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April 18, 2013

By Martine Bates Sharp


Danielle C. Stammer. Bloomington, Ind.: WestBow Press, 2012. 92 pp. (Paperback).

April 27, 2011. Readers of The Alabama Baptist will recognize that date, and we all have stories of our experiences. Even those of us who did not experience the tornadoes directly remember the horror of that day. 

May 22, 2011. While you may not recognize the date, you will certainly remember the Joplin, Mo., tornado that hit while hearts in Alabama were still raw with our own grief. Danielle Stammer and her family were driving in a safe area when they heard the tornado warnings. They decided to turn around and head for shelter at a hospital. Unfortunately, the tornado was headed straight for the hospital, too.

None of Danielle’s family was badly injured, but their house and van were destroyed and their lives were changed forever. This book shares the family’s story. The book is not your usual “this happened, then that happened” narrative, though. It is written more creatively, as the author goes back and forth in the events, leaving scenes before they are quite complete — and omitting details I would have liked to know. But then, the book would not have had the same flavor. I think I like the book just the way it is. 

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