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

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

by Gerard Thomas Straub
     
 

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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

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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 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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Library Journal
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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ISBN-13:
9781570758973
Publisher:
Orbis Books
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
289,796
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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