A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival

A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea One Refugee s Incredible Story of Love Loss and Survival Emotionally riveting and eye opening A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea is the incredible story of a young woman an international crisis and the triumph of the human spirit Melissa Fleming shares th

  • Title: A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival
  • Author: Melissa Fleming
  • ISBN: 9781250105998
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Emotionally riveting and eye opening, A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea is the incredible story of a young woman, an international crisis, and the triumph of the human spirit Melissa Fleming shares the harrowing journey of Doaa Al Zamel, a young Syrian refugee in search of a better life Doaa and her family leave war torn Syria for Egypt where the climate is becoming poliEmotionally riveting and eye opening, A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea is the incredible story of a young woman, an international crisis, and the triumph of the human spirit Melissa Fleming shares the harrowing journey of Doaa Al Zamel, a young Syrian refugee in search of a better life Doaa and her family leave war torn Syria for Egypt where the climate is becoming politically unstable and increasingly dangerous She meets and falls in love with Bassem, a former Free Syrian Army fighter and together they decide to leave behind the hardship and harassment they face in Egypt to flee for Europe, joining the ranks of the thousands of refugees who make the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean on overcrowded and run down ships to seek asylum overseas and begin a new life After four days at sea, their boat is sunk by another boat filled with angry men shouting threats and insults With no land in sight and surrounded by bloated, floating corpses, Doaa is adrift with a child s inflatable water ring around her waist, while two little girls cling to her neck Doaa must stay alive for them She must not lose strength She must not lose hope.

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    1. I received this book for an honest review. I am so glad I agreed to reading this book, because this story was amazing!! I highly suggest this book to everyone!!!!This is a true story about a refugees' experiences and life trying to get freedom. Doaa and her family leave Syria due to all the fighting and go to Egypt. At first Egypt was a great move but then the country became politically unstable and increasingly dangerous. When in Egypt she meets her future fiancé Bassem. Who is former Free Syr [...]

    2. Wow. That is the word that still echoes in my head a half hour after reading her story.Deep sadness. That is the feeling in my heart for what Doaa and her family and loved ones had to endure.Anger. That is what wells up in my throat at people who would beseige a city of men, women and children and pummel them into submission simply because they are suspected of voicing their disapproval of their government.Rage. This is what I feel towards those who bully, threaten, intimidate and abuse people p [...]

    3. Doaa Al Zamel’s story of her rescue with two small children in her care after a ship rammed her boat filled with migrants fleeing Egypt fills us with horror and disbelief. Of a boat holding 500 people, eleven survived. Even before the cruelty of rival smugglers (I only assume that’s who they were), Doaa’s life was filled with harsh treatment and a constant threat of kidnapping or physical abuse at the hands of strangers. Forced to leave Syria as a seventeen-year-old when government forces [...]

    4. Doaa's story itself is heartbreaking and deserves to be told, there is no doubt about it. But I feel like Fleming was possibly the wrong person to tell it. There was a curious sense of detachment throughout most of the telling, as if the author was simply reciting a journalistic account. I don't know how else to describe it. I understand the passion that she felt for telling this story to bring to light the plight of refugees; I am certain that she cares deeply. Still, don't let my lower rating [...]

    5. Wow. Heart wrenching. Powerful. Eye opening.I couldn't put this book down!If you want to put a face to the Syrian refugee crisis, read this book. It's a rare, close-up into the life of a Syrian refugee, Doaa, a brave young girl who survived insurmountable odds.This is a MUST READ. (Thank you, Doaa, for letting us hear your story. I wish you peace and healing.)

    6. 5.0 This is why I read. I want the books I read to change me or move me in some way and this one accomplished both of those things. I have always been a big supporter of people who are displaced and seeking asylum, but after reading this book the word refugee will never have the same meaning for me. This book was heart-wrenching, moving and yet was also very informative. This is a book that anyone interested in current events such as the war in Syria, the ramifications of the Arab Spring, and th [...]

    7. ‘A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea’ is a revealing insider story of a nineteen-year-old Syrian refugee - Doaa Al Zamel.Quoted from page 3:“Six-year-old Doaa couldn’t remember any moment when she’d ever been alone. She lived with her parents and five sisters in a single room in her grandfather’s two-story house. Her father’s three brothers and their families occupied the other rooms, and each moment of Doaa’s life was filled with relatives: She slept side by side with her sisters, [...]

    8. I was a Goodread winner for this book. The journey of Doaa (and her family) is amazing and heart wrenching. I cannot imagine what it would be like to live in fear every day and the horror of everything this family has had to endure. To top everythingwas the horror of Doaa being in the sea for so long surrounded by death and watching her best friend/fiancée die. There is no way I can even comprehend such a horrific act. I am truly honored to have read this story. I am in awe of the courage and s [...]

    9. I was hesitant to read this book, but I'm glad I did. Seeing the Syrian conflict and resulting refugee crisis from the perspective of one family and one young woman in particular, made the situation clear and more poignant. It's a story that I think everyone needs to hear. The shorter version can be found in the TED talk that lead to Ms. Fleming's book:ted/talks/melissa_fleA few things are different (I'm assuming she uncovered different information as she interviewed furthur people for her book [...]

    10. Today, Thanksgiving in the USA, I do realize how much I have for which to be thankful. And I did learn much from reading this book, especially about the plight of the refugees of Syria and the need to address this massive humanity issue. And let's just hope President Trump does the right thing. But back to the book: when Doaa and Bassem are told by a smuggler they will be taken aboard a cruise liner for their trip from Egypt to Italy: I had 3 thoughts: 1) the smuggler is lying, how can Doaa and [...]

    11. هذه قصة دعاء الزامل، الشابة السورية التي صارعت الغرق والموت لأربعة أيام في البحر المتوسط، وأنقذت حياة طفلة أخرى. كانت واحدة من ١١ شخص نجوا من أصل ٥٠٠ شخص من السوريين والفلسطينيين والأفارقة الذين يبحثون عن الملجأ بعيدا عن أوطانهم التي دمرتها الحروب الكتاب يروي فصول بداية الث [...]

    12. Im astounded by all the high ratings.A very interesting story, but poorly told. I would probably read another authors rendition of Doaa's story. Frankly, Fleming's sucked. It was as though she had written it for children.Bassem (fiancé) seemed manipulative to me. I did not find him romantic one bit.I was horrified by the cruelty of those who purposely destroyed the boat and killed people for fun. They'd probably get on well with Trump."The simple truth is that refugees would not risk their live [...]

    13. The power of storytelling . When you give the crisis a face a personality . a character the way you see the world will never be the same.

    14. Wow. This book is hard to read because of the difficult circumstances of Doaa, and so many modern refugees. It is an amazing story that really explains what is happening in Syria.

    15. Very sad and depressing, but this book taught me to thank God for what he has given me and be grateful. I also have a newfound respect for refugees.

    16. wow. I'm glad I read this book but it unfortunately is just one of so many sad and horrible stories from Syria. The scary part is that parts of the book matches stories told by my students. (Thankfully not the boat escape)I'm learning so much from them and their resilience is amazing just like Doaa's in the book. I feel honored to have won this book in a giveaway.

    17. Very heart-wrenching story. Interesting insight into the lives of others less fortunate. Kudos to Doaa for her resiliency. 3.5 stars . the story was riveting and important to read, but the writing wasn't superb.

    18. The Syrian refugee crisis is definitely one of the defining moments of our times, and I think history is going to judge the world quite harshly for how little we've done to help the people fleeing crisis in Syria. This book is wonderful because it gives such a close look inside the crisis and truly humanizes it through Doaa's story. I wish this had been told by Doaa herself rather in third person - it feels a little disingenuous to have such a narrative told through the filter of a Western autho [...]

    19. This book should be required reading in high school. The final chapters are haunting and show the extremes of humanity in their most naked form- the lowest, most heartless disregard for life and fiercely brave self-sacrifice. Wow.

    20. Doaa Al Zamel är en av alla flyktingar som riskerar allt för ett tryggare liv. Hennes dramatiska flykt från Syrien till Egypten ihop med familjen, följt av hennes och fästmannens mardrömsresa över Medelhavet, där hon med knapp nöd överlever, skildras i Hopp.🐴Hopp är en bok som berör in på djupet. Boken börjar med att vi följa Doaas liv i Syrien innan kriget drar igång. Allt urartar och det blir krig mitt utanför hennes familjs hus, soldater stormar och genomsöker deras hus f [...]

    21. Because the suffering and despair that push refugees to flee their homes and risk their lives can only be tremendous, it is expected that a book memorializing the story of one such woman must be harrowing. Doaa Al Zamel’s is exactly that, but it is also an incredibly accessible primer on what life was like in part of Syria before the war started, the excitement that the Arab Spring brought, and the realities of suffering that families and communities have been made to endure both in the war zo [...]

    22. You have no idea how good you have it. No idea. Read this book, be inspired and heartbroken by Doaa's story, and remember to never lump a group of people into one category just because it's the easiest thing to do. Favorite quotes: "The government she had grown up wanting to serve as a policewoman was now shooting its own people, the people from her grandfather's neighborhood. She realized that everything she'd grown up believing about her country was wrong." "Catching her breath, Doaa was surpr [...]

    23. Perhaps no one knows the meaning of resilience more than Doaa Al Zamel. As a Syrian refugee in an unstable Egypt, she was forced to run once the Egyptian government collapsed—but this time, she set her sights on Europe. A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea is an unbelievable story of incredible strength. For our entire review, and books similar to this one, click here! booktrib/2017/07/9-inspir

    24. Such a powerful, heartbreaking story. A harrowing insight into the trauma that pushes refugees to flee their homes and the horrors they suffer in doing so. I really wish the editorial board of the Daily Mail could be made to read this.

    25. A Hope More Powerful Than The Sun: One Refugees Incredible Story of Love, Loss and Survival.🍒🍒🍒🍒By Melissa Fleming2017Wow!!I can sum this story up in one word.wow! Doaa AL Zamel is the most brave, courageous and resilient woman I've read about in a long time. This true story of a Syrian refugee will blow your mind and open your eyes and heart to the refugee crisis and Syrian conflict.The last chapter captures the extremes of humanity. I cried throughout this book. Amazing!!

    26. Syria's merciless war on its own childrenA story that needed to be told internationally. Although I finished the book within few days! I was however, disappointed by the writing style. And I found myself skipping many pages through the irrelevant stories. The story itself stands on its own. Prepare your napkins, this will touch your heart.

    27. This was ridiculously hard to read. The story of a Syrian refugee who, in an attempt to escape to Europe, ends up nearly dying in a shipwreck and struggling to save two little girls, the same ages as my daughters. It's heartbreaking. If I had a way to make everyone in the west read this book, I would. People desperately need to be able to see refugees as people with tragic and difficult stories, as people who need our help.

    28. Heartbreaking, moving story. But a terrible storyteller. A few years ago a story made the rounds in the media: a refugee helped save two very small children (barely toddlers) who were fleeing with their families out of the violence of Syria. By some miracle Doaa Al Zamel stays afloat and manages to get herself and the babies to rescue. This is the story of her early life and fleeing the terror to a new life. The book is written by Melissa Fleming, the chief spokesperson for the United Nations [...]

    29. This book is extremely readable and though it's obviously a book that is a work of propaganda to make readers have empathy for Syrian refugees, that's not a bad thing. Doaa's story is incredible and there are a lot of intense details, which the author seems to have gathered through lots of interviews with Doaa, interviews that were translated. The author works in communications at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, so she has an eye for this kind of story. She wrote the book in h [...]

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