Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Life's Darkest Hours

S tirringa bold, inspiring and ultimately hopeful book Arianna Huffington, co founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post and author of the New York Times bestseller Thrive Kaitlin Roig Debellis is the first grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School who saved her entire class of fifteen six and seven year olds from the tragic events that took pl S tirringa bold, inspiring and ultimately hopeful book Arianna Huffington, co founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post and author of the New York Times bestseller ThriveKaitlin Roig Debellis is the first grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School who saved her entire class of fifteen six and seven year olds from the tragic events that took place on December 14, 2012, by piling them into a single occupancy bathroom within her classroom, mere feet from the brutal and indiscriminate massacre taking place outside the door Since then, despite the unimaginably painful experiences she endured, she has chosen to share her experience with others, in the hope that they too can find light in dark moments.Choosing Hope is a lot of things A written witness to a tragedy that will never be forgotten A gripping firsthand testament to the power of good over the power of destruction An inspirational memoir by a brave young woman whose story is one of courage, heroism, faith, and resilience And a celebration of all the people who make the choice to pass along their hope and positivity to young ones parents, mentors, and especially teachers There is no moving on, but there is always moving forward And how we move forward is a choice M oving Wally Lamb, New York Times bestselling author of We Are Water and She s Come Undone B rave Karen Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author of Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life and The History of God Although now I have witnessed the worst of mankind, instead of feeling bitter or regretful I have chosen to embrace gratitude I believe in the power of kindness, the influence of educators and mentors, faith and God, and most of all I believe in humanity Bad things happen to all of us, things that test us and impact us and change us, but it is not those moments that define us It is how we choose to react to them that does Kaitlin Roig DeBellisFrom the Hardcover edition.
Choosing Hope Moving Forward from Life s Darkest Hours S tirringa bold inspiring and ultimately hopeful book Arianna Huffington co founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post and author of the New York Times bestseller Thrive Kaitlin Roig Debelli

  • Title: Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Life's Darkest Hours
  • Author: Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis Robin Gaby Fisher
  • ISBN: 9781611764154
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Audio CD
  • 1 thought on “Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Life's Darkest Hours”

    1. I could relate to Kaitlin so much because teaching is also my passion, and this book hit me so hard. A truly moving and personal memoir, I definitely recommend it.Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge Notes:- 25. A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you

    2. I found this story. Odd. I remember hearing about it on the news and watching in shock at the tragedy that happened in that school. For a young teacher, it must have been a shocking ordeal to have to endure with such young children. What got me is the way she speaks of herself. Throughout she says she's not trying to get herself noticed but instead trying to move forward however, the number of pages I've just read about her talking about how awesome she is I'm not sure what the purpose 80% of th [...]

    3. I enjoyed Sue Klebold's audiobook on the aftermath of Columbine (which she wrote after 16 years of rumination and recovery) a couple of weeks ago, and thought this audiobook would compliment that perspective. I was leery at the outset, since it's only been three years since the shootings, and I don't believe the author has the maturity and perspective to write about the events yet.This is going to sound terribly catty, but the sound of her voice grated on my nerves. The author read the book hers [...]

    4. I really liked the main part of this book. The author was a first grade teacher who survived the mass-shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School by hiding her entire class in a toilet closet in her classroom. The book provides a very moving description of the experience itself, as well as the shock/PTSD she experienced afterwards. Eventually she came to realize she could let the tragedy crush her, or she could begin to move forward through hope and love - through the power of giving. These section [...]

    5. This is an amazing read by a woman who survived the Sandy Hook shooting in December 2012. Roig-DeBellis is the teacher who hid her students in the restroom attached to her classroom. She showed exceptional bravery and I applaud her for that. Roig-DeBellis' truly demonstrates that you can survive a horrific event and still make positive change in the world. As you can see from the first paragraph, Roig-DeBellis opened a nonprofit to help teachers who need help purchasing items for their classroom [...]

    6. It was actually a little boring and repetitive. Not the parts about the tragedy of Sandy Hook Elementary, but some of the stuff just about her life in general. I tried listening to it on CD and I couldn't get through it. The author read it aloud and she very strangely over enunciated words or certain syllables. It was so odd. So, I read it instead, but other than the sections specifically about the school, I ended up skimming it, because it wasn't that interesting. (Not that anyone would find my [...]

    7. Overall I felt like this book was "me, me, me." All about her life and very little to do with the Sandy Hook Shooting. which is fine, but wasn't what the reader was expecting, in my opinion. It did have a good message, to choose hope.

    8. Was not sure what expect from this book when I started it. I would recommend it to anyone. The author was a first grade teacher at Sandy Hook School the day the tragedy happened. While she does discuss what happened that day, most of the book is about how she was able to come back and make something positive out of her life after being in so much darkness immediately after the shooting. Basically the book is about looking at the positive side of things, no matter what you are going through. This [...]

    9. A very positive book to have come from this tragedy. Kaitlin has a very good voice that translates well to the written word, and I felt really connected to both the story and the author. I first read a book review in one of the trash magazines that my mother in law always buys, and I was intrigued. I found the book to be informative, and yet still emotional. There was no real description of the awful events, at the author's request. Instead, it focuses on the healing and trying to find positive [...]

    10. I think this is the fastest I have ever read book! The chapter about that fateful day can be hard to read. She even suggests that some may want to skip it. What I thought was so great is her detailing how she came out through the darkness and was able to pick up the pieces of her life, one day at a time.

    11. Tragic storyis book would be very meaningful for a fellow teacher to read as they would fully understand the whole student/teacher relationship.

    12. This book seriously could have done without the first part. It just talks about her growing up, wanting to be a teacher, getting engaged, blah blah blah. It came off as being really self-indulgent. Once the story of the shooting came in, the pace really picked up and it got more interesting. My only other complaint of the book was that it often felt cheesy, like every other story of overcoming adversity. If it wasn't about the Sandy Hook shooting, which already interests me, then I wouldn't have [...]

    13. The overarching themes of hope, kindness and importance of social emotional learning were the main take aways for me. Especially the notion that "action is healing." I too find this to be true. The pain doesn't go away following loss, tragedy, etc but channeling the pain into positive action can be liberating. My heart aches for the community of Newtown and the families affected by this horrific event. I'm disheartened by certain reviews implying the author is searching for fame. No one would ch [...]

    14. This was anything but inspiring to me, as it was more about how amazing the author is as a person, teacher, girlfriend, wife etc. You'll love the book if you're interested in her life and what a wonderful teacher, hero or daughter she is. I almost gave up when I reached the chapter on how her husband proposed and his love letter to her.I cannot understand a person trying to bring attention to herself given the tragic event and loss. She seemed incredibly arrogant and immature. This book could ha [...]

    15. Inspirational - from a horrific tragedy comes hope and motivation - amazing. That being said, I found the focus was on how wonderful her childhood was, how positive she is and skimming over the darkest times as if that was a betrayal of who she should be. I would hate to think what her conversation would be like with someone with PTSD - something I'm surprised she doesn't have. But stillspirational. bookcrossing/journal/1

    16. This is such a horrific experience and I am always curious how people overcome such difficult things. This book unfortunately was very slow. I was bored and had to force myself to finish. She talked about herself way too much and it turned me off from caring about her story. I gave it 2 stars because it started out as a 3 or 4, but dwindled quickly.

    17. As a teacher this book is a must read. She states what I believe in and even has the same inspirational quotes and Mother Theresa's "Do it Anyway" poem that I love. This book is for everyone to increase kindness, love and empathy in our world! We can be the change!

    18. This book had so much potential but turned out to be filled with (not so) humble bragging about what an amazing person she was. Major disappointment.

    19. Book about Newtown - not for everyone. A very difficult book to read. I am glad that I read it but would not recommend this book to most.

    20. Kaitlin Roig- DeBellis shares how she moved on from her darkest hour through the the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre.

    21. InspiringThis book shows how we can all make something positive from something that is tragic. It's easy to focus on the negative. It takes strength to get past it and move forward.

    22. I can't believe the other people who panned this book. She is one person, telling her side of the story! Of course it was, "me, me, me". I thought she was very inspirational

    23. See this review on 1776books1776books/2015/10How do you move forward after going through a tragedy of unimaginable proportions? That is something that author (with Robin Gaby Fisher) Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis has not had an easy road determining, but her answer lies in Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Life’s Darkest Hours.A dedicated first grade teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary in a quaint little Connecticut town called Newtown, Roig-DeBellis was in circle time one minute with her primary-age st [...]

    24. Very quick read. I liked reading about Kaitlin's story and her message of hope and doing good. I enjoyed reading about her teaching style and the social curriculum. The only thing that brought the book down a star for me is that it seemed like she was overly trying to get us to see how awesome she was. She'll say things like she doesn't need the accolades and awards, but look at all these awards I've won. Here's all the awesome things my students said about me. It sounds like she had a tough ear [...]

    25. If you are looking for a book detailing a horrific tragedy and the who, what, and when (and most importantly, why) of a school shooting, keep looking. This book is much more, and carries a different meaning. While this book and the charity founded by Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis came from the ashes of the firey trauma that devastated a small town in Connecticut, her focus is placed on how to move forward from that dark point in her life. Its message transcends the one event and explains that there is m [...]

    26. I liked parts of the book. Like some movies I've watched, I think much of it could have been left out and it wouldn't have impacted the overall story. For instance, there was stuff I just didn't care about and I skimmed through it. For instance, her wedding. I'd have been content to know that she'd happily married--I wasn't interested in the details. No biggie though, other people probably loved that part and that's great. I haven't finished the last few pages and probably won't. Overall, it was [...]

    27. After surviving the horrific attack at Sandy Hook Elementary, Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis had to bravely return to the classroom along with her students while trying to make them feel safe and secure enough to start again. She told of her first graders crying in the fetal position after hearing boxes being pushed around in another classroom. Students were constantly asking her if the bad guys were coming to get them again. Unfathomable.With the help of a counselor, Roig-DeBellis decided action was the [...]

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