Tsunami 2004: Still Wading Through Waves of Hope, by Holly Michael

A Book Review by Naomi Downing

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December 26th, 2014 marked the anniversary of the monster waves seen around the world. Is life restored back to normal on the shores of Nagapattinam, South India? Will it ever be?

“We’ll go to the most devastated, remote villages where no one else has gone,” Bishop Leo Michael promised a Northwest Arkansas newspaper reporter.

Like a sweeping wave, news of the tsunami fundraiser spread to a national level. Bishop Leo Michael became the ideal vehicle to collect, then ferry aid across the sea. He had lived and worked in the now tsunami devastated region for many years, spoke the native language, and had a counseling degree.

Ten DAYS later, trekking into impassable villages and decimated shorelines, the Michaels helped the widows and the orphans and those most affected by the tsunami.

Ten YEARS later, the Michaels returned to the same villages and encountered surprising changes and a life-threatening situation

This book wasn’t one of my favorites, but it wasn’t terrible. To me, it was just okay. The book follows Holly’s journey to India with her husband and a friend. They help the worst victims of the tsunami, and then update us ten years later, what is going on with the people they helped.

The book teaches about Indian culture, and the affect the tsunami can have. In the book it said that there wasn’t anyone who wasn’t affected at all by the tsunami– there were many different circumstances of how exactly people were affected, but they all were in some way.

As if going from Missouri, where Holly and her husband lived, to India wasn’t a big enough change, while they were in India her husband became sick. Very sick. He ended up in the hospital, but hospitals in India aren’t the best.

They had to overcome a lot of struggles, emotional, and physical, but they tried their best to be tools of God and help where they could.

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Downing is a homeschooled high school student who lives on a small farm in the middle of no where. She enjoys reading, writing, taking pictures and dreaming about her future. She blogs at naomiandbooks.wordpress.com.

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