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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Father Rick's first book

I just received my copy of Father Rick's first book entitled, "Haiti - The God of Tough Places, the Lord of Burnt Men." It's available on Amazon here.

I've read only the introduction and the first chapter so far. The book is small - just over 100 pages of collected stories, reflections, sermons, and poetry recounting Father's incredible experiences in Haiti. The accounts focus primarily on the time after Aristide's ouster in 2004 and the ensuing instability and wars among rival Port au Prince gangs and between all gangs and the MINUSTAH (the United Nations peacekeeping force sent after the ouster which remains in the country until today at about 9000 strong).

The introduction is written by Academy Award winning writer/director Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby, Casino Royale...) who first came to Haiti in 2007 as part of our NPH-Italy fundraising office's big visit that year. He has since started a non-profit (Artists for Peace and Justice) and has gotten a lot of Hollywood folks involved in Father Rick's work through it.

I'm looking forward to finishing Father Rick's book. It's interesting to hear his voice coming through in a book - I've never heard it in that medium. The stories are so strange and so amazing.

It's expensive for such a short read, but the proceeds support all of NPH-Haiti's work. Definitely a book worth checking out.

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