it about a year ago and recommend to everyone who loves to read.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book is absolutely amazing. A very beautifully written memoir about a terrible experience.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This book is just beautiful, so powerful.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing this book is amazing, the author is brilliant
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart-Breaking This novel is powerful, somehow the author manages to forgive and understand her assailants. Well-Written! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring This author is such a wonderful writer. This book will break your heart.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Wow..this book stayed with me for weeks. It is such a powerful book that makes you feel all the emotions of what she went though.
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing powerful story I couldn't put this book down! The unbelievable strength, in a truly horrific situation is inspiring.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good. Good read. My mother enjoyed it more them me though.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow this is such a great book!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow This is an inspirational book to every gender or person who wants to be bold and strike out on their own.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Powerful book and I felt the writing was fantastic.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I was given this book as a gift and am so glad I read it right away! As a female who's travelled solo in many of the places Amanda goes early in the book, I really related to a lot of her thoughts and experiences. Amanda's story is truly incredible and the hope she is able to maintain during her captivity is inspiring.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to put down A really inspirational story of finding deep within yourself the ability to survive your worst nightmare.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a powerful read It's Canadian and it's truly a great read. Don't waste time buy it now.
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truely inspirational A great book about surviving the unsurvivable
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, a great read! Bought this book at full price last year, its almost half that price now.. you MUST get this book, the author tells an amazing true story. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the read I read this book while I was still in school. I stayed up until 6 a.m. to finish it. Her journey is difficult to read at times as the gruesome and horrific ordeals she must overcome are conveyed in a manner that is not for the faint of heart. I highly recommend this book and have lent out my copy to several friends over the years.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very inspiring Very well written and such an inspiring story.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely Read A friend recommended this book because I am a huge traveller and roughly the same age as Amanda throughout most of the book. It was a heart wrenching read, knowing that its a true story and could happen to anyone. I definitely recommend this if you love to travel. It reminds you to take extra cautions.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love it It is interesting book. I read it in 4 days. I loved the narrative style. Very insightful.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing book. Really well written and great story.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring I read this book after seeing Amanda speak at a staff conference. She was a very powerful and inspiring speaker and I bought her book after the talk. I couldn't put the book down and finished it the next day. Her book is a haunting and inspiring memoir about her captivity in Somalia. She is honest and self reflective. Amanda shows compassion and forgiveness for people and has gone on to create the Global Enrichment Foundation to create more opportunities in Somalia, offering University scholarships to Somalian women.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This story will stick with you Couldn't put this book down. I finished it in a few days, and was brought to tears more than once.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! While reading this book I went through every emotion from sad to happy. I would recommend everyone to read this real life story about a Canadian woman, I actually ended up buying it for a friend as a birthday present too!
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! Amazing book. Well written. Amazing story - everyone should read this one.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! This book was fantastic. Very intriguing and suspenseful. I enjoy stories about captivity (as strange as that may sound) and found this to be one of the best one's I've read!
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite! This is one of the most inspiring books I have read in the last 2 years!! Now an avid follower of Amanda.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring I can't believe everything she had to endure. Very beautifully written and incredibly inspiring
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Bought this book after hearing about it from a friend. I read it in one night as I could not put it down, such a powerful story. It is by far my favourite book!
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED this book! Got this book as a Christmas gift after speaking with a friend about it. She recommended it and couldn't say enough good things about it. I'm so glad she did! By far one of the best books I've ever read!
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow! Could not put this book down. Scary as hell what goes on in the world. Although you have to wonder what Lindhout was thinking heading into these countries with an attitude nothing bad could happen to her. She seems to have been very naïve at that time and got into a very unfortunate and terrorising situation. Thank goodness she came out of it alive
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Courageous! This book was very eye-opening. The beginning was a bit boring but overall, lots of respect for this girl and her mom. Hope they will recover soon.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Chilling! Good read, worth your time, definitely gives you an inside view of what happens inside the home of a captor. Strong will Amanda Lindhout has!
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful A great story of strength and courage.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from eye-opening I love to travel and this book made me realize that it is not always fun and games. Extremely powerful book that I couldn't put down.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing women! The recount of amandas story is one of a kind. This is a true story thriller that kept me up late at night reading about what this poor women went through and how she over came the hardships
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly Moving & Eye Opening This is an incredible story of the kidnapping and imprisonment of Amanda Lindhout in Somalia. I was amazed at the realities of Canadians being kidnapped and held for ransom in other countries - a sad reality I was not previously aware of. This is also an extraordinary story about the strength of the human spirit. I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well written and gripping memoir Fantastic book on a current and important topic. Hard to put down. Absolutely recommended to anyone who loves memoirs. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book-club pick Phenomenal book. Gutwrenching and well-written, it tells a deeply personal story of kidnapping and survival. I loved it!
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful memoir I don't normally read non-fiction and was pleasantly surprised when I picked this up before going on vacation. I sped through it in 3 days - very gripping read. I will say that the first half was a bit slow for my liking, but found myself unable to put the book down once we hit the second half. It was eye-opening and shocking what she endured. Well-written. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great non-fiction read An account of an unimaginable ordeal and how the author moved on from it to make a positive difference in the world.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! What a great read...would highly recommend!
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully Written Great book, hard to put down.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful story my new favourite non fiction book. this memoir tells you the struggles and pain amanda and her travelling companion nigel went through when they were kidnapped in somalia. a very sad, enlightening story on what they went through together and alone. sad that this happened to them, glad they are both alive and safe to live the rest of their life and tell the generations to come their inspiring story. i can't put this book down. i will always recommend this.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this Hoping to get to read more of this authors books
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible read. Powerful memoir. It is unbelievable what we, as humans, are able to endure and the coping mechanisms we use. I couldn't put it down. A must read!
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Very powerful book! #plumreviews
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Incredible story! Really enjoyed this memoir and its thought-provoking contents.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible This story is absolutely phenomenal and this book is written so well. I've recommended this to easily half a dozen people and I'm looking forward to reading it a second time (something I usually don't enjoy). I can't insist enough that you read this! It definitely lives up to the hype. Just buy it and read it already!!
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Book The story is frightening, something that no one should ever have to endure.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Riveting Started this book at the beginning of a 26 hour train ride couldn't stop reading until it was done. Great book! The fact that it was a true story kept me hooked and I'm still intrigued as to how she survived such an ordeal without shutting down completely. Out of curiosity, I also read Nigel's book (the man who was kidnapped with Amanda). If you're going to pick one, read House in the Sky. It's written in a more articulate, forgiving and hopeful manner.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This is a must read for everyone. One of the best books I've read.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Practically Turned Its Own Pages During a trip to Hawaii, this book was in the condo that my family rented - what were the chances, considering I was from Alberta (just like the author herself). I picked it up every moment of downtime I got. I didn't finish it, so upon arriving to back in Canada I bought the book for myself. It was a huge eye opener to read the hardship that this woman went through, and made me very grateful for the safety of our own country. Absolutely worth the read.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put it down ! This memoir was moving and I read into the night to see what happended. There were times when I was yelling at her to not be so niave. This book will have an impact on me for quite sometime. The power of the mind and what we can endure, this book it remarkable. Also in the news last year in 2015 the RCMP lured one of Lindhout's kidnappers back to Canada and arrested him. Her perspective on the entire situation is nothing short of remarkable it really makes you think about forgiveness what we have in our daily life to be thankful for
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Whoa. Grueling. Heart breaking. Compelling from page 1. I couldn't stop reading this. It's going to be on my mind for a long time. I need time to fully process.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My New Fav! This book was captivating, and kept me intrigued the whole way through. Her story is shocking but amazing how she has responded to it and what she has accomplished. Not to mention an X grad!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from well written This book was enjoyed by myself, my mom and 3 of my sisters
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Very entertaining and powerful, it's definitely worth a read, I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Couldn't put this book down. Very inspiring.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! Loved this book! So inspirational! I could not put it down!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read I couldn't put this book down! Such a great read.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well written, but not a fan I read this as part of a book club, and probably wouldn't have finished it without the incentive of our next meeting. The saving grace is that it is a well-written book, but the deplorable treatment of her on her travels was entirely avoidable, and she just keeps going. Then there is the problem that Lindhout is not an entirely likeable character to root for to begin with.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shocking A frightening and scary experience.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unforgetable I read this book three years ago and I still think about it. I felt that it was written in such a way that I could relate to Amanda Lindhout and imagine everything she went through.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart wrenching, but excellent So well written. Hard to read at times, but a must-have for every non-fiction lover's home library.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing story, well-written I couldn't put this book down, her storyis mind-blowing, something that no one should ever have to endure but it's very powerful and resonates with you for a long time after you finish the book. I've recommended this to many friends and they've all raved about it too. Must read!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating Excellent book, I have recommended it to everyone! I couldn't put it down. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from meaningful definitely an amazing read, has a powerful message and proves you can get through anything. Definitely my favourite non-fiction book
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Recommended Read! This book was a book club pick, and I'm so glad it was! I couldn't put it down, though some parts were tough to read - especially knowing it wasn't a fictional story. Being a woman who has traveled alone, this book really hit home. Definitely worth reading!
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put it down I cannot properly describe the impact this book left on me after I finished reading it. I was truly awed and inspired by Amanda and what she endured - so amazing.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing and emotional This book is an emotional read and I cannot believe what the author has gone through, she is very strong and if we think we have a slight problem it cannot compare to what happens elsewhere in the world. I loved this book.
Date published: 2016-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I have always love biographies and memoirs and this is a stand out! so so so good! haven't had anything capture my attention like this book did in a while
Date published: 2016-05-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from terrifying story because it's true the story itself is interesting and terrifying but the writing was just okay
Date published: 2016-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good I am so happy this woman made it out of Somalia alive. She has survived a horrible phase in her life. She is so inspiring and Brave. I enjoyed the message this book brought to surface; because despite the captive conditions she continued to stay positive channeling her energy to a better place. Reading some of the verses made me invasion some of her cruel and most disastrous moments. Words are indescribable for Amanda's situation and for the other journalist who have experienced similar acts of human brutality.
Date published: 2016-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!!! Amanda Lindout's experience of being a captive to Muslim extremists was a very engrossing and revelatory read. She has great intestinal fortitude and a will to live. This book will show you the true realities of the harshness of what it is like in less civilized parts of the world.
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous book! I wish I could give it 10 stars This book is quite difficult at times to read, but well worth it. I couldn't put it down, I haven't felt this way about a book in a long time. The fact that it's a true story makes it all the more enthralling, although heart wrenching. I followed her story from the time that she was captured until she was finally released and I was so happy for her and for her wonderful family who never gave up on her. I truly admire Amanda and I very much admire the way she turned such a traumatic life experience into something more, that is beneficial for humankind and particularly for women in impoverished countries. Her story is well told and I highly recommend her book to everyone. I'm telling everyone about it!
Date published: 2016-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended! I have read many books from various genres, and I'd have to say that this book is so well-written and the most impactful that I have read this year. Once I began reading, I couldn't stop and I became wholly invested in hearing Amanda's story. Must-read!!
Date published: 2016-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must-Read Novel You just need to read it!! You're welcome haha
Date published: 2016-02-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did not like it. It was very repetitive and boring, what she went through was horrible and my heart broke when I read her experience, however it was the content that made me sad not her writing. I did not like it.
Date published: 2016-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put it down I got this book for Christmas, and finished it within 24 hours. This is no easy feat as a mother of two under 4! This book was well written, engaging, and had me neglecting the chores so I could read it. I recommend it to anyone who will listen, and it sparked in me the love of reading that had been dulled over the last few years of sleepless nights and early wake-ups. You won't regret it!
Date published: 2016-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping! 3 things: Horrific story. Well written. Must read.
Date published: 2015-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from well written This book will take you through the heart, mind and soul of Amanda and her life's journey. It is both powerful and emotional. You feel as though you are experiencing every emotion and though along with her. It was well written and I would recommend this to anyone who loves to read true story novels.
Date published: 2015-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable story This was beautifully written memoir. It is incredible Amanda endured and her ability to survive is evident in each paragraph.
Date published: 2015-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely incredible & inspiring Very powerful, at times soul-crushingly painful and yet you walk away from it feeling like you've gained something.
Date published: 2015-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A tough read! I thought this was a marvelous book but I found it hard to read her vivid descriptions of all the horrible things that were done to her. Why would anyone want to do the things those men did to Amanda Lindhout to anyone is beyond me. I too would be interested in hearing her partner's side of the ordeal, at least to find why he seemed to "abandon" her when things got tough.
Date published: 2015-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I give it a 5 stars!!! I devoured this book in no time and I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2015-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I had heard an interview on CBC Radio several months back with Amanda about her book. I was totally compelled by the 10 min segment; I wasn't long purchasing the book. What an incredible memoir this was. What this woman has been through required so much strength.... I can't even imagine. She goes into great personal detail of her personal experiences during captivity. And somehow through everything she manages to at one point feel compassion for her captures. Its a story you will not forget.
Date published: 2015-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting and thought-provoking If I were to divide this book into thirds, I would give the first and last sections a 5-star+ rating. I did find the middle section of the book somewhat repetitive and just too much of the same type incidents over and over, too much waiting for something major to happen. The ending was great and overall I was thoroughly satisfied with this book.
Date published: 2015-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A House in the Sky This is one of those books that every time I was in a bookstore would stop, pick it up, contemplate and then put back down and tell myself another time. When it was selected as Chapters Indigo's October pick for their #worldsbiggestbookclub I knew it was finally time to dive in. And am I ever glad I did. Such a powerful and moving read full of real emotion. This memoir either seems to speak to you or it doesn't. There are a number of reviews out there that seem to think that Amanda Lindhout may have gotten what she deserves. This is very disheartening. Yes, she may have exposed herself to danger and been naive in thinking she was invincible but no mater if you are traveling in a "safe" country or a war torn country you never know what can happen. No one deserves to be raped, beaten and torched. I found it hard to understand how she remained so positive during her whole ordeal and has even gone as far as to forgive her captors. Just goes to show how strong of a woman she is, and I have nothing but respect for her. I found the first third of the book very interesting, while others found it boring I began to develop jealousy towards Lindhout, she was traveling to all the countries I've only dreamed about visiting and living the dream that many will never get to experience. At the end of her memoir she mentions that Nigel wrote a book about his experience in Somalia and I would be very interesting on hearing his take on being imprisoned and his point of view. I am also excited that the book had been optioned into a movie and it will be very interesting to see how it comes out. What a true story of inspiration and perseverance
Date published: 2015-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life-Changing The tenacity of Amanda Lindhout in her personal memoir embodies the inner strength and power of the human will. Her courage, perseverance, and resilience throughout the story continue to inspire me every day to trust in my own inner strength and ability to triumph over hardships in my own life. Thank you Amanda for sharing your story and never giving up.
Date published: 2015-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Book! I bought it as part of my 2015 New Years resolution to take some me time this year and dedicate it to reading at least 1 book a month! What a fantastic read and totally inspiring 1st read to start my reading journey again!!
Date published: 2015-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read this book - Wow, Riveting! Gives me a whole new understanding of the Muslim world and the strength these two people, especially Amanda, endured to live through it and give back to the community & people who toured her and save her.
Date published: 2015-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The book that got me back into reading! I'd been starting and stopping reading, losing interest, for a number of months and really needed a good book to reignite my passion. Amanda Lindhout's book was it! I liked this book because it had elements of travel, culture, history, romance, and religion wrapped into one suspenseful, and quite gripping, memoir. I've never been someone who felt compelled to read all day or into the night, but with this book, I was. I finished this book feeling a deep connection to the author, and more aware of the state of Somalia. Highly, highly, recommend this title.
Date published: 2015-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All people will learn truly human lessons from this book that they take with them through life. I ordered two copies of this book. One for myself and one to give to a woman I've never met who lives in Puerto Rico that I was in an online gift exchange with. I will buy more copies as gifts in the future. I remember seeing Amanda on the news when she was a captive and being afraid for her and frustrated that there seemed to be nothing that we, as Canadians, could do for her. I kept asking "why would she go to Somalia?" So one of the reasons I wanted to read the book was to gain an understanding of why she would go there. I gained much more than an understanding of that. This book is a testament to the amazing strength that the human spirit is capable of and of the awesome internal strength that women have. The strategies that she used in her mind to survive are incredible and the strategies she used with her captives were wise and intelligent and we can all learn from that. What she went through was a harrowing nightmare. That she survived and was able to tell her story is a blessing. Amanda has gone on to found a charity organization and gone back to Somalia to help the people there which is even more amazing! What an example of forgiveness and compassion. I highly recommend this book. Amanda's story is one that will stick with me through my life. When I have moments where I feel like I can't go on or I can't do something I will think of her and know that I can.
Date published: 2014-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A House in the Sky This one will stay with me for a while. Since I finished reading, my mind returns again and again to memorable scenes, pivotal moments, and mystical insights. For most of us, international travel is an occasional money-depleting endeavour undertaken between long stretches of home, but for Amanda Lindhout, home was an occasional money-replenishing pastime undertaken between long stretches of international travel. Lindhout backpacked around the world, ticking off countries on an invisible list, comparing and contrasting the reality of them to National Geographic pages she thumbed through as a child. The National Geographic photos were one of the stable factors in an often turbulent childhood. The book begins with the stories of this childhood, which, if examined deeply enough, might merit a book of their own. Her memories of this time are both not really relevant and entirely relevant to the core of what this memoir is about: a kidnapping Somalia. For readers to understand how Lindhout ends up in Somalia at one of its most dangerous times in history, she needs to tell us the childhood and teenage events that shaped her, and she needs to delineate her evolution from "carefree young backpacker" to "aspiring war correspondent." And she needs to let us know how Nigel Brennan ended up along with her on such a horrific journey. This book takes reader on an up-and-down emotional ride: a downer of violence and alcohol abuse, an exciting ascending stretch of international travel to exotic locations, a gut-clenching plateau of apprehension because we know what lies ahead, a long, slow descent into horror, and finally an upward coast to healing, forgiveness and plans for the future. Lindhout gives an honest account of her missteps and her self-blame and guilt, especially when it comes to the complicated relationship with Nigel. She shares how she used the power of imagination and gratitude to persevere through months of boredom, and physical hardship. Lindhout and Corbett write a compelling story that, at the end of it all, is a tribute to the power of compassion and spirit. It stays with you for a while.
Date published: 2014-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A House of Courage and Inspiration I remember the time I met Amanda Lindhout and heard her speak. This was before I'd read the book, and what she shared in person moved me greatly and inspired me to tears. Yes, I was crying just from listening to the snippets of information she had shared about her life, her abduction, and the aftermath. From her younger years of traveling in search of freedom and independence, her years of coming into her own and finding her calling, to that fateful day and the 15 months that came after, "A House in the Sky" is written beautifully. It is descriptive as events unfolded without being clunky, it is reflective about the bigger picture of life, and it is introspective with the personal experiences of Lindhout. The biography's captivating engagement felt very much like Lindhout speaking directly to me in a very personal manner, just like she had in person even in a room full of people. This is when I know how very "her" it is, and how very difficult it must be for her to be so open and raw. While "A House in the Sky" is Lindhout's kidnapping and survival story, I must make mention of the issues that she touches on too - the engrained fundamentalistic upbringing of some of her extremist kidnappers that makes them believe that what they are doing is for a greater cause, and the poverty and torment that some of them has lived through that forces them to take desperate measures. Education is a key part in changing this. Lindhout knows it (as also reflected in Greg Mortenson's Three Cups of Tea, no matter how contested it is), and she has done great respectable work since her release through the Global Enrichment Foundation which she founded. There is also the forgiveness that she has extended to her abductors, and to herself. Live and learn, and always hold hope. Amanda Lindhout is a person of strength, courage, and faith. What she has shared in "A House in the Sky" makes it one of those memoirs that will not let you go. It will constantly be a part of your memory and of your knowledge because of how powerful and affecting it is. It might not change your life drastically even though it has changed hers, but it will definitely at least make you stop and think about choices you have made and will make.
Date published: 2014-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Courage in "the Program? "Suddenly, the knuckles on one of my hands exploded in pain. Someone had kicked my hand to loosen my grip on the pole. I howled and let go.? The same hand that signed my copy? The same hand that penned her experience? OW! It stung me there. Before I got a copy, I first read a chapter at the library that was on display. The scene was a phone transcript conversation in the middle of the book and it had me there. I got the glimpse of why everyone is raving about this book and bought a copy. It shipped later with preorders in early October but returned it since I won a signed copy from Indigo?s Twitter contest, since I also read it now for their World?s Biggest Book Club discussion. I read reviews that said this book will touch you, stay with you, and often find that one story that makes you very emotional while reading. No duh because Ms.Lindhout?s blood sweat and tears are literally dried onto many copies. Others for instance said it?s dry, repetitive, and boring. I agree to both positive and negative comments because it was repetitive but what else is there to know when you?re kidnapped and held in hostage for so long? The fact that Ms.Lindhout has been able to revisit that experience and continue being the woman she is today, doesn?t only make her strong but very courageous. Brave too but she knew she was until she faced those months of torturing captivity.
Date published: 2014-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a brave, strong and amazing woman! Oh...my...god! There are no words. I was an ugly crying, blubbering mess for the last part of this book. I cried myself to sleep! I met Amanda Lindhout at a book signing recently and I know that she is healthy, smiling, beautiful and seems at peace but reading about what she went through ripped my heart out. This is most certainly the most difficult book I have ever read. Part of me wishes that I had never read it or that I could wipe the horror from my mind because I will never forget it. I'm pretty sure that years from now I still won't be able to talk about this book without crying.
Date published: 2014-10-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from worth reading I found the first 125 pages the most challenging to get through. I enjoyed reading about the author's background and how she came to want to travel with her world travels pre-kidnapping serving to lead us to meet Nigel, however, I also found them boring and a wee bit pretentious. Close to the end of those first 100 pages I started to feel restless waiting for the meat and potatoes so to speak to begin and I began skipping forward and then reading back. The middle part of the book, detailing the time in captivity was well written and while not being graphic detailed the abhorrent things that happened to her. I was particularly interested to read how she used her mind and places in her mind to help her survive. I would have liked very much to have had a more expansive ending. I felt a little disappointed as it felt quite abrupt. Nothing much was said about Nigel, although we hear he wrote his own book. I would have like some more details on her recovery in those first days. How are her parents coping paying for the ransom etc... All in all a fast, compelling read.
Date published: 2014-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strength, Hope, and Survival It was hard to stomach the experience this woman went through. I really admired her strength, courage and her fight for survival, it was inspiring and i'm glad she made it. I hope Amanda Lindhout can find peace in her life after her ordeal.
Date published: 2014-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to Put Down I can't remember why I decided to purchase this book. I know I read something positive about it somewhere and it was on my "to read" list. Well, I couldn't put it down. I was so drawn to Amanda. It seems somehow not right to say it was a good book. It was well written BU it took you to places no person should ever have to go to and have to endure. Bottom line, it is a book about survival. And survive she did. But at what cost? Not to sound overly dramatic, but while reading this book, I would wake up in the middle of the night thinking about Amanda and her situation and not be able to get back to sleep. Once I finished it, I put the book on a shelf, almost afraid to touch it. I felt burned. I wish Amanda well and hope she finds peace for the rest of her life.
Date published: 2014-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought provoking. Compelling and thought provoking. Whether you agree with the Amanda's motives or not, this book is hard to put down.
Date published: 2014-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Writing Perfection! This book is absolutely powerful and beautifully written. Everyone would enjoy this book!
Date published: 2014-08-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Divided I received this book as a gift for my birthday last year. I don't generally read biographies or stories of this nature. On one hand, it was put together well by the author--there isn't much 'poor me, poor me' or blame placed on the rest of the world for having a rough start in her life, or what happened to her later in Somalia (which would have meant me putting the book down) but at the same time, I must agree with some other reviews here in that it was repetitive. I realize she needs to sculpt the story and can't really jump from day one to day 300 to omit any overlap, but I think she did succeed fairly well in not taking us too much through the menial, day-to-day existence she must have experienced more than we read about. There were moments in the book I found incredibly difficult to read, including the torture and sexual abuse she endured. While not graphic, per se, having spent a lot of time in her head and her world, only to read how she was so horribly treated, took its toll on me. I also found the finale, while the story ultimately ends with the positive ending and their release, to be rather anti-climactic. Nothing really... happens. Perhaps that's just me, but everything kind of shifts back to normal. I suppose in a way I was expecting that, though. So while I wouldn't say this was the most ground-breaking book I've ever read, I wouldn't toss it in the trash, either! If biography or real-life drama is your thing, you'll probably enjoy Ms. Lindhout's novel.
Date published: 2014-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Power of Hope and the Strength of the Human Spirit Beautifully written and deeply moving. This book will stay with me forever - by far, the best memoir I have ever read. Amanda Lindhout's strength and courage is inspiring. Although, at times, difficult to read because of the unimaginable cruelty and abuse described, the memoir is filled with a powerful message - hope always exists, even in the darkest of times and places.
Date published: 2014-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing true story, beautiful, horrific, courageous. I couldn't stop reading. This book will take your breath away. From an abusive household in Alberta, Canada as a child whose escape is found in old National Geographic books, Amanda has no idea how much she is learning about escaping into her mind or how much she will need this in her future. Her future as she sees it is travelling to the many countries she reads about. After she and her brothers move with her mother to a safe house, she starts planning for a future to include this travel. Amanda Lindhout's memoir is a masterpiece of how the mind can change itself whenever it needs to, how it compensates, over-rides, and deals with the worst kinds of trauma to keep lifeblood flowing. But not to get ahead of myself, first Amanda finds a way to earn enough money to finance a trip to South America. The first of many trips interspersed with coming home to work for more money. As a cocktail waitress, she has advanced through the ranks until she is in a place to earn high tips, enough to make a trip every year. This takes her to countries in South and Central America, Asia and Africa as what she considers a beginning to many more amazing places. The writing in this stage of the book is absolutely wonderful, bringing to mind all those National Geographics, while she backpacks her way through these countries, we feel we are seeing what she is seeing, experiencing what she is experiencing. She makes us feel what she is feeling, and it is consistently beautiful. Some countries like India and Pakistan she visits more than once, but then she begins to expand her horizons: Afghanistan, Iraq, Bangladesh, Ethiopia.... Between trips she turns again to cocktail waitressing, but her need to be somewhere exotic takes over every year, and each trip she gets deeper into dangerous territory. She travels fr a time with a freelance photographer, decides that next trip she wants to show the world to everyone. She becomes a freelance photojournalist, occasionally selling photos and stories to various papers and magazines. She has teamed up with Nigel, another freelance photographer, an Australian. When she decides to head into war zones, she asks him to join her and he semi-reluctantly does. Here the book shifts dramatically. It is 2008 and she has chosen to go into Somalia. Once in Somalia, known as the 'most dangerous country in the world,' everything changes. Although at first she and Nigel are enjoying the relatively 'safe' city of Mogadishu, on the fourth day she, Nigel, and their drivers are abducted by extremist Muslims. Assuming that all North Americans are rich, their abductors set an impossibly high ransom, which their parents are unable to even come near to paying and their respective governments have no intention of paying. Thus begins their ordeal which will last for 463 days of captivity and isolation. Kept in one room at first, they pretend they want to convert to Islam as a way of staying alive. They are visited sometimes by their captors wanting to learn English, and to teach them the Koran. As time goes by and their captors' demands are not met, they are moved from house to house, always in the dark. Nigel and Amanda escape from one of the houses and are recaptured. From that point on, the two are completely separated and are shackled; Amanda gets the brunt of punishment as a woman, which includes rape, beatings and torture but she is able to separate herself in her mind from what is happening, a product of her childhood days. She is kept in complete darkness, later she is also bound and gagged. As fever takes over, beatings and rape continue almost daily but she is now living in her mind and guided by a calmness brought on by what seems to be a voice and is able to use different approaches to this separation of her being and her mind. Her mind's eye sees a beautiful house, one that she constructs room by room, floor by floor, until it reaches the sky. A focus for survival. When finally rescued, neither Amanda nor Nigel are able to comprehend the fact that they are free. They can't comprehend that the food they are given is meant for them, they are fearful it will be taken away or they will be beaten. Both are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and it will take a long time to learn how to handle that. It may never be gone. But Amanda has built that inner strength from her ordeals and although the fear is always with her, she becomes forgiving of many things, including forgiving herself. In the Epilogue, we learn that she founds a non-profit organization, the Global Enrichment Foundation to help provide and support education in Somalia, and partnering with other groups, funding scholarships to thirty-six Somalian women attending university, among other projects. This book is gut-wrenchingly real, powerful, and well-written; although the memories and fears of the atrocities are obviously very much a part of her, she has chosen to move on with her life in a positive way. This review is based on an Advance Reading Copy (ARC) I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2014-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible story of an amazing woman Amanda Lindhout, a Canadian freelance journalist, and Nigel Brennan, an Australian photographer, traveled to Somalia in the summer of 2008 to report on the war raging in this country. What should have been a one-week short trip turned into a 15-month nightmare when Amanda and Nigel were kidnapped by a group of rebels. This book tells Amanda’s harrowing and heartbreaking story. Deeply moving, it is very well written and manages to be strangely uplifting. Despite enduring starvation, torture and sexual abuse, Amanda Lindhout didn’t lose hope of one day being free. I met Amanda Lindhout when she came to Ottawa on Saturday 26 October 2013. She is a tall, skinny and beautiful young woman, with long dark hair. While she seemed to be doing okay, she told us that she suffers from severe PTSD and that she is afraid of the dark. She credits her family, her psychologist and meditation with helping her heal. She chose to forgive her captors, to let go of the anger and hatred. She explained that this is a gift to herself, not to her kidnappers. In May 2010, Amanda established the Global Enrichment Foundation to allow Somali women to get an education and to fund a famine relief program. Next fall, she is planning to go to university, and she would like to write a book on recovery. Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.
Date published: 2014-04-10

Editorial Reviews

“A House in the Sky is the riveting story, exquisitely told, of a young woman’s passionate quest to create an uncommonly large life, against all odds. Amanda Lindhout’s journey is a singular one, an epic adventure that ranges from colorful to gripping, in which the stakes are nothing less than absolutely everything. With stunning honesty and clarity, Lindhout and Corbett have made certain of two things: No reader will ever forget this book—or be able to put it down.”