By Amanda Lindhout, Sara Corbett
The dramatic and redemptive memoir of a girl whose interest led her to the world’s most lovely and foreign places, its so much imperiled and dangerous international locations, after which into fifteen months of harrowing captivity—an exquisitely written tale of braveness, resilience, and grace
As a toddler, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent loved ones via paging via problems with National Geographic and imagining herself in its unique locales. on the age of 19, operating as a cocktail waitress in Calgary, Alberta, she begun saving her advice so she may perhaps go back and forth the globe. desiring to comprehend the realm and stay an important lifestyles, she backpacked via Latin the USA, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and emboldened through each one event, went directly to Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling occupation as a tv reporter. after which, in August 2008, she traveled to Somalia—“the most deadly position on earth.” On her fourth day, she was once kidnapped by way of a gaggle of masked males alongside a dusty road.
Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda converts to Islam as a survival tactic, gets “wife lessons” from one in all her captors, and dangers a bold get away. Moved among a chain of deserted homes within the wasteland, she survives on memory—every lush aspect of the realm she skilled in her lifestyles prior to captivity—and on method, fortitude, and desire. while she is such a lot determined, she visits a home within the sky, excessive above the lady saved in chains, at nighttime, being tortured.
Vivid and suspenseful, as artfully written because the most interesting novel, A condo within the Sky is the searingly intimate tale of an intrepid younger lady and her look for compassion within the face of incredible adversity.
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Bevan, art. “Women” ed. W. Smith. A Dictionary of the Bible 3 (London, 1863): 1785; see also Anson Rainey, art. “Woman,” Encyclopaedia Judaica, vol. 16 (Jerusalem, 1971), cols. 623-25. 24 Eating of the fruit from the tree in the center of the garden was explicitly forbidden by God on pain of death (Gen 2:16-17); Eve, against God’s counsel, left her husband’s side and placed herself in temptation’s pathway by going to the tree. She saw its fruit was “good for food,” thus desirable for the physical drives; “pleasant to the eyes,” therefore emotionally and aesthetically satisfying; and desirable “to make one wise,” appealing to her ego.
25 The Pentateuch does not describe a wedding in detail. “God celebrated the first marriage” 26 of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden; nothing is given by way of description. Of Isaac it is stated that he brought Rebekah “into his mother Sarah’s tent, . . and she became his wife; and he loved her. ” (Gen 24:67). Of Jacob and Leah (obviously a veil concealed her identity for 20 Gen 24:4, 15, 29, 38; 28:2; etc. Bevan, pp. 1785-86. 22 Baab, p. 865. 23 Ibid. ” In Deut 5:21 “neighbor’s wife” is separated from house, field, animals, and servants, yet she belongs to her husband, as the husband belongs to her.
The normative wisdom book, Proverbs, however, frequently reverberates with various negative comments about women. Living with a “contentious” woman (madon, “strife,” “contention”) 26 is a fate little better than death (Prov 21:9, 19; 25:24). Most feared of all women is the adulteress, a theme woven in and out of the first section of Proverbs (chaps. 1-9) like a dark thread. “The commandment is a lamp . . to preserve you from the evil woman, from the smooth tongue of the adventuress” (chap. 6:23-24 RSV).