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You’re young, in love, and in paradise … surfing, traveling, partying.

Then in one terrifying wave of heat and noise your reality shatters into a million pieces that can never be put back together.

On October 12, 2002, a massive car bomb ripped through the popular Kuta nightclub, the Sari Club, killing 202 people.

Hanabeth Luke was hamming it up on the dance floor to cheesy pop tunes with a friend when a loud bang, like a car back-firing, momentarily silenced the music and dimmed the lights.

“The noise which came next I will never forget … It was a thud, like the slam of a car door, but multiplied to a volume I simply cannot describe,” Hanabeth writes in this extraordinary memoir.

Hanabeth survived the Bali Bomb, but her boyfriend Marc Gajardo was killed instantly in the blast.

The heart-wrenching story of young love, and lives, cut short is chilling and confronting. Yet it is the story of what Hanabeth has done since which brings a spark of hope and light to this terrible chapter in our history.

Confronting world leaders, campaigning for peace and against the war on terror, resolving to squeeze the most from every day, Hanabeth’s inspirational tale provides a stirring case study in survival and healing.

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It isn’t the moment you are struck that you need courage, but for the long uphill climb back to sanity and faith and security.

- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Posted on Sunday, September 30th 2012