A House In the Sky by Amanda Lindhout

A House In the SkyAmanda Lindhout was a teenager in Red Deer, Alberta when she became fascinated with National Geographic magazine. Because her family was dysfunctional, Amanda dreamed of escaping Canada to visit some of the exotic places that she had learned about in the magazines.

She finally figures out how to escape her life by being a cocktail waitress, accumulating enough money and then running away for as long as her money holds out. This fascinating autobiography tells Amanda’s story and how every time she runs out of money, she returns to Canada to work as a cocktail waitress and starts all over again.

Many of us dream of seeing the most exotic places in the world –the safe places and maybe even some of the truly dangerous places. Amanda does what we dream about, displaying bravery beyond belief. She makes many friends, both male and female in all parts of the globe. However, she makes one big mistake when she and her colleague, Nigel, decide to report on what it is like in Somalia.

She and Nigel are captured and held for ransom, just like what we’ve read about Somali pirates who capture merchant ships off the Somali coast. For the next 15 months they are held in captivity and tortured in order to extract a ransom from their families. It is truly chilling!

This is one of the most powerful books I have ever read. It is not for the faint of heart, but it does illustrate what is happening in parts of the world that we only get a glimpse of in newspaper and television stories.

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