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Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Life's Darkest Hours Hardcover – October 6, 2015

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"The memoir not only dramatically conveys how swiftly an 'ordinary' life can change, but also probes the depth of the struggle to rise from despair to hope."—Publisher's Weekly

"Heartfelt...[a] courageous and inspiring book from a genuine hero."—Kirkus Reviews

Choosing Hope is a moving account of how Roig-DeBellis returned to normalcy by promoting generosity and accessing faith and positive thinking."
—Wally Lamb, New York Times bestselling author of We Are Water and She’s Come Undone

“A brave book by a courageous woman that reveals the healing power of compassion.”
—Karen Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author of Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life and The History of God

"Choosing Hope is a stirring memoir, capturing not only the brutality of the Sandy Hook tragedy but the incredible heroism, resilience and grace that emerged in its wake. Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis’s deep love for her students makes this a bold, inspiring and ultimately hopeful book."    
—Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post and author of the New York Times bestseller Thrive 

"For anyone who has despaired at the human condition, at the horrors we perpetrate onto each other, Kaitlin Roig-Debellis tells a story that shares our heartbreak and then, just as persuasively, offers us the only possible way forward."
—Amanda Ripley, New York Times bestselling author of The Smartest Kids in the World and The Unthinkable

“Teachers rescue children every day by teaching them the skills they need to succeed in life.  But no teacher expects to have to rescue her students from a deadly attack.  Kaitlin Roig’s quick thinking and swift action saved her students’ lives. In her book, Choosing Hope, Kaitlin honors the memory of the children and educators whose lives were lost on that sad day.”
--Mrs. Laura Bush, Former First Lady of the United States 

"In Choosing Hope, Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis shows what being tough, courageous, and compassionate is all about. In the face of unspeakable tragedy and horror, she gives us a beautiful portrait of the power of hope and love in the healing of a person, a community, and a country."
—Gabrielle Giffords, Former Congresswoman and New York Times bestselling author

"A beautifully written book that demonstrates the power of the human spirit."
—Adam Braun, New York Times bestselling author of The Promise of a Pencil 
 
"It is a book that parents and teachers will connect with deeply."
—Jay Mathews, education columnist, Washington Post and bestselling author of Work Hard. Be Nice.

“What a fantastic, straightforward and authentic book. All readers—especially teachers, parents and those in emergency professions—will find much to stimulate their thinking in Choosing Hope. I’ll be recommending it to all of my colleagues.”
—Professor Isaac Ashkenazi, International Expert for Crisis Management & Leadership, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

“Every day teachers go beyond the call of duty, touching children’s lives….Kaitlin is proof of that in so many ways.” —Otha Thornton, president of National PTA

"Choosing Hope is an inspiring story of a young teacher’s triumph over the unimaginable tragedy of the Sandy Hook school massacre. It is also a cautionary tale about school administrators who don't listen. There are many more Kaitlins in our classrooms than we know. We must cherish them."— Tony Wagner, author of The Global Achievement Gap and Creating Innovators
 
“Intensely moving.”—New York Daily News  

Choosing Hope is part memoir, part testimonial, and all heart. Ms. Roig-DeBellis witnessed the absolute worst of mankind and survived; in its aftermath, she chose to move forward—and she implores readers to do the same, regardless of their circumstances. By choosing hope over pessimism, love over hate, and compassion over ambivalence, we choose to live within light even when darkness threatens to descend. That’s a lesson entirely worthy of learning, and sharing—and there’s nobody better to teach it.”—Examiner.com

About the Author

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis is the founder of the nonprofit Classes 4 Classes, Inc and an inspirational speaker for teachers and organizations across the country. Previously, she was a first-grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Roig-DeBellis contributes to a biweekly educational blog for The Huffington Post and has been honored as a Glamour magazine Woman of the Year and chosen as a “L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth.” In 2013, she received two honorary doctorate degrees and the Dedicated Teacher Award from The Chicago International Conference on Education.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (October 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399174451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399174452
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am saddened to have even picked up this book. I can't believe the amount of self glorification continued within its borders. i was expecting to a heartfelt and enlightening account of the Newtown tragedy but it was none of that. I wish I can ask for a refund.
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If you're in need of serious help, and are in your darkest hour, choose another book.
Calling this a “Self-Help” book is a large misnomer. Self-praise, yes. Self-help, not so much. At least it didn’t help me, a much older person than the author trying to recover from my worst crisis, a painful divorce.
I give her top marks for resourcefulness and bravery I couldn't even imagine happening. But her chance to recover was much greater than my own.
For starters, the author was 29 when Sandy Hook happened-much younger than myself. Second, she started with money in her background and made a lot more on speaking tours since Sandy Hook. It’s a lot easier to have hope for the future if you have lots of jack in the present, and speakers-even marginal ones like I used to be don’t come cheaply.
This book is 90% uninteresting memoir, 9% exciting tale of a resourceful woman’s survival, and 1% clichés about moving forward. This is five hours of my life that aren’t coming back, while I remain in the quagmire I've been stuck in for so many months now.
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This book is total bull s***
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Drivel
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If 65% of reviewers give this book one star, how can the rating appear so high?
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How exactly 48% of the 1 star vs of the 44% of tge 5 stars get you 4.1 stars review?
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By Lori1724 on December 20, 2015
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If there is a God she has not seen her darkest hours yet.
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