A House In The Sky by Amanda Lindhout

This book is unlike any book that I have ever read before. I am sure that what I have read will stay with me for many years to come. A House In The Sky is an autobiography by Amanda Lindhout, a journalist who was taken hostage in Somalia for 15 months. In order to survive she and photographer Nigel pretended to convert to Islam, participating in studying the Koran and praying throughout the day.

I am intentionally avoiding telling you too much about the book because I want you to experience without preconceived ideas about the book.

This book has been contracted to be made into a movie and I highly recommend reading the book prior to seeing the movie. You really should read in her own words what she experienced and what she was thinking prior to seeing the movie.

Good Reads states:

“As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales. At the age of nineteen, working as a cocktail waitress in Calgary, Alberta, she began saving her tips so she could travel the globe. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and emboldened by each adventure, went on to Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Somalia—“the most dangerous place on earth.” On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road.

Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda converts to Islam as a survival tactic, receives “wife lessons” from one of her captors, and risks a daring escape. Moved between a series of abandoned houses in the desert, she survives on memory—every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity—and on strategy, fortitude, and hope. When she is most desperate, she visits a house in the sky, high above the woman kept in chains, in the dark, being tortured.

Vivid and suspenseful, as artfully written as the finest novel, A House in the Sky is the searingly intimate story of an intrepid young woman and her search for compassion in the face of unimaginable adversity.”


4 responses to “A House In The Sky by Amanda Lindhout

  1. That sounds really good. I’ll have to check it out.

  2. I just signed onto my library’s website and put it on hold. Thanks for letting us know about this book–looks very intriguing.

    • It was very moving. There was one chapter that moved me so much emotionally that I had to take a break for 3 days of reading it. I can’t tell you how many tissues I went through reading this book. Her story is amazing.

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