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In the aftermath of the attack and the harrowing trials of the two men responsible for it The Rising offers hope that we can find a way back to ourselves even when all seems lost  Today Bill Petit has remarried He and his wife have a baby boy The very existence of this new family defies rational expectation and yet it confirms our persistent if often unspoken belief that we are greater than what befalls us and that if we know where to look for strength in trying times we will always find it Bill’s story told as never before in The Rising is by turns compelling and uplifting an affirmation of the inexhaustible power of the human spiri. Without demeaning or diminishing any of what Bill Petit endured this book gets a touch sycophantic in moments D'Agostino is a tremendous writer and the writing is never dry or dull I plowed through this but I wish the focus had been wider Still I look forward to whatever D'Agostino writes next

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The RisingThe astonishing story of one man’s recovery in the face of traumatic loss and a powerful meditation on the resilience of the soul On JulyDr William Petit suffered an unimaginable horror Armed strangers broke into his suburban Connecticut home in the middle of the night bludgeoned him nearly to death tortured and killed his wife and two daughters and set their house on fire He miraculously survived and yet living through those horrific hours was only the beginning of his ordeal Broken and defeated Bill was forced to confront a uestion of ultimate conseuence How does a person find the strength to start over and live again after confront. On July 23 2007 it seemed that Dr Bill Petit’s life was over Two men broke into his small town Connecticut house while he was asleep They brutally attacked him beating him on his head then tied him to a pole in the basement to die They then began a seven hour rampage of torture against his wife who one of the men raped and then strangled and two daughters ages seventeen and eleven raping the younger one when they couldn’t find any money in the house Afterwards they set the house on fire Bill managed to escape to roll to a neighbor’s house before the men set the house on fire Though severely injured Bill survived His wife and daughters died The men were uickly captured in the minivan they stole from the house Bill’s life was in ruins The community was in shock While THE RISING concentrates uite a bit on the events of the night and the trials of the two perpetrators it also provides some background on the Petit family and to a lesser degree on how Bill was able to deal with the aftermath It provides much information about the first trial I wish it had about the second one Bill was raised to give back to the community through both his work he was an endocrinologist and volunteer work His wife and daughters also volunteered in numerous capacities Throughout his life he was always in control and kept his emotions hidden After their deaths he learned about the caring actions of his daughters things they never told him The community pulled together to help him heal as did donations from strangers throughout the country who heard his story His facade eventually broke down somewhat during the first trial and enabled him to begin to move on with his life in a stronger position The book offers hope and a way to possibly deal with a major tragedy It also has a few a lines of humor For example it tells that his wife told one man she was a pediatric nurse; he replied she could probably give him a great foot rub There are some areas that seem extraneous An example is when it mentions that he once dated a girl named Wendy All the children in the family had the names of the Darling family in Peter Pan It is a fast read but not an easy one because of the subject matter The author is a professional journalist working primarily in the magazine area Some parts are taken from articles he had published earlier That might explain why there is a lot of repetition which is one of the main reasons I have given the book only three stars I received an uncorrected proof of the book from LibraryThing Some things may have been changed by the time the final version was printed I also hope the final version includes some photographs of the family They along with photos shown at the trial are available on line

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The Rising review ô 100 ç [KINDLE] ❥ The Rising ➛ Ryan DAgostino – The astonishing story of one man’s recovery in the face of traumatic loss—and a powerful meditation on the resilience of the soul On July 23 2007 Dr William Petit suffered an unimaginable horror The astonishing story of one man’s recovery Ing the darkest of nightmares In The Rising acclaimed journalist Ryan D’Agostino takes us into Bill Petit’s world using unprecedented access to Bill and his family and friends to craft a startling inspiring portrait of human strength and endurance To understand what produces a man capable of surviving the worst D’Agostino digs deep into Bill’s all American upbringing and in the process tells a remarkable story of not just a man’s life but of a community’s power to shape that life through its embrace of loyalty and self sacrifice as its most important values Following Bill through the hardest days through the desperate times. “Be sober be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour” 1 Peter 58“Bill is trying every day to claw his way back into a world he's not even sure he wants to live in The end of the world visited a loving family in a small Connecticut town one night and he alone survived it Damaged almost beyond repair but alive”In July of 2007 armed intruders broke into a suburban Connecticut home bludgeoned Dr Bill Petit while he slept and then tortured and killed his wife and daughters They finished it off by setting the house aflame Bill managed to escape through a basement door badly injured and completely unaware of what had happened to his family Obviously this is a horrific scenario something beyond our worst imagining but the author does not sensationalize He turns this dark story into a survivor's tale It takes a few years but Bill begins to build a new lifeIt is well researched and well written I know this will spook many readers but if you can handle the real life horror give this one a try“he has decided to live because life abides”