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Shaken, Not Stirred: A Survivor's Account of the January 12, 2010 Earthquake in Haiti


Exciting inspiring earthquake survival story

Gripping true story of music educator turned emergency medic during Haitian earthquake.

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Shaken, Not Stirred, a survivor's account of the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti

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Exciting inspiring earthquake survival story

Gripping true story of music educator turned emergency medic during Haitian earthquake.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781432758356
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Pages: 8
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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  • Posted October 7, 2010

    An inspiring read that will challenge you to make a difference.

    We all watched the news and saw reports about the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. But, what really happened? Read the story, meet the people, experience the loss in this gripping story told by music teacher Jeanne Pocius.
    The horror of the tragedy is unimaginable, yet there was work that HAD to be done to help those injured and scared. Read about it here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2010

    This book is about the wisdom, selflessness and love that a crisis can bring...

    This book is about the wisdom, selflessness and love that a crisis can bring. This narrative road to the days before and after the 2010 Haiti earthquake is spell-binding, inspirational and tugs more than just a little at the heart strings. It forces us to ask would I have been this brave and selfless. Most importantly, you will find yourself wondering what you can do now to provide support for all of quake survivors in Haiti.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2010

    Highly Recommended - you will be inspired!

    Submitted by John L. Adamo

    Do yourself a rewarding favor by purchasing and reading a copy of SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED. Jeanne Pocius, a devoted music teacher with a loving and caring heart and soul, has written a gripping, stinging, yet somber account of the horrific, catastrophic earthquake which devastated the lives and homes of so many of the good people of Haiti on January 12, 2010. Her vivid, emotional description of the quake and aftermath will compel you to read the account in one sitting. Her acts of bravery and selflessness will astound you. You will witness the heroic actions of Jeanne Pocius, a living and breathing angel who celebrates life through music and sacrifice. Be prepared to be inspired.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2010

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    A Timely Tale, Not to Be Ignored!

    Shaken, Not Stirred; Outskirts Press; 2010; is a first-person narrative of the horrific events of January 12, 2010, when a 7.3 earthquake hit the island nation of Haiti. Penned by world-class trumpet player and music educator, Jeanne Pocius, this harrowing tale takes the reader on a journey that will not be soon forgotten. Jeanne begins her story by suggesting, "It was just another ordinary day, a Tuesday, the 12th of January, in downtown Centreville (center of the city), Port-au-Prince, Haiti." You just know something of grave portent is coming. What followed was the stuff of nightmares, an effect that psychiatrists ascribe to soldiers having served in combat as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. However, Jeanne Pocius is not a soldier - at least not in a military sense. Rather, St. Jeanne - as the trumpet-playing community affectionately refers to her - is a soldier in service to humanity and to her calling as a Christian missionary. In fact, her presence in Haiti on that fateful day is a testament to her faith and has become something of a destination if not her ultimate destiny in her spiritual journey. The story, though, is not one of preaching or proselytizing. It is rather a very personal story that will inevitably leave the reader with images that will haunt them and change their view of what it means to be a member of the global community. I read the book in one sitting. Then again, I was familiar with the story from the moment the news hit the wires that "ordinary" Tuesday in January. I have known Jeanne for many years as a fellow trumpet player - one whom I have admired and shared a commonality of interests and of spirit. As soon as the news of the catastrophe hit the airwaves, a deluge of emails, telephone calls, and messages poured in from every conceivable source and social networking site visited by musicians. We were, however, merely on the sidelines engaging in conjecture and speculation. We had no idea what was happening. This then is that story - a compelling narrative spoken in her plain, but gripping style - one that has the power to grab the reader by the lapels and draw each into the story as if a participant. As Jeanne introduces us to one character after another, one cannot help but become a part of their lives, their endearing qualities etched indelibly onto our collective consciousness. Along the way, we meet the adults and especially the children who enriched the lives of all with their eager attentiveness, bright smiles and zest for life. Some survived, many others unfortunately did not. As we discover in the pages that fly past the reader's eyes, there were many heroes - young and old - who adorned the days that otherwise constituted the travails of a truly terrible time. The tale is not yet over, though, as there is much work left to do - to rebuild the schools, the churches and the shattered lives left behind in the aftermath. Here in this miraculous book, Jeanne Pocius sets out a blueprint for the future. She, along with her wonderful charitable organization, Instrumental Change, Inc., is possessed of a wonderful vision for Haiti's future. Undaunted by the horrors of her experience, her indefatigable spirit leads the way as a shining beacon, as the words she so generously shares with all of us lays out for all to follow.

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  • Posted October 30, 2010

    Inspirational, moving story of someone who was in the midst of the earthquake

    It was moving for me to read of this personal journey that has taken Jeanne to Haiti and how much she loves the people there and wants to minister through music. Her journal of the earthquake was very personal and down-to-earth and an inspiration for me to live with what I have. Her descriptions took me there, so that I could almost smell and taste the dust. I was particularly impressed by all the talent she has seen and helped develop and encourage. We should all do what we can to be a part of reaching out to Haitians, our neighbors!

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