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Unshaken: Rising from the Ruins of Haiti's Hotel Montana Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 24, 2010
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From the Back Cover
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.
Top Customer Reviews
At 4:53pm a 7.0 earthquake shook Haiti. Dan and David had just arrived back at the Hotel Montana where they were staying. The six story structure took just seconds to collapse and bury the two deep in the rubble.
Unshaken: Rising from the Ruins of Haiti's Hotel Montana is Dan's story. It is an open and emotional account of the hours that Dan spent buried.
Dan lived through the quake and was able to find a safe place in the rubble to wait for rescue. There in the bowels of a hellish situation he struggled with thoughts of his own death and what had happened to David. He worried about what would happen to his wife and two young boys if he wasn't rescued in time. And in pitch black he met the God he had worshiped for years, but had grown lukewarm in the last few years.
In the darkness he heard other survivors near him and together they encouraged each other through the direst of circumstances. A young Haitian man in an elevator shaft next to Dan was one of those survivors. Through their hours in captivity Dan led this young man to a saving relationship with Christ.
When he was rescued 65 hours later he had a head wound, a broken leg, and was dehydrated. But he was also a new man in his faith, having experienced God in a profound way. He emerged from the rubble with a renewed zest for life and for his faith.
This book is more than Dan's story. It is also his wife Christina's story.Read more ›
Unshaken weaves Dan and Christy's personal story with his time buried under the Hotel Montana, and in so doing, it speaks to what was on his mind, not just about the earthquake. Dan wanted to be rescued -- for his family. He was concerned for his wife and how she would cope; giving her the best advice he could in his journal. Dan was being a loving husband. He was thinking about his children and how they would grow up without him around, concerned that they would blame God and possibly turn from Him. Dan was being a great dad.
When I read a story like Unshaken, where the author opens his heart, it's a special thing because it lets me identify with the emotions of the moment. As a husband and father myself, I am gripped by the same fears for my family as Dan and Christy's story is told.
Unshaken's impact on me continues to this day, long after the last page was turned. I got a glimpse of what it might have been like for Dan to be reunited with his family, knowing that they would not have to live life without him. Every day God gives me with my family should be lived with that same gratitude and sense of wonder. We are blessed. I am blessed.
My wife and kids were asleep when I finished Unshaken. That didn't stop me from giving each one of them a hug and kiss. I need to cherish each moment with them and not take the time that God has given us together for granted. We can never know what tomorrow will bring.
P.S. A father's love for his family is great. How much greater is God's love for us, and how much sweeter will our reunion be with Him?
Though I would expect a detailed report of three days spent in an elevator to become tedious (life-threatening injuries or not), I found myself being swept along in the current of the story at a breakneck speed. In fact it only took me two days to read the whole book, which is extremely fast for me, a slow-paced reader by preference. I think that the short chapters helped to keep the flow of the story moving quickly. As a fellow viewer of educational survival shows, I also appreciated Woolley's reference to Bear Grylls, whose program Man vs. Wild inspired him to utilize survival methods he may not have otherwise known about.
My favorite chapters were those in which Woolley recounts Christy's years of debilitating depression. I was impressed with her tenacity and ability to weather the long years of emotional and spiritual darkness. Whether intended or not, I think Christy's story will serve to educate Christians on the severity of depression as a physical disease and promote a more compassionate response to it in the church community where too often legitimate chemical imbalances are misinterpreted as laziness or an excuse to escape responsibility.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Inspirational and well written. I enjoyed the audible version while on a recent trip so was able to hear the entire bookPublished 23 months ago by Precious
I am one who does NOT like reading. But I got this book and loved it from page 1 until the end. I honestly had times where I had to force myself to put it down and save it for... Read morePublished on May 27, 2014 by Philip Patterson Jr.
This book is well written and very moving! Mr Woolley's experience in the Haitian earthquake was life changing and he brings his readers right along with him! Read morePublished on April 17, 2014 by db
I was shaken as I read the experience of being trapped in the hotel after the Haiti earthquake. It was as if I were experiencing the tragedy myself.Published on February 1, 2014 by rdb114
Tells actual happening and how bad the situation is in Haiti.
I would recommend the book to anyone.
It has a definite Christian theme
I went to school with Dan and I am just amazed by his story. I can't believe what a miracle he is.Published on August 30, 2013 by Justme
An unusual setting for sure: buried under 6 stories! It helped to know that the author of the book was the one under so obviously he made it out. Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Gayle Lai
I was immediately drawn in and could hardly put this book down. Dan's writing just helps you feel exactly what he was going through.Published on August 11, 2013 by Cindy Grohs
This takes you on a ride with wheels on 2 tracks at once. Both stories are compelling for very different reasons...but no less inspiring and thought-provoking.Published on August 9, 2013 by Dennis E. Beckwith