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The dramatic and redemptive memoir of a woman whose curiosity led her to the world’s most beautiful and remote places, its most imperiled and perilous countries, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity—an exquisitely written story of courage, resilience, and grace

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.

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A House in the Sky
October 1st, 2015
Amanda and Nigel’s ordeal in captivity is a remarkable feat of perseverance and endurance under such hostile conditions. It surprised me that Amanda showed a certain empathy towards her captors, which gave her much credibility to adapt to the situation with such positive logic thinking. The book has been well written, and flows to the extent of not being able to put it down just in case the momentum is lost. I wish Amanda and Nigel, and their respective families much happiness in their future lives. It made me wonder how much support I would receive under the same conditions. A life changing experience which Amanda has positively capitalized on to help support some form of rehabilitation that aims to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life in these stricken countries. ‘The Price of Life’ – Nigel Brennan, here I come…
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Tied in the theme of the book well.
October 25th, 2013
Very powerful, sad story of strength and willpower. I couldn't put the book down.
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A House in the Sky
October 13th, 2013
What a great tribe to what the mind and body can endure! A must read book.
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An amazing book!
October 8th, 2013
I read this book in two days, deep into the night, unable to put it down. An amazing story of courage and faith. God bless Amanda and Nigel and keep them safe and happy for the rest of their lives.
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