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 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 poli...

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Title:A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival
Author:Melissa Fleming
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ISBN:1250105994
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages

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

  • Jill Dobbe
    Dec 23, 2016

    When I read the blurb about this book I immediately wrote to the author requesting it. I knew that this was a book that would touch me deeply, and I wasn't wrong.

    Fleming's account of what Doaa and her family went through to escape the war in Syria is unimaginable and heartbreaking. But, it is true. What Doaa, at 19 years of age, goes through to survive reminded me of the strength and will to live that exists in us. Her story also reminded me of the brutal, heartless, and barbaric people in the w

    When I read the blurb about this book I immediately wrote to the author requesting it. I knew that this was a book that would touch me deeply, and I wasn't wrong.

    Fleming's account of what Doaa and her family went through to escape the war in Syria is unimaginable and heartbreaking. But, it is true. What Doaa, at 19 years of age, goes through to survive reminded me of the strength and will to live that exists in us. Her story also reminded me of the brutal, heartless, and barbaric people in the world that don't care about the lives of children, mothers, or fathers. I am fortunate that I live a life of comforts. I do not know what it's like to go hungry, to feel unsafe, or to worry my husband or children could be taken away from me for no reason. Fleming's book about the personal account of a Syrian refugee touched me like no other, as it should touch everyone who reads it making them aware of what is happening in our world.

    The plight of refugees fleeing Syria is taking place at this minute. Families are trying to escape in rickety boats right now. This is a story that should be read by everyone.

    Watch Melissa Fleming's TED talk on Doaa and her story will become even more real to readers.

  • Sheri Vincent
    Dec 05, 2016

    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 everything.........was 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 coura

    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 everything.........was 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 strength of this women. After reading this book, I view the Syrian refugee problem with a different sense. Everyone should read this book.

  • Todd Coburn
    Dec 21, 2016

    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

    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 perceived as weaker and/or more vulnerable than themselves.

    Doaa's story is a beautiful one, although desperately sad. Yet how many other such stories have bled to death alone in the dust, been murdered in alleys in some unnamed town, or gasped their last breath as the sea claims their hopes and dreams.

    When men and women act atrociously and prey on the innocent and weak, the righteous must stand and defend them.

    When people stand steadfast, indifferent and uncaring at the suffering of others before their very eyes, others must step forward to extend the love of God and the benevolence that should exude from mankind.

    Doaa's story is one that can open our eyes to see the beauty of a life rather than the cold print of another's circumstance. I suspect anyone with a heart can benefit from reading her story, and hope that it will open enough hearts so folks like Doaa can find shelter, comfort, happiness, and safety.

    This book is well written. It comes across as a narrarative tapestry rolling out at your feet. Once started, I found it difficult to set down until I had learned her fate. I am saddened that she lost so much in her journey, and pray that the Lord will bless her by drawing her close, and by giving her the desires of her heart in this life.

    I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway, and have provided an honest review. Thank you for the dear gift.

  • Amanda Warner
    Jan 15, 2017

    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.)

  • May Massijeh
    Feb 02, 2017

    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.

  • Sarah
    Feb 04, 2017

    This was a difficult book to read, knowing that Doaa's heartbreaking story is only one of millions like it. I would recommend this book to anyone trying to understand the war in Syria and why so many are risking their lives to flee the region. No matter what your politics, Doaa's story inspires us to find solutions that don't increase the suffering these refugees experience. This book is one of the most powerful books I've ever read.

  • Cori
    Feb 08, 2017

    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 Goodreads giveaway.

  • Chinook
    Feb 22, 2017

    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.

  • Kate
    Mar 05, 2017

    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 lives

    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 lives on such a dangerous journey if they could thrive where they were"

  • Loretta
    Mar 19, 2017

    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

    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 deter you...just know that if given the choice of books about the experience of refugees, this is maybe not the top choice.

    (For a different take on childhood affected by conflict in the Middle East, check out the autobiographical graphic novel 'Persepolis'. I think you will see the difference in how the author connects us to the story.)