Hi Friends,

Happy Summer 2017!  It’s sweltering here in Oregon and we’ve been spending a lot of time on the water. Steve continues to risk his life in the high winds, and this year he competed in the Gorge Cup race series.

I have to admit, as much as I complain about being a “windsurfing widow,” I feel like a giddy sixteen year old when I watch him race.  (Don’t tell him, though!)

Then there’s me.

I dunno, I’d say our skills are fairly evenly matched.

I got to do another Barnes and Noble signing event in Spokane.  One thing I didn’t expect with the publication of Six Years was the ministry to veterans that God would do through the book. It is an extreme honor!

In between windsurfing races and book events, we managed to do one other very exciting thing this summer, as we graduated this lovely young person…

Her brother is very proud, too!

 

We couldn’t get the balloons to go right in the wind, but you get the idea.

Savanna is on her way to study biology and medicine in Arizona, with a desire to go into medical missions. We are beyond proud of her hard work and compassionate heart.  What a joy she has been to raise. I posted an 18th birthday/graduation tribute to her on Instagram, but in case you missed it:

“It’s SJ’s birthday.?
My baby graduated and turned 18 all in one week. I’m having all the feels. I’m not done with her. I didn’t get enough time. I never organized the Tupperware cabinet (I had 18 years!!!) – and now she’ll always remember that she grew up in a home with no lids. ?
Part of me is saying, “Spread your wings! Fly away, little Hawk!” But most of me is saying, “Stay and live here! We will organize stuff together and play Canasta. It will be fun! Why would you want to leave?”
I think I need prayer.”

P.S. Happy birthday, Savanna❤️

Also, Steve and I went to senior prom (or, in our case, prom-for-seniors)! Ha!

(Notice I wore flips so  I could really bust a move.)

And here is a new, short video about Six Years in the Hanoi Hilton.  (Thank you to my dutiful son Cruise, for setting up the lighting and helping me.) Hopefully you can’t hear Steve Hawk snoring in the background!

Please feel free to pass this video along. I am donating a portion of the proceeds to The Headstrong Project, an organization that provides free mental health care to veterans with PTSD.  Their program works, and did I mention it was free? You can find out more here.

Also, there is no finer hero in my book then Senator John McCain. I was very sad to learn of his recent brain cancer diagnosis.   He is as courageous and tough as they come and such a warmhearted man. One of the greatest pleasures of my life was interviewing him for my book. I’ll never forget his kindness and generosity toward me. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

Upcoming Events:

I’ll be at The Book People of Moscow Bookstore in Moscow, Idaho on August 9th at 7:00 PM for a book signing and discussion. Can’t wait!

Summer Reads:

OK, if you want to laugh your pa-tootie off, AND be seriously challenged, may I suggest I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi? Luvvie tell us everything we need to know about life, culture, and social media etiquette. She can be a little raunchy (skip over those parts if you want), but her observations are dead-on and I HOWLED my way through this book.

Some of you may not know that I went to college for broadcast journalism. I love all things having to do with current events, journalism, and investigative research. I am a big fan of Megyn Kelly. I admire her work and I like how she delivers the news.  Her memoir is just like she is on air: intelligent, authentic, and bold. Settle For More gives her account of growing up in a middle class family, becoming a lawyer, and then her swift, unexpected rise to fame at FOX News.  She also talks about the online bullying  she endured from our current president and his followers during his campaign last year. (All because she did her job and asked him tough questions that he didn’t like.)

Searching for Sunday is like a soothing, warm blanket on a chilly day. Rachel Held Evans is hitting me right in the feels with this one.  She grew up as a passionate believer in a very active church-going family, started a church with her husband and some friends in her twenties, had it fall apart, ended up disillusioned and leaving the church altogether, and then found her way back.  For anyone who has lived through the cycle of being on-fire for revival one minute, and completely done with church the next, take heart. This one’s for you!

Lastly…

Recent faves from around the web:

Wonder Woman Might Be the Most Accurate On-Screen Depiction of Biblical Womanhood, And Here’s Why  

I loooooooved this movie!  Got to see it with my sisters and Savanna. Could Wonder Woman be prophetic for the days we are in?

When Suits Become a Stumbling Block: A Plea to my Brothers in Christ  Just a bit of satire that made me chuckle. All in good fun!

Wishing you lots of laughs, good reads, warm winds, and, as the kids say, may the rest of your summer be lit!

Amy

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Written by Amy

Amy Shively Hawk is the author of Six Years in the Hanoi Hilton: An Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in Vietnam, with a foreword by John McCain. She lives in Hood River, Oregon, where she serves on the elder board and teaches bible classes at her local church. In the summer, she may be found on the sunny Columbia River windsurfing, paddle boarding, or doing SUP yoga with her husband Steve and their lively teenagers, Savanna and Cruise.