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On That Day, Everybody Ate: One Woman's Story of Hope and Possibility in Haiti -- With Post-Earthquake Update

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  186 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Following her husband's untimely death, Margaret Trost visited Haiti to heal her broken heart through service. Struggling to make sense of the extreme poverty, and touched by the warmth and resilience of those she meets, she partners with a local community to develop a food program that now serves thousands of meals each week to children and others in need. On That Day, Ev ...more
Paperback, 143 pages
Published September 15th 2008 by Koa Books
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Oct 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a life altering book in my opinion. I personally know the author and she is an amazing woman who suffered a great tragedy in her life but managed to turn it around and help A LOT of people in the process. A definite favorite
Cheryl Ann Wills
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Margaret's story is one of vulnerability at a time when life can seem at its lowest. The weaving of God's hand in her life, from tragedy to inspiration is told remarkably well with colorful stories. I can't imagine anyone reading this who would not be encouraged to DO something to help so many millions around the world with so much less. For me, I chose the people of Haiti because of this book. The What if? Foundation is a constant reminder to me that it only takes one little step b followed by ...more
Nov 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
"I was a 39-yer old white, middle class woman, who didn't speak Creole, had never studied Haitian history or politics or global economics or grass-roots organizing or fund raising or anything like that. I didn't know what I was doing. The problem was too huge. The number of people in need was too large."

"...I would be getting on a plane in a few weeks to fly back to the Bay Area to my house with wood floors, painted walls, and furniture in every room. I had lamps and a computer, a full refrigera
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This worthwhile book is a quick read for anyone who is interested in Haiti, and what people in developing countries like the U.S. can really do to help. The author is oriented before her first trip to Haiti to understand she is going to Haiti on a trip called "a reverse pilgrimage" and "designed for the transformation of the participants". It was truly life changing for the author.
Apr 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Read this book for the book group I participate in. Margaret Trost gives some good insights on Haiti and the group had a great discussion around the book. We must be thankful for what we have and find ways to give to those less fortunate no matter how small we think the contribution might be.
Well- written. Informative, challenging, clean
Julie Helenius
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was as if I was reading my own thoughts. Haiti has captivated everyone I know that has been there. Margaret is able to articulate that sentiment perfectly.
Mar 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Trost first went to Haiti a year and a half after her husband died. It was a volunteer trip, but the idea was—explicitly—less for the volunteers to transform the lives of others than for them to learn something...about Haiti, about themselves. Trost was grieving, and this seemed like a step in the right direction.

This is the story of that trip and the next few that followed as Trost worked to secure funding for a lunch programme based out of a church—they provided, every Sunday, a meal for sever
Melissa Lindsey
This is why I shouldn't wait 2 weeks before writing a review. I can't, for the life of me, remember why I gave this book 3 stars. I am sure I liked it, but it was not memorable enough for me to remember the whats and whys. And maybe that, for me as a reader, is what is the difference between the five star books and the three star books -- I can still remember clearly what I was thinking and how I was feeling when I was reading them. They stick with me long after the book is complete. This one, u ...more
Apr 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
Reason for rating: Nonfiction is not at all interesting to me. In fact, I find it quite boring. Especially with something like this. Very boring. This book took the longest to read out of all my summer reading books (though you could blame that on the fact that I was grounded which was the reason for finishing the other books one per day) even though it was the shortest. It was repetetive and never-ending, okay? Of course, I should be saying it was inspiring and stuff, which it was to me, when I ...more
Jan 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book for its simplicity. Margaret Trost arrives in Haiti completely overwhelmed by what she sees and doesn't try to hide it. She admits she doesn't have all the answers. She struggles with her feelings of inadequacy in the face of terrible poverty. She knows almost nothing about Haitian culture and politics. She doesn't speak Creole. Despite her limitations, she manages to help a small community in Port-au-Prince have a hot meal every Sunday.

There was no pretention or judgem
Tina Simmons
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is a raw, revealing look at life in Haiti. The history of Haiti is absolutely fascinating. The poverty described left me breathless & heartbroken. We have supported two charities working in Haiti. We are regular supporters of a small school with a feeding program. This book made me thankful that we have been sending money for a few years. Those of us born in the US are sincerely and richly blessed beyond measure. We should be sharing more of our resources and helping our neighbor
Heather  McEllistrem
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As many others have pointed out, this is an important and inspirational book! The author, Margaret Trost, also happens to be the sister of a very dear child hood friend of mine and I have always admired her and her family greatly! I highly recommend reading this compelling book and supporting the What If? Foundation (

May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
I found myself really understanding and enjoying Margaret's personal transformation and internal call to action following her initial experience in Haiti. A great read that covers not only the emotional stirrings of Margaret that led her to action, but also some of the historical context for how Haiti became as it is today (or at least as of 2008). I really enjoyed this book.
bill Holston
Mar 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Excellent and moving account. It is a very short easy read, but quite moving. A nice overview of Haiti, as well as a motivation to do little things that wind up changing the world. Little by Little we arrive, she says in Creole.
Aug 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Given to me by a neighbor who has been involved in Haiti for years. A quick personal account of how one woman became involved with a church feeding program in Haiti. Inspirational and thought provoking.
Kari Gang
May 31, 2010 rated it liked it
A short easy read that will give you one woman's perspective on how visiting Haiti changed her life.
Jun 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
A touching look at pre-earthquake Haiti through the eyes of a mother and recent-widow.
Gretchen Hofing
Oct 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
After having just been in Haiti, it's amazing how accurate her descriptions of the state of the country are. So many needs . . . but inspiring to see how one person can truly make a difference.
Aug 05, 2011 added it
A truly inspiring story of one woman's determination to make a difference in Haiti. Wish it were more widely known. Everyone should read and then pass along! And then give!!
Jan 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Great book about humanitarian aid to Haiti (before the quake).
Jan 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Really placed the current Haitian crisis in perspective for me...
Liliana Bachelder
Feb 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
woman addressing hunger in Haiti on a very personal micro level. inspiring!
Aug 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Another book reminding me to be the change you want to see in the world. What an amazing person!
T Crockett
A fast, intense, heart stretching read. A must for anyone interested in Haiti or economic inequality, wherever it occurs.
Oct 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Someone who wants to be changed
The starvation and grotesque conditions in Haiti and how Jesus' Kingdom is present there.
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Following her husband's untimely death, Margaret Trost visited Haiti to heal her broken heart through service. Struggling to make sense of the extreme poverty and touched by the warmth and resilience of those she met, she partnered with a local community and together they developed a program that now serves thousands of meals a week to those in need. On That Day Everybody Ate tells the story of he ...more

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