Hope Underground: A Story of Faith And Miracles  -     By: Carlos Diaz
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Imago del Books
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0986979953
ISBN-13: 9780986979958
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33 Chilean Miners +1The Inside Story the World Was Never Told Until NowTrapped far beneath the surface in total darkness, with few resources and little hope for survival, 33 Chilean miners resolved to never say die. Little did they know, they were not alone.If all you ve heard about this amazing story is of their rescue, then you haven t heard the full story the stunning account of another Miner, an invisible Savior, who was with them in every desperate moment. As told by Pastor Carlos, the miner?'s unofficial and trusted spiritual mentor to this day, you will discover how even in utter darkness, God brings light to the hopeless.Hope Underground is a must-read for anyone who seeks a deeper spiritual insight into this thrilling and unique real-life drama.


Hope Underground by Carlos Parra Diaz tells the dramatic story of the 2010 Chilean mining accident and the subsequent rescue effort. Interwoven with the story of the rescue effort are the stories of the suffering miners' families, and the efforts of Diaz and other Christian ministers to comfort and encourage them.

When he hears of the mining accident, Pastor Diaz feels called by God to minister to Camp Hope, the gathering of the miners' families. He quickly becomes the official chaplain. To encourage the miners' families, he passes out Bibles to them, prays with them, listens to them, and holds their hands. When contact with the miners is established, Diaz sends down 33 small Bibles to them also.

Hope Underground also tells the story of the official rescue efforts made by the Chilean government. While there were many discouraging setbacks, the government never gave up on the miners. Even as the government did everything in its power to rescue the trapped men who were cut off by a sudden cave-in and landslide, the country's leaders, such as President Pinera, recognized that only God could help them be successful in rescuing the miners. After 69 days trapped underground, God delivered all 33 miners "out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire" (Psalm 40:2).

Hope Underground is an inspiring story of trust in God under very difficult circumstances. The book brilliantly intertwines the official rescue efforts to provide oxygen, food, and water to the buried men with the stories of the families who held a vigil topside day after day. The book shows the human side of the tragedy and ultimate triumph. All Christians would enjoy this book, but especially those who may be emotionally or spiritually “buried” and needing a renewed faith in God. - Scott H. Phillips, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Bridgman, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Story of Modern Day Heroism
    January 17, 2012
    richard r blake
    Bridgman, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The afternoon of August 10, 2010 a "massive chunk of granite mountainside" smashed through the walls and ceiling of the San Jose Mine in the Atacama Desert near Copiapo, Chile trapping 33 Chilean miners 700 meters below the surface of the earth.

    "Hope Underground: The 34 Chilean Miners - A story of Faith and Miracles" is the personal account of Pastor Carlos Parra Diaz relative to his work as chaplain at Camp Hope throughout the rescue operation. He tells of his daily interaction with the miners and their families, emphasizing how God manifested His presence and answers to prayer throughout the entire ordeal.

    The authors have captured an amazing sense of the feelings experienced by the participants in this real life drama.

    • The anguish of the Camp Hope residents

    • The frustration and distress of the management and government officials, their "horror and dismay" through the setbacks and failed rescue attempts

    • The disastrous silence felt throughout the camp

    • The fear by the families of the miners that there might be an abandonment of the rescue project, their shared pain, and mutual support

    • The defiant determination of will power of the people and the miracle power of prayer

    • The valiant leadership of Maria Segovia the established "Camp Mayor"

    • The renewed hope, rejoicing, and celebration on the day contact was made with the miners with the news that all 33 were alive and well

    I became personally engaged as I read of the day by day details of the entire operation. A unique story within the story told of a group of Christian Gypsies and of their prayer, music, and food ministry among the families of the miners.

    This is an amazing tribute to the perseverance of a people united together in support throughout an extraordinary crisis and the "Hand of God" at work in their behalf. The story is well written, compelling, heartwarming, and memorable.

    A collection of color photos provide an important reinforcement to understanding of environment of the site and the events reported within the written narrative.

    "Hope Underground" will challenge the reader to a deeper realization of the power of prayer, the importance of the bonding together with a body of believers in times of crisis, desperation, and personal encouragement.

    A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
  2. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
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    an inspiring story of faith
    November 6, 2011
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
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    The Atacama Desert in northern Chile is the driest place on earth. It is a jumble of barren, windswept plateaus, slat flats, and lava flows. To the east are the snow-capped Andes and to the west, the Pacific.

    In this barren land live over a million people because buried under the bleak surface are some of the largest deposits of copper, silver, gold, and sulfur nitrate. Mining remains Chile's chief export industry.

    One of the mines dotting the areas is the San Jose Mine. Unlike the state-owned mines, this independently owned mine had a history of violations and accidents so that the government mining safety board ordered it closed in 2007.

    By mid-2010 the mine had been reopened for more than year. The tough Chilean miners endured the rugged conditions in the labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, and shafts.

    On August 5, 2010 the workers at the lower level heard a sharp crack and the electric lights went dark. Unknown to them, about halfway between them and the surface, a massive section of granite mountainside (700,000 tons) dropped from where it had been suspended above the tunnels. It smashed through walls and ceilings, including those of the main ramp. The lower level miners were trapped.

    By evening the world knew of the thirty-three men, aged 19 to 63, almost a kilometer underground. Were they alive? If so, how long could they survive with limited air and food?

    So began what has been called the greatest mine rescue of all time. For the next sixty-nine days people around the world watched the unfolding human drama.

    Carlos was part of a volunteer group of local Christian clergy from a nearby town. While not members of his particular church, he wanted to do whatever he could to help them. He soon became known as the "Chaplain of Camp Hope." While the story of the mechanical aspect of the rescue needed to be told, there was also the spiritual side of the story that needed telling. This book tells that story, the story that r,eminds us, even in the twenty-first century, faith does move mountains.

    Carlos tells of his childhood, his conversion, university, marriage, role as pastor, father, then the move to Copiapo. He then relates his own experiences over the next days and weeks, ministering to those involved with the tragedy.

    Generous businesses, churches, and individuals provided food for the camp, the relatives waiting for their trapped loved ones.

    One week and then two weeks - the situation still grim. The probe that missed the miners. Then August 22 and knowing the miners were alive (a probe that went "off course" broke through to them). Carlos saw to it that Bibles small enough to go through the small piper were delivered to the miners. The complicated plans of getting the miners out. Establishing the prayer chain that went around the world. The role faith played in the lives of the miners and their families. One of the miners became a father while he was underground. The breakdown of one of the large drills. The arrival of Rolly the Clown. Survival techniques provided by NASA experts. September 24, the miners had been underground longer than any others. On October 9 the big drill broke through. Continuing preparations on the shaft. October 13, 12:15 am - the first miner was on the surface.

    This is an inspiring account of how people came together to support each other and rescue the miners. It is also an account of the role that faith played in the well being of the miners and those waiting for them. The miners told of praying daily and reciting Bible verses from memory. At celebrations, the miners repeatedly gave their thanks to God for their survival.

    The experience had an impact on Carlos. "I had always believed that God is real." Carlos writes, "a living God who chooses to be close to those who love Him. But during my weeks at Camp Hope, I experienced for myself, far more than I'd ever dreamed possible, just how real God is, how deeply He loves the human beings He has created, how directly involved He is in the daily lives of His children." (181)

    The inspiration of Camp Hope and the rescue lives on. Carlos lastly asks his readers, how will they respond to this good news?

    I received an egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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