Hidden in the Rubble: A Haitian Pilgrimage to Compassion and Resurrection

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""Gerry Straub is a story-teller with a camera. In an era when news has become so atomized and fast-paced it is almost impossible to get a sense of the whole, Straub engages two great risks. He takes us to see what much of the world would rather ignore, and he does it slowly and reflectively. The risks pay off here in a kind of meditation on Haiti that is simultaneously brutally frank and filled with the hope of religious imagination."-Tom Roberts national Catholic Reporter" ""Gerard Straub's harrowing account of his voluntary descent into the

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Overview

""Gerry Straub is a story-teller with a camera. In an era when news has become so atomized and fast-paced it is almost impossible to get a sense of the whole, Straub engages two great risks. He takes us to see what much of the world would rather ignore, and he does it slowly and reflectively. The risks pay off here in a kind of meditation on Haiti that is simultaneously brutally frank and filled with the hope of religious imagination."-Tom Roberts national Catholic Reporter" ""Gerard Straub's harrowing account of his voluntary descent into the agony of Haiti's suffering-his choosing to become lost with the lost-disallows his reader to remain comfortable on the sidelines. While this book details the courage of the many who are coming to Haiti's aid, Straub's personal discovery of the miracle hidden under an earthquake's rubble-the compassion for one another in extremis by Haitians themselves-is the true spiritual epiphany arising out of this book's careful rendering of an unmitigated tragedy for our time and our world."-Jonathan Montaldo, author, Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton" "In January 2010 a devastating earthquake struck the impoverished land of Haiti, killing over 200,000 people and causing unimaginable suffering. But even before the earthquake, as the photos and reflections in this book make clear, Haiti was already-had been for decades-a disaster zone, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere." Filmmaker Gerry Straub was there weeks before the earthquake, and he returned soon after, to continue his project: to capture in words and images the reality of Haiti's poor-both their sufferings and their spirit-and to find in this reality the face of God.

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Straub's own story—that of a former producer of daytime soap operas General Hospital and The Doctors who left it behind to document the lives of the world's poor—is in itself remarkable, but his most recent book (a successor to his The Sun and Moon over Assisi and Thoughts of a Blind Beggar) is another revelation. It chronicles his experiences in Haiti before, during, and after the worst devastations of the earthquake in the Cite Soleil slum of Port-au-Prince. In the midst of the pain he witnesses, Straub finds a space for God, both in the compassion the world shows to its poorest and in the caregiver's experience of God as "a beggar of love." VERDICT A skillfully written and clear-eyed account of Haiti's misfortune and our own perspective of this disaster, as well as an interesting avenue into his deeply personal religious experience, Straub's book should appeal to Christian and non-Christian caregivers of all sorts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570758973
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 820,872
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: In the Beginning Was the Film

Prelude: The Earthquake

Part I Before the Earthquake

Prologue: Glimpses of Hope 1

Advent 4

City of the Sun 4

It's a Small World 6

Genuine Presence 8

Three Things 11

Morning Prayer 11

Solidarity with the Vulnerable 14

What Should We Do? 14

A Time to Listen 15

Part of a Whole 16

True and False 18

Lift Up Your Eyes 18

Catchers 20

The Human Suffering Index 22

The Poverty of Humanity 23

One Word 24

In Such a Filthy Place 25

One with All 26

The Mystical Flame 27

A Tender Touch 27

Sharing and Serving 28

Giving and Forgiving 28

Authentic Wealth 29

The Body of Christ 30

The Eyes of Christ 31

Out of Sight 32

A Broken World 32

Soup to Salvation 33

Tear Down Those Walls 34

Gospel Giving 35

Fatigue of Compassion 37

Dropping Band-Aids from an Airplane 38

Tragedy upon Tragedy 39

Part II During the Earthquake Emergency

Signs and Omens 43

Lies and Deception 52

Into the Nightmare 53

Testing Grace 55

Turning a Passenger Jet into a Cargo Plane 55

Smooth Landing 56

Clogged Streets 57

Into the O.R. 58

Floor Space 61

From Organized Chaos to Vast Destruction 61

Driving around Hell 63

A Life-and-Death Crisis 65

Trapped 71

Living the Gospel 72

Life and Death 75

Alone and Useless 78

Everything Is Dead 79

Crucified with Christ 82

Playing in the Ruins 87

Lost in Translation 89

Tiffany and Yveline 89

Homeward Bound 94

Hidden in the Rubble 100

Part III After the Earthquake

An Unopened Envelope 102

Geological Consent 102

Rising Out of the Rubble 103

I Am Humbled by These People 104

An Act of Spiritual Sacrifice 107

I'm a Bit Down 109

Naked before the World 109

In the Middle of All the Deaths 111

Birds Chirping 114

Out of the Dust 115

Another Disaster 117

Being Present to Suffering 117

Found and Lost and Found Again 119

The Desert Within 120

Rice and a Couple of Beans 121

Time 127

We Are All Beggars 127

Gentle and Lowly of Heart 130

In the Footsteps of Saint Francis of Assisi 132

A Better Life Lesson 134

There Is So Much to Do 134

Many Hands 135

A Cracked System, a Shaken Psyche 139

Holy Week in Haiti 140

The Portal of Mysticism 159

Lifeless and Homeless 160

The Larger Calamity 161

Cathedrals of the Poor 162

The Cross and Suffering 164

One More Piece of Love and Goodness 166

Epilogue: A Beggar of Love 168

For Your Charitable Consideration 170

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