How Best-Selling Author Brigitte Gabriel’s Childhood Impacted Her Life’s Work
In New Book ‘RISE,’ Gabriel Arms Readers with Details She Learned Over a Lifetime About Terrorism—Compelling Data That Will Equip Americans to Fight Efforts of Nation’s Enemies
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Each morning growing up, Brigitte Gabriel looked at the same mildew-covered cement wall that was just inches from her face upon waking. Strange as it may seem, those gray blocks were as beautiful as the Sistine Chapel to her.
They meant Gabriel had survived another night in the dingy underground bomb shelter she and her family called home.
As a girl, the New York Times best-selling author spent seven years in an underground 8-by-10-foot cave of sorts after Islamic radicals blew up her home in a small Christian town in southern Lebanon in 1975.
“Despite the circumstances, I glowed from ear to ear every morning, because I knew that by waking up, it meant at least one more day that I could hug and kiss my parents,” Gabriel wrote in her new book, “RISE: In Defense of Judeo-Christian Values and Freedom.” “Having air in my lungs meant I still had a chance to survive and that one day things would go back to the way they were before the war. Instead of playing games with friends, I spent years in that shelter lying in bed, knitting, or crocheting to keep my mind off the fact that my life could be over in an instant. Every night I prayed very hard to live just one more day while bombs rained from above.
“Faith is all you have when your shadow, the shadow of death, becomes your only playmate,” she continued. “As a young teenager in a bomb shelter with nowhere to go and no one my age to talk to, I needed an escape. My only window to the world was through a black-and-white television operated on a car battery. My father turned it on only at night so we could watch the evening news and hear the latest status of the war. That television took me to places I could only dream of at the time. It was my source of therapy, along with my faith and my family. In addition to helping me learn English, television shows enchanted me. The world they depicted was such a profound contrast to the hell I was living in at the time. I would dream and fantasize about the television magically sucking my parents and me through it and transporting us to America—this land of freedom, safety, and prosperity.”
This childhood greatly impacted—and, in fact, still drives today—Gabriel’s life’s work. “RISE” arms readers with the details and facts that she has learned over her lifetime about terrorism—real, compelling data that will equip Americans to fight the efforts of the nation’s enemies to undermine the U.S. culture at every level. “RISE” also motivates readers to unite with other patriots who wish to preserve America’s endangered Judeo-Christian values and freedom.
Gabriel’s passion to share this important message is fueled by remembering that terrorism robbed her of her childhood.
“When my home was bombed and nearly every material possession was taken from me, I went from having maids to eating dandelions that I would dig out around our bomb shelter when the bullets and explosions would subside for a while,” Gabriel said. “I went from having a chauffeur drive me to school to being driven to and from school in a military tank, which could fit myself and 15 other children inside. Some days I had to run home from school as fast as I could, and I routinely dove into ditches as bombshells exploded and bullets scattered the ground near my feet.
“Still, in spite of having almost nothing, I had everything,” Gabriel added. “The things that truly mattered were right next to me in that shelter—the unshakable bond and faith in God that we shared as a family, the values we lived by and were willing to die for, and even learning to reject hatred and forgive our enemies for the evil that they did to us. The shows we watched on that black-and-white television depicted the small-town American utopia in which I could only dream of living. That was the America to which I dreamed of coming. Those are the Judeo-Christian values that came to fruition to form the greatest nation the world has ever seen. America had no boundaries—it was just a wide-open world where the sky is the limit. America represented all the values I grew up with but captured them in a way no other country on earth ever had before.”
“RISE” contains Gabriel’s most hard-hitting, explosive message yet. It’s not only a warning but also a rallying cry to unite Americans of all backgrounds in a fight for the survival of the nation, the protection of the Judeo-Christian values upon which it was built, and the preservation of the freedoms on which future generations depend.
In the 10 years since her groundbreaking first book took the world by storm, Gabriel has boldly faced death threats from terrorists, condemnation from critics and attacks from the “PC Police,” yet she refuses to back down. Gutsy, spirited, undauntable and resolute, Gabriel now issues a new clarion call to America that addresses the historical and religious basis of our greatest threats to national security.
She started her organization, ACT for America—now approaching 1 million members—in an effort to protect the citizens of the United States from the horrors she experienced as a girl. She is also the celebrated author of two New York Times best-sellers, “Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America” (2006) and “They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It” (2010). “RISE” is published by Frontline, an imprint of Charisma House, which has published 14 New York Times best-sellers.