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Unshaken: Rising from the Ruins of Haiti’s Hotel Montana Hardcover – December 25, 2010
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"Powerful, personal, and faith-enhancing." --Bear Grylls, survival expert and host of Man vs. Wild
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In a story of survival, Dan Woolley--who spent 65 hrs trapped beneath the rubble of Haiti's Hotel Montana--recounts his experience living through the 7.0 Haiti earthquake in Unshaken: Rising from the rubble of Haiti's Hotel Montana (Zondervan).
After a last-minute hotel switch, no one, not even Dan's wife, knew where he was staying while in Haiti. Trapped in total darkness for nearly three days, with a broken foot, his leg ripped open and a head injury, Dan battled despair, dehydration, anger with God and doubt over whether he would live to see his wife and two young sons again.
Woolley had allowed his faith and marriage to weaken in the busyness of life. Now, his entrapment forced him to think about what really mattered as he struggled to hold on to hope and stay alive until he could be rescued.
Unshaken includes color photos Woolley took under the rubble, the good-bye notes he wrote to his family in case he was never rescued, and heartrending reflections from Woolley's wife as she waited for news as to whether her husband was alive. You will be captivated by Woolley's themes of spiritual and marital renewal, the ways in which his faith sustained him in the life-and-death situation, and his insights into poverty through his work with Compassion International, the world's largest Christian child development organization.
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Dan mentioned in the book that they had mistaken his name for "Dan Healy" initially. I remember a posting on Facebook saying that a man named Dan Healy had been located in the rubble, and people were speculating whether it could actually be Dan Woolley. Then the photos and videos of his rescue started pouring in, bringing some joy and hope to a community that was desperate for some news of their missing loved ones.
My favorite parts of this book were Dan's honest and open descriptions of his struggles with his faith, both while buried in the rubble and in the early years of his marriage. This book is really God's story as told through the life of Dan.
Dan's story may be very painful to read for anyone who lost a loved one in the Haiti earthquake, so a word of caution to those folks who might be considering reading it. Aside from that, I highly recommend this book!
I cannot say that I felt his pain, his anguish, or his anger; how could I possibly, but by the end of the book I certainly was feeling something I had never felt before. What that was (is) will take some time to process. I finished the book and thought, "This is gonna make a great movie..." and then thought to add, "if they leave Jesus in it."
I said earlier (in a longer Wordpress review)that I know Dan. The truth be told I've only met the man twice: once before the earthquake and once after. I suppose you could say we're friends, but the designation is assumptive. I'd like to think if I lived in Colorado or if he in Jersey, we'd hang out. What I do know from reading his book that I would jump at the opportunity to know him better.
*Dan would likely say Jesus Christ was the Star of this book and I would agree.
One will understand depression and how very difficult it can be after reading this book, and one will also come away with a realistic hope about how life can get better and depression can be overcome. Also one experiences what it must have been like to be buried alive in the Haiti earthquake.
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I would recommend the book to anyone.
It has a definite Christian theme