We Are Not AfraidBook - 2002
Recommends the principles of self-respect, forthrightness, family solidarity, religious faith, and self-reliance practiced by the people of the small, impoverished coal-mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia, as an antidote to fear.
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Today, fear affects even the strongest of us. Sometimes it's immediate, caused by a sense of imminent danger-the kind we felt after terrorists destroyed the magnificent World Trade Center, tore a giant wound in the Pentagon and killed thousands of people. But sometimes fear becomes a normal way of life.
In his best-selling memoir October Sky (aka Rocket Boys), Hickam introduced us to the rugged town of his youth, Coalwood, West Virginia, and the people who took on the hazardous and often brutal enterprise of coal mining. To survive and prosper, these people relied on an approach to living that would get them through hard times with an almost unnatural resilience. Over a lifetime, they learned to take on these attitudes:
- We are proud of who we are.
- We stand up for what we believe.
- We keep our families together.
- We trust in God but rely on ourselves.
These attitudes are summed up in the Coalwood Assumption:
- WE ARE NOT AFRAID
Through poignant memories of his youth, best selling author Homer Hickam helps lead you beyond fear to find the courage and strength to live more happily and look toward to future with optimism.
The best-selling author of October Sky shares the hard-won wisdom of the people of his coal-mining town roots to help Americans deal with the fear following September 11, 2001, including such truisms as "We are not afraid," We are proud of who we are," "We stand up for what we believe," "We work hard," and "We believe in miracles." Original. 400,000 first printing.