Books by Amy Shively Hawk

Six Years in the Hanoi Hilton: An Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in Vietnam


In 1967, U.S. Air Force fighter pilot James Shively was shot down over North Vietnam. After ejecting from his F-105 Thunderchief aircraft, he landed in a rice paddy and was captured by the North Vietnamese Army. For the next six years, Shively endured brutal treatment at the hands of the enemy in Hanoi prison camps.  Bound in iron stocks at the Hanoi Hilton, unable to get home to his loved ones, Shively contemplated suicide. Yet somehow he found hope and the will to survive–and he became determined to help his fellow POWs.  In a newspaper interview several years after his release, Shively said, “I had the opportunity to be captured, the opportunity to be interrogated, the opportunity to be tortured and the experience of answering questions under torture. It was an extremely humiliating experience. I felt sorry for myself. But I learned the hard way life isn’t fair. Life is only what you make of it.” Six Years in the Hanoi Hilton is a haunting, riveting portrayal of life as an American prisoner of war trapped on the other side of the world.

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I couldn’t put this book down. In ten hours I cried through a box of Kleenex, laughed out loud, inwardly smiled, felt very nauseous, became extremely angry, then was filled with awe and gratitude. Six Years in the Hanoi Hilton should be required reading for every high school student in the nation. It is an American treasure, but then it was written about one. I am proud to have called Jim Shively a friend and I’m proud of his daughter. Amy is a gifted writer. Kudos to her for sharing her dad’s story with the world.”

Debra Wilde, former news anchor and journalist, Spokane

Six Years in the Hanoi Hilton is not merely a story of war, captivity, and torture. It is the story of a special man, one of the best and brightest of his generation. Jim Shively’s faith, inner strength, patriotism, and humility were the hallmarks of a truly great American. He was a man of character and dedication to service. It was my distinct privilege to know Jim Shively. We became friends relatively late in his life. He shared many memories, some about his captivity in Vietnam. But mostly Jim offered a perspective on life filled with a rare honesty and sincerity that made every hour with him an honor. Through the pages of this book, that honor is now yours.”

Mike Fitzsimmons, radio and television journalist, news director, and talk radio host, KXLY Newsradio 920, Spokane

As a classmate of Jim Shively at the Air Force Academy and a lifelong friend, I am truly ecstatic that Jim’s daughter, Amy, has written this book. My wife, Sandy, and I have spent many hours not just reading the book, but discussing it in considerable detail. I have not read any other book on the POW experience that impressed me to the same extent. I believe the reader will be greatly pleased and blessed by the absolutely wonderful rendition and research by Amy. Jim Shively was truly a gentleman and man among men, and I will never forget his terrible wounds staring us in the face each day from his heroic resistance. Obviously, by this outstanding book, it is clear his spirit, courage, and excellence remain with us on earth in his daughter, Amy, as well as with him where he is now. Thank you, Amy, this book has been a spectacular confirmation of my very highest opinion of your dear father and my dear friend. All the best to you for its wonderful success, which I believe will greatly bless our country in many, many ways.”

Captain Guy G. Gruters, motivational POW speaker and author of Locked Up With God

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More books by Amy:

TTAH2In her thirties and with two young children, Amy was suddenly diagnosed with a fast-moving type of skin cancer. As a believer, she thought God could heal her, but would he want to? Overwhelmed with statistics and information from the medical community, and confused about God’s will, Amy hid the piles of paperwork under her bed, and opened up her Bible instead. In it she discovered that there is one truth about God’s will for physical healing – and it is revealed in the ministry of his Son. In The Truth About Healing, Amy shares the story of her journey from thinking that healing was for a limited few, to believing that the gospel should not be preached without it. If you have ever wondered whether God really wants you to be healed or not, wonder no more. There is only one truth about the will of God for healing – and Jesus came to testify to it.

I loved how user-friendly Amy’s approach was to a subject that is somewhat new to me. I’m so grateful for the help in understanding the truth about God and healing! This is the book I will pick for people that need to know why, how, when and if God heals people. It’s 100% scriptural goodness!”Shelly McCandless, Author, Redding, CA
I would put this book up beside any book about healing I’ve read. Absolutely excellent in every way. Easy to understand, yet deep. Lots of personal examples and experiences. After I read it, we bought 12 more copies to share with our home group.”
Merrily Harris, Pastor, River of Hope, Spokane



Did you know that Christ set us free from religious rules and regulations, but it’s up to us to STAY free?   In The Truth About Religion, Amy confronts powerless Christianity. Using the book of Galatians, Amy exposes religious activity, how it works, what fuels it, and how religion (which is “form” without power) opposes the work of the Holy Spirit in the church. Amy also reveals a God-given strategy for stepping into the powerful, fearless, risk-taking lifestyle Christ-followers are called to embrace.

Amy did it again! Her writing is very concise, and full of scripture and personal testimonies, allowing the reader to identify and understand what she is portraying about religion. I would recommend this book for all to read. Looking forward to the next one!” Sean Birtch, Pastor and Worship Leader, Redding, CA
The only people in the bible Jesus demonstrated anger toward were the professionally religious. These people, who were experts on scripture, failed to recognize who Jesus was. This is the work of the “religious spirit,” and that spirit is still at work in the Church today. In this book, Amy Hawk exposes the work of the spirit of religion, how to identify it, and what to do about it. Read this important book today.” Ray Edwards, Author and Speaker, Ray Edwards International
I love that Amy relates to her reader in a way that makes scripture easy to digest and understand. She conquers a hard subject with grace and love. Buy it, read it and pass it on!”
Shannon Eaglin, Spokane, WA

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

Paul - Galatians 5.1