Book Review: A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett


Reading is something I’ve always been passionate about, but lately, with such a busy schedule, I find that it falls to the bottom of the list when it comes to what I’d like to squeeze into my free time. I’d much rather mindlessly scroll through Instagram or Pinterest or watch Real Housewives or the Food Network.  While I’m able to get lost in the lives of others through those mediums, I found myself missing the way you can lose yourself in a book and develop true connections with characters for long stretches of time.

And then I discovered audiobooks; I found myself flying through books, using the free option from the library or for the most recent titles, using Audible (you can try it free for 30 days!).

I’m a sucker for memoirs. I’ve always loved non-fiction, but the subject matter tended to bore me; however with memoirs, I’m always significantly more engaged. I was scrolling through the memoirs section on Audible and stumbled across “A House in the Sky” by Amanda Lindhout. After reading the reviews, I was surprised I hadn’t already heard of this story in the news, but it sounded intriguing. One credit later, I began my journey on this incredible tale of strength, courage and freedom.

Amanda Lindhout wrote about her fifteen month abduction in Somalia in A House in the Sky. It is the New York Times bestselling memoir of a woman whose curiosity led her to the world’s most remote places and then into captivity: “Exquisitely told…A young woman’s harrowing coming-of-age story and an extraordinary narrative of forgiveness and spiritual triumph” (The New York Times Book Review).

The amount of detail Lindhout was able to recount from her experience is quite amazing.  I couldn’t put the book down (or press stop, in my situation). I found myself lingering in my car long after I had arrived at work just to finish the chapter; I couldn’t get through it fast enough, but at the same time was devastated when it ended. Lindhout was able to develop the characters so well, that I felt like I was losing a piece of me when I finished; which is always the sign of a truly wonderful author, IMO. However, another reason I love memoirs, is because I can then find more information about the characters long after I’ve finished the story. I wiki’d Lindhout and was able to put a face to the name and learn what has gone on since the memoir was released (SPOILERS!). I have kept up with her site, hoping to see an event pop up that’s nearby – this is what [great] memoirs do to me – ALL IN!

This book gave me the feels. Made me feel like I tend to take things for granted, made me feel like certain things I’m going through aren’t so bad, made me appreciate the food, the shelter, the people around me. I’ve neverbeenso inspired. Lindhout also made me feel like my love for travel is good and necessary. WARNING: Her curiosity of the World is contagious; I envied her ability to GO. The audible version is read by Lindhout, which made even more of a connection.

I don’t want to give too much of this story away, but I will tell you to just go read/listento it. You will not be disappointed.

Have any memoir recommendations you’ve neverbeenso into?

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