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Standing Watch A Journey from Fear to Courage
by Michelle Mantooth Poston   

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Memoir

Publisher:  Hats Off Books ISBN-10:  1587361280 Type: 
Pages: 

160

Copyright:  September 2002 ISBN-13:  9781587361289
Non-Fiction

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Standing Watch is one woman's story of how her life changed when her daughter, SA Kesha Stidham, was injured in the terrorist bombing of the U.S.S. Cole that took place on October 12, 2000.Uncertain if her daughter was dead or alive, she gradually gained the strength to deal with her own fears and to help others in grief deal with their losses as well. Laced with spirituality and understanding, this book traces her journey from the shadows of her fears to the acceptance of the changes that life can bring, and how they can enrich one's life.

Standing Watch, A Journey from Fear to Courage, a memoir that depicts the experience of a nineteen year old female sailor, and her family, as they move through a tragedy most of us could never imagine; the loss of innocence, seventeen comrades and the journey back to courage.

 

Seventeen Navy sailor's were killed when two uniformed terrorists, sailed to the side of the USS Cole, in a small boat full of explosives, and blasted a forty by forty foot hole in the hull of the ship.  This event, just short of a year later, was followed by 911, and together motivated our nation to establish Homeland Security and my daughter, SA Kesha Stidham to return to her ship, continue to serve and protect our nation. Stidham, along with the entire crew of the USS Cole, will always live with the memory of their lost comrades and wounded ship, but never fail to push forward with courage.

 

Standing Watch is one woman's story of how her life changed when her daughter, SA Kesha Stidham, was injured in the terrorist bombing of the U.S.S. Cole that took place on October 12, 2000.Uncertain if her daughter was dead or alive, she gradually gained the strength to deal with her own fears and to help others in grief deal with their losses as well. Laced with spirituality and understanding, this book traces her journey from the shadows of her fears to the acceptance of the changes that life can bring, and how they can enrich one's life.

 

Confronted with her own immortality, fear and courage young Stidham rose up, with a lion heart, to face it all.  Resolving her mistrust, in all that she thought she knew, she renews her faith in herself, her comrades, and her service to her country. Struggling  with her loss of feeling invincible and her commitment as a sailor Stidham decides to return to her service, receives the Purple Heart, and goes on to serve six more years in the Navy. Stidham has vowed, as I have, to never forget the blast that redefined our lives. Through Standing Watch, we honor those who gave their lives, those who kept the crippled Cole afloat, the comrades that tended the wounded and our history.

Excerpt
...Leaning heavy against the counter I press the message button. Caller ID indicates that one call is from Marc, which isn't a surprise. But the second call is from Richard, Rusty's Grandfather. I'm curious about this one...Marcs message is short and to the point. Shell, call me, It'simportant.
I wonder what could be so important. But I don't have time to think about it, because the next message tells me. "Michelle, it's Richard I wanted to find out if you knew anything more about the USS Cole, Kesha's ship. I guess you already know it was bombed...My mind goes whirling into space. I grab the edge of the counterand scream, "No!"
Richard's message ends,..."this morning in Yemen. Call me back. Bye" My body goes numb. I drop the phone and hold on to the counter. I begin sobbing and slump to the floor."Kesha!I remember the dream. I'm calling to regretfully inform you that your daughter, SA Kesha Stidham, was killed today during a routine naval operation. I'm sorry, Maam.
Crying I whisper, "to regretfully inform, to regretfully inform And I scream, No!"


Professional Reviews

Universal Story
Texas author Michelle Mantooth Poston's. "Standing Watch" is a genuinely personal, yet universal story of hope and inner strength..." says Stacy Warrington of Celebrations

A Triumphant Journey of the Heart
A captivating and moving story of a mother and her
daughter’s journey through a tragedy. I cried and laughed. It pulled at my heart and I cheered with their
triumphs. It gave me hope and strengthened my faith.


Shines Through
I loved this book, her love for her daughter and how they grew shines through in this heart felt story. A must read for any Mother or daughter that has ever gone through any conflict together. I applaud the author for her style of writing and her openness through out the book. She truly touched my heart. I am buying extra copies to send my family and friends!


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