- Hardcover: 230 pages
- Publisher: Hazelden; 1st Edition edition (October 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568380887
- ISBN-13: 978-1568380889
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Miles to Go Before I Sleep: My Grateful Journey Back from the Hijacking of Egyptair Flight 648 Hardcover – October 1, 1995
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On November 23, 1985, EgyptAir Flight 648, bound from Athens to Cairo, was hijacked and forced to land on Malta. The hijackers, members of a dissident Palestinian faction, shot several passengers and shoved them down the boarding ramp. The drama ended nearly 24 hours later when Egyptian commandos stormed the plane; 59 people died in the shootout. One of the survivors was a 31-year-old special-education teacher from Texas named Jackie Pflug. Shot in the head by a hijacker, she later suffered epileptic seizures, severe depression, visual and hearing problems and memory loss. Her compelling memoir recounts the hijacking in dramatic detail, but even more dramatic is her account of the struggle to recover her physical and mental health. Invited to speak before groups about her ordeal and its aftermath, Pflug discovered the therapeutic benefits of reaching out to help others; her motivational tapes have become widely popular. Written with Peter Kizilos, her memoir is an inspirational chronicle of personal tragedy surmounted by raw courage. Photos. 20,000 first printing; $30,000 ad/promo.
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The second half of the book chronicles gut-wrenching recovery - physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual. No matter one's spiritual beliefs, what the reader comes away with is a profoundly deeper thought process and heightened appreciation for mysteries we cannot understand and forces that shape us into better humans if we allow it.
There is something here for everyone -- a riveting adventure story as she gives a moment by moment account of the hijacking. There is inspiration in her telling of her recovery and the goals she set for herself. Jackie explains her philosophy and spirituality in a way that would be consistent with most any relious belief-- or non belief.
Most of all, you will learn to appreciate every single day. This is not a sappy "survivor" account but a real life experience that happened to change the author's life. This book will give you the courage to face your obstacle's. It is on my gift list for everyone I know.