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  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Divertir Publishing LLC (January 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098429306X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984293063
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,618,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have bought over 100 nonfiction books on Amazon, but this is the first time I feel compelled to write a review. The author's writing style is clear and authentic and the message is inspiring. The book is accessible to young and mature adults and provides a great account of a very important international incident.
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This is a strong debut by a new author, with a vivid depiction of the desperate situation in Haiti after the earthquake and the plight of the people as they struggle to recover. You feel the author's astonishment at the scope of the devastation and his pain at the suffering of the victims. But while there is sorrow for the pain, there is a real sense of admiration for the heart and humanity of the Haitians, and hope for the future. This book explores the essential conflict of the human experience, by powerfully showing both the depth of human suffering, and the promise of a better life. If you believe that we all are responsible for our fellows, then read this account of one man's journey into a disaster zone.
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I had the honor of reading a copy of this book prior to print. This was a special read for me as I was able to observe as Chris went through this special part of his life. For those interested in doing mission work: this is your book. For those interested in a first hand point of view of the terrible events occurring in Haiti post-earthquake: this is your book. For those interested in humanity: this is your book. Knowing that the money spent on this book will in part go toward helping children in great need makes the purchase of this book a must. Chris: you did a wonderful job with this book!
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I could not put down this book. Only at the break of day on the morning after I began reading did it occur to me to close my eyes and finish it later that day. Chris pens an exciting, emotional, and inspirational account of a mission trip to Haiti that enlightens readers on a broken, corrupt country whose people paradoxically never seem to lose hope. After the devastating earthquake in January 2010 that shook Haiti to its already fragile core, the author and his colleagues journey to Port-au-Prince on a mission to deliver medical supplies to a makeshift hospital. Chris describes his struggles as he witnesses both the best and worst of the human spirit all in one five-day endeavor. Readers feel his pain as he tours the worst of the earthquake damage, and his joy when he looks into the eyes of a sick, tired, yet hopeful child. "Tears for the Mountain" is an absolute must-read for anyone with a beating heart.
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I value this first hand account of the conditions in Haiti following the earthquake. Chris imparts a very personal view including his fear, his physical challenges, the sweat dripping off his nose numerous times, and even his realization that he was experiencing the revolting smell of human corpses. Do I want to travel to Haiti to help the people there? No. I now realize that I do not have the stamina, maybe not the stomach. I admire Chris' determination to complete the mission of delivering the medical supplies in person--none of his donors had to worry that their donation was swallowed into the cavern of corruption. I too weep for Haiti. But all I can do is send a check and hope it will make a difference some how. God save Haiti.
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In the United States, where our national attention span seems to coincide with the length of a half-hour TV sitcom, it’s no surprise that the deadly, destructive earthquake in Haiti has disappeared from our national consciousness.

The January 12, 2010 quake killed more than 100,000 men, women and children and left tens of thousands more homeless. News reports at the time told of office building collapses in the capital of Port-au-Prince that buried scores of people alive under tons of debris. In the days and weeks that followed, orphaned children wandered the streets and roaming gangs enforced vigilante justice while looting homes and businesses for food and valuables.

Despite an initial international response that led to more than $32 million in donations in less than a month, the scores of similarly horrific disasters since – including the current typhoon recovery underway in the Philippines – have shoved the Haiti story completely off the mainstream media radar.

A quick Google search of the phrase “relief efforts in Haiti earthquake” produces recent releases from the Red Cross, CARE and the Obama White House. However, articles from such mainstream news sources as CNN, the Washington Post and the Christian Science Monitor carry publication dates as old as only a few days and weeks after the quake itself.

Filling this informational void, however, is a powerful nonfiction chronicle called Tears for the Mountain. In his debut work, Chris Rakunas vividly shares his week-long experiences delivering ten tons of medical supplies throughout Haiti.
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This is a first-hand account of hospital administrator Chris Rakunas' experience in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010, offering medical support at an orphanage. It details the conditions, the chaos and the wonder of the human spirit amidst such a tragedy. Though he was only there for a couple of days, he was able to witness first-hand just how ravaged this nation really is.

The suffering goes beyond the damage from the earthquake - the people of Haiti have long suffered at the hands of their government. Entire villages are starving to death, with no help in sight. Stories of how their former leader sacrificed and burned Haitian citizens in order to instill fear and cooperation are horrifying beyond imagination.

The stark contrast between American society and comforts and the conditions found in Haiti made me feel thankful and a little bit ashamed of how easy we have it. We have access to food, shelter, electricity, medical care, and we feel safe in our homes and neighborhoods (for the most part). None of that exists in Haiti. A simple walk down the street can turn into confrontation. People are desperate and starving and are in survival mode.

The author disdainfully describes a Hollywood film crew that tagged along with them to film the conditions in Haiti and how inconsiderate they were, more concerned with getting the film footage than with the humanity before them. Almost like it's not real to them.

The formatting of the ebook is pretty messy - there are bad page breaks and it looks like the footer has gotten interspersed in the middle of the pages - but after a while I just started to ignore them. The story is engrossing enough that it's easy to look past it.

(Review written by Kathy, a Literary R&R book review blog team member)
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