Wednesday, January 27, 2010
The book Buried Alive is the extraordinary, true story of Roy Hallums. He was a retired U.S. Navy commander working as a civilian in Iraq. The Saudi Arabian Trading and Construction Company provided security for Roy Hallums and his co-workers as they worked to supply food for the American Army in Baghdad. Yet, one of the security team was actually a traitor who arranged for the security gate to be unlocked and led a gang of men into his office.
Mr. Hallums is kidnapped and moved from place to place until he reaches a small farmhouse. He is held captive in a small concrete hole underneath an Iraqi home. As this traumatic story unfolds, you hear not only of his mistreatment, but also of his wisdom as he deals with each situation. Roy Hallums was held hostage for 311 days enduring beatings, filthy conditions, bad ventilation, and a great deal of abuse. His family was not even aware he was in Iraq until his capture. The book does a good job of telling the story of both his and his family’s experience.
Buried Alive is not the type of book I usually read, and I actually considered handing it over to my husband for review. I’m glad I didn’t. I was amazed at Mr. Hallum’s ability to keep up with dates and his recall of details. It was shocking to hear how his family was treated during the events. It seemed as if the government considered them the enemy rather than victims. This well written volume gives you a good grasp of what it is like to be under terrorists control and how to respond. Even though Roy rarely mentioned faith, his example of taking each day as it came is a good example of living out Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
* I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed are my own.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I'm telling you, this story is intriguing! My kids have all heard the story before, yet as Ben and I began reading, his teen-aged brothers immediately sat down to listen. Nathan was in the back of the house yelling "read louder so I can hear!" and soon came in to hear the story. Aaron would scold me when we'd look at the pictures, "let me see too!" Obviously, I'd forgotten exactly how captivating the story is. I would love to know if Ti-Fam has been aware of how far reaching her story has been.
They really should consider marketing the story in book form rather than just as a flash-card story, or better yet, make another book telling of the challenges they have faced during this current crisis. Hearing how God has used this crisis to bring others to Him, now that would be fascinating!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
This is what it looked like in Haiti before the earthquake. It looked better before the earthqake, but then after the earthquake it looked very bad.
After the earthquake, they are handing out plastic tents for the people to sleep and live in until they can get help. This is the Baptist Haiti Mission where Ti-Fam went.
Even after the earthquake, people were praising and thanking God for those who didn't die. These people had lost family members, moms and dads died, so the kids need help. Would you help me raise money so I can help them? I will be reading books one hour everyday so we can raise money for Haiti so the kids won't be lost and they will have people to take care of them and so they will have plenty of food to eat. Would you please help me by sponsoring me? You can pay so much for each book I read for the next 3 weeks. Or whatever you want to send. We will give the money to Baptist Haiti Mission. All of the money will go to help with the earthquake. Please pray every day for God to take care of every single person in Haiti, especially the kids that are hurt. Mom and Dads too for them to find their kids. The End
For those who are just beginning to read this blog, the story of Ti-Fam is in my previous blog. I would really appreciate you helping Benjamin in his project. Whether with a donation, or with words of encouragement. More information to follow later tonight. Thank you