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One Day Closer: A Mother's Quest to Bring Her Kidnapped Daughter Home

de Lorinda Stewart

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On the day my daughter Amanda Lindhout was kidnapped in Somalia, my life changed forever. This is the story of how, for 460 days, I fought to save her and bring her home. "This book is impossible to put down. As inspiring as it is bone-chilling, this is an incredible story of hope and joy, grit and gumption by a determined mother who will stop at nothing to save her daughter." --Jann Arden, singer-songwriter and bestselling author of Falling Backwards "A gripping, mother's-eye view of Amanda Lindhout's kidnapping ordeal...For any parent who has ever worried about, advocated for, and deeply loved a child, Lorinda Stewart's honest, lion-hearted account will leave you both stunned and uplifted." --Sara Corbett, coauthor of A House in the Sky On August 23, 2008, Amanda Lindhout was kidnapped outside Mogadishu in Somalia. The kidnappers' demand was simple: pay millions or Amanda would be killed. For the next 460 days, Amanda's mother, Lorinda Stewart, did everything in her power to get her daughter back alive. A brave, small-town mother with no experience in hostage negotiations, Lorinda was called upon by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to be the lead communicator with "Adam"--the Somali man who identified himself as the English-speaking negotiator for Amanda's kidnappers. In a secret "war room" in Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Lorinda joined forces with federal officers and began answering calls from Adam, establishing a fragile rapport of trust with the man who held her daughter's fate in his hands. She learned how to demand POLs (proofs of life) from Amanda's hostage takers and even how to react to "bad calls"--getting through them despite having to listen to her daughter's desperate cries for help and fearing Amanda was being abused and tortured. What was supposed to be a short negotiation stretched on, and weeks became months. As negotiations broke down, Lorinda found herself increasingly on her own. But she never gave up hope, even when the phone calls became more traumatic. Faced with the terrible possibility of her daughter's death, Lorinda decided to bring in a private security company and raise money from donors to support the cause of bringing Amanda home. But would it be enough? One Day Closer is the true story of one mother's heroic perseverance in the face of despair, and of the hope and healing to be found beyond trauma. It is also, above all, a tribute to the extraordinary power of a mother's love.… (mais)
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This is the third book I've read about the kidnapping of Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout and Australian photo-journalist Nigel Brennan. I first read Amanad's own book, A House in the Sky. Next, I read Nigel's book, The Price of Life, co-written with his sister and sister-in-law. This book is written by Amanda's mother. It tells the story of her work with the Canadian government (RCMP and DFAIT), and later with the Brennan family and a private company to secure the release of Amanda and Nigel.

While this would be a harrowing experience for any parent, Ms. Stewart's challenges were multiplied as she acted as the chief negotiator with the hostage takers for the release. She was well trained by the RCMP, but the stress on her was unimaginable as she had to maintain rapport with the kidnapper's representative and maintain firm in her messages about money, even while hearing her daughter being tortured. It is an honest account in terms of Ms. Stewart talking about times when her behaviour was less than perfect, but she does manage to maintain faith and optimism throughout....I'm not sure I could have done so.

This is well worth reading. While Amanda's book provides the best portrayal of the kidnapping and her story of life as a hostage is so well told, the story of the family coping with a tragedy is one that I could, in many way, relate to more as a mother myself. ( )
  LynnB | Aug 8, 2018 |
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To my mother and my five children -- Mark, Amanda, Nathaniel, Janet and Tiffany -- who have taught me that love has no limits and ultimately it is always love that brings us home. You are my heart.
Janet, although you left this physical world while I was writing this book, love is eternal.
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On the day my daughter, Amanda Lindhout was kidnapped by outlaws in Somalia -- August 23, 2008 -- my life split into tow parts: Before and After.
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On the day my daughter Amanda Lindhout was kidnapped in Somalia, my life changed forever. This is the story of how, for 460 days, I fought to save her and bring her home. "This book is impossible to put down. As inspiring as it is bone-chilling, this is an incredible story of hope and joy, grit and gumption by a determined mother who will stop at nothing to save her daughter." --Jann Arden, singer-songwriter and bestselling author of Falling Backwards "A gripping, mother's-eye view of Amanda Lindhout's kidnapping ordeal...For any parent who has ever worried about, advocated for, and deeply loved a child, Lorinda Stewart's honest, lion-hearted account will leave you both stunned and uplifted." --Sara Corbett, coauthor of A House in the Sky On August 23, 2008, Amanda Lindhout was kidnapped outside Mogadishu in Somalia. The kidnappers' demand was simple: pay millions or Amanda would be killed. For the next 460 days, Amanda's mother, Lorinda Stewart, did everything in her power to get her daughter back alive. A brave, small-town mother with no experience in hostage negotiations, Lorinda was called upon by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to be the lead communicator with "Adam"--the Somali man who identified himself as the English-speaking negotiator for Amanda's kidnappers. In a secret "war room" in Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Lorinda joined forces with federal officers and began answering calls from Adam, establishing a fragile rapport of trust with the man who held her daughter's fate in his hands. She learned how to demand POLs (proofs of life) from Amanda's hostage takers and even how to react to "bad calls"--getting through them despite having to listen to her daughter's desperate cries for help and fearing Amanda was being abused and tortured. What was supposed to be a short negotiation stretched on, and weeks became months. As negotiations broke down, Lorinda found herself increasingly on her own. But she never gave up hope, even when the phone calls became more traumatic. Faced with the terrible possibility of her daughter's death, Lorinda decided to bring in a private security company and raise money from donors to support the cause of bringing Amanda home. But would it be enough? One Day Closer is the true story of one mother's heroic perseverance in the face of despair, and of the hope and healing to be found beyond trauma. It is also, above all, a tribute to the extraordinary power of a mother's love.

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