Through the Eye of the Storm: A Book Dedicated to Rebuilding what Katrina Washed Away

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Chelsea Green Publishing, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 204 pages
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Cholene EspinozaˇAir Force Academy graduate, former U-2 reconnaissance pilot, and embedded Iraq War journalistˇrediscovers hope and purpose in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. With her partner, a close friend, and a truck packed with supplies, Espinoza drives into the Deep South with misgivings and self-doubt. Once in DeLisle, Mississippi, she meets Rev. Rosemary Williams, pastor of the Mt. Zion Methodist Church. Williams is at the center of local relief efforts, and from her damaged church she gives survivors comfortˇnot just spiritual comfort, but food, shelter, clothing, and love. Espinoza finds her own struggles overwhelmed and transformed by the stories of KatrinaÝs survivors.
Espinoza details the seemingly insurmountable red tape, systemic barriers, and inequities in disaster assistance for people who have no means to complain or demand better. Common stereotypes about race, religion, poverty, government assistance, single parenthoodˇeven our notions of charityˇare challenged when seen Through the Eye of the Storm. This is a story of loss and recovery, of the ravages of disaster and the healing power of community.
  

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Review: Through the Eye of the Storm: A Book Dedicated to Rebuilding What Katrina Washed Away

User Review  - Jeannie - Goodreads

This book was a bit too religious for me. The descriptions of hurricane damage was interesting and was what I was wanting to learn about when I picked up this book but didn't need all the preaching. That's what turns me off about books like this. Read full review

Review: Through the Eye of the Storm: A Book Dedicated to Rebuilding What Katrina Washed Away

User Review  - Jeannie - Goodreads

This book was a bit too religious for me. The descriptions of hurricane damage was interesting and was what I was wanting to learn about when I picked up this book but didn't need all the preaching. That's what turns me off about books like this. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Captain Cholene Espinoza, currently a United Airlines pilot, graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1987. In 1992 she became the second woman selected to fly the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft, and was awarded the Air Medal for combat missions over Iraq and the former Yugoslavia. She is a military correspondent for Talk Radio News Service and lives in New York City. In her own words: "I believe that most of us have hidden something in our lives or had something gnawing away at our spirit that separated us from community and the human family. We have all felt, "less than," from time to time. For me, being gay had stopped me from serving two of my greatest loves in life, God and country. Through the eye of the storm, I came to the realization that each one of us has something to give and that gift is desperately needed in our world. This is the story of my life, the lives of truly heroic Americans, and the transformation of my spirit that took place rather unexpectedly in a small Mississippi community--a community Katrina nearly washed away.

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