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We Are Not Afraid Paperback – February 1, 2002
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Inspired by the events of September 11, 2001, Hickam reflected on his youth and realized the values he grew up with in Coalwood were what many people needed to move on with their lives following the tragic terrorist attacks on America. Hickam expertly wove his thoughts and experiences into the four "Coalwood Attitudes of Strength and Courage" (We are proud of who we are, We stand up for what we believe, We keep our families together, and We trust in God but rely on ourselves), which led to the "Coalwood Assumption" that most Americans found themselves either wanting to say or saying repeatedly following 9/11: "We are not afraid."
In his introduction, Hickam explains the purpose of this book: "If you want to stop being afraid, or if you want to avoid the habits of fear and dread, this book can help by teaching you a philosophy of life that will fill your heart and soul with a sense of well-being and confidence. It is a philosophy that was developed by real people who led good, happy and hearty lives while managing to raise a crop of children who went on to have successful lives of their own."
Hickam is a master storyteller, and his stories contained many powerful moral and inspirational passages.Read more ›
While it is a collection of stories about growing up in a small coal-mining town in West Virginia it makes you stop and think hard about what really should be important in life, the values, the morals, the spirit, all the things that went into creating our great Nation. Mr. Hickam points out that yes times are perilous, but that there have been many perilous times and many hardships and challenges and being afraid is not a way to meet these. He pulls no punches when he discusses the United States of America. He dismisses those who want to focus on our failures as a Nation and fail to acknowledge our ability to correct our errors and move forward as a whole. This book is a life lesson on how not to live your life in fear, and how to overcome and surmount obstacles in your way. This is not accomplished by promising "pie-in-the-sky" but by learning from the examples of others ways to be strong and have courage and face life with your head up. This revolves around four important attitudes. #1 We are proud of who we are. #2 We stand up for what we believe. #3 We keep our families together. #4 We trust in God but rely on ourselves. These may sound simplistic to many people, but when they are broken down and explained you will know that it is possible to live a good purposeful life and not be diminished by fear and to pass this on to those around you.
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This book is inspiring. If you need an additional voice on the value of knowing where you come from, what is important to you such that you will fight for it, how to understand... Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by Cathy Maiolo
Homer's writing is simple, and that is his strength. He talks about right and wrong, courage and cowardice, perseverance and lethargy with a clarity that is refreshing from the... Read morePublished on October 8, 2013 by Tran Ba Khoi Nguyen
This book is well written, and I enjoyed learning about Hickam's life. This book is worth sharing with friends. This will make an excellent gift.Published on August 25, 2013 by Wendell F. Wentz
I bought this because I like his Coalwood series and the people who made up the town. I don't agree with anything said about Religion or the Idealist one sided presentation of... Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by Retired EE
It's a different type of book than any of Hickam's Coalwood memoirs that everyone has come to love. It is more self-help based, and there are some good points in there. Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by E. Cunningham
I got this for my husband. He started to read it but it wasn't what he thought it was going to be about. He was not interested. Read morePublished on October 26, 2012 by Sara
I'm a fan of Homer Hickam. I met him at a Mars Society convention. He was a guest speaker. A real down to earth man who likes people. Read morePublished on May 3, 2012 by Thomas Erickson
Always a fan of Homer Hickam... So I am not sure he could ever write something that I wouldn't like. Read morePublished on November 10, 2009 by Diane M. Glover
I read this book. It changed my life for the better. Enough said. Hickam is very gifted. Who are his people? You'll be surprised.Published on April 2, 2002