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Monday Merchants: Tornado Books and Giveaway

I’ll never forget the story from Joplin, MO, of the husband and wife who lived in an upstairs apartment. When the tornado sirens went off, the husband suggested they go downstairs to a safe place. The wife was napping and didn’t want to be bothered, so she refused to go. The husband went downstairs and the tornado roared in like a giant vacuum cleaner, destroying most of central Joplin, including the upstairs apartment. Just minutes later, a rescue worker found the stunned husband. When he heard his story, he climbed up into the rubble to check on the woman. He found a woman, dead. Not knowing for sure if it was the wife of the man below, he took a photo on his phone, and climbed back down.

“Yes,” the husband said, dazed. “That’s her.”

You may already have Shatterproof, the book I wrote about the tornadoes of 2011. I’m going to give away a free signed copy today, so if you win it but already have it, feel free to pass it on to a naive neighbor, friend or family member who ignores weather warnings. You may save their life some day!

Shatterproof is unique in that it is almost like three books in one. It is divided into three sections: Hackleburg, Alabama; Ringgold, Georgia; and Joplin, MO. Besides the personal stories of people involved in these tornadoes, I’ve included gray boxes of fascinating tornado facts, a chart of the EF scale and what it means, and tornado safety tips. Here’s where you can pick up the paperback or the Kindle version: Shatterproof.

Here are some of the books on which I relied heavily as I did my research for Shatterproof.

  • The Mighty Whirlwind by David Wagler is a warm and friendly account of the Palm Sunday tornadoes of 1965 in northern Indiana. It was published by Pathway Publishers in 1966, and I’m not sure that it is in print anymore judging by the high price I’m finding online. I’m including a link here for you but I would think there are much cheaper ways to get it in your hands. Mighty Whirlwind an Account of the Palm Sunday Tornado
  • And if you are a tornado chasing fanatic, I recommend Tornado Hunter by Bechtel and Samara and published by the National Geographic Society in 2009. Maybe you should just not be a tornado hunter! But if you really want to run toward bad weather instead of away, here you go: Tornado Hunter: Getting Inside the Most Violent Storms on Earth
  • I didn’t use this picture book in my research, but I love picture books! Tornadoes! by Gail Gibbons has great diagrams for children (or adults!) explaining how tornadoes form. It also has illustrations of the best ways to take shelter when a tornado is coming. Sometimes I think a children’s book is an adult’s best short refresher. It’s also cheap! Available here in paperback, hardback, or audio: Tornadoes!

And if you want a really short refresher on tornado safety, come back tomorrow for Tuesday Tips and I will give you a two minute fast refresher on tornado safety.

To enter the drawing for a free signed copy of Shatterproof, leave a comment here on the blog or on Facebook from now until 7 am Tuesday morning, April 30, 2019. Winner will be announced on the Tuesday Tips post.

Have a great start to the week!

I have started something new and included affiliate links in this post. This gives me an opportunity to make a small percentage of any sales from the links I post here, thereby supporting the time I spend writing. Again, I plan to post Merchant Posts only on Mondays, so you always know you can expect the Saturday night post to be commercial-free. 🙂

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80 Responses to Monday Merchants: Tornado Books and Giveaway

  1. Wanda Pletcher April 29, 2019 at 10:01 am #

    Thanks for writing!! I always love getting your emails. It’s a brighter in my day. Wishing you God’s richest blessing!

    • Kim April 29, 2019 at 12:09 pm #

      What a great book! I’d love to read it.

      • Melody April 29, 2019 at 6:06 pm #

        Katrina I always enjoy your blogs:) I find disasters quite fascinating as I cook occasionally for Christian Aid Ministries Disaster Response Service.

        Thanks for all the inspiration you send:)

        melodyannette1988@gmail.com

    • Janeen Troyer April 29, 2019 at 2:37 pm #

      Sounds interesting

  2. Grace Reiff April 29, 2019 at 10:08 am #

    I’d love to read Shatterproof ! Coming from PA we didn’t worry about tornado’s and had one close encounter since we live here ,at the time we had no tornado shelter of any kind and at the worst of the storm were frantically trying to figure out what to do ! Thank God we heard it go over but didn’t touch down .we now have a tornado shelter in our basement !

    • Mirian Miller April 29, 2019 at 1:14 pm #

      I would love to read this book. Recently we heard the train sound of a tornado as it it went past us. It was not exciting…more like frightening!

    • Marilyn April 29, 2019 at 2:07 pm #

      I always look forward to reading your blogs. They’re down to earth n realistic!! Sometimes funny! God bless your writing!!

  3. Faith H April 29, 2019 at 10:10 am #

    Thanks for writing …we enjoy your posts! This book sounds interesting! Faith

  4. Laura April 29, 2019 at 10:13 am #

    I love reading your posts, and am intrigued with your tornado writing… as, in fact, I would love to chase tornadoes (I probably don’t know what I’m wishing for… ) My students and I made a joke of it, because they knew that is my dream, but then I told them that I don’t need to go chase tornadoes; I had them as my tornadoes to chase all day! They loved it. 😉

    • Rhoda April 29, 2019 at 10:50 am #

      Sounds like an interesting book to read! I’ve seen the book but have never read it.

      • Linda April 29, 2019 at 1:28 pm #

        Don’t read many books anymore because of vision difficulties, but I’d love to try! I do LOVE reading your online posts!

  5. Sharon April 29, 2019 at 10:14 am #

    I love reading…

    • Crystal April 29, 2019 at 1:39 pm #

      I’ve read Shatterproof, but I’d love to have my own copy!

  6. Esther Nissley April 29, 2019 at 10:16 am #

    I enjoy your blog so I know I’d love to read shatterproof!

  7. El Stoltzfus April 29, 2019 at 10:17 am #

    I want this book! Shatterproof sounds wonderful. Tornadoes are my most consistent nightmares. I feel helpless and naive concerning tornadoes. In my nightmare I am always desperately trying to get my children to safety, but one or two always slips through my fingers.

  8. Lois Overholt April 29, 2019 at 10:17 am #

    Would enjoy reading this book.

    • Janelle Ulrich April 29, 2019 at 10:50 am #

      I grew up in IL and witnessed an EF 4 tornado from about 5 miles away. They have always fascinated me! While living in VA we didn’t have to worry a lot about them but now that I live in NE, I should likely heighten my awareness and respect for them once more. Would love to read your book!:)

  9. Rhonda April 29, 2019 at 10:21 am #

    Would love to read Shatterproof! I haven’t ever experienced a tornado but have experienced multiple hurricanes and a serious earthquake.

  10. Renae April 29, 2019 at 10:22 am #

    I always enjoy your writing and Shatterproof sounds very interesting!

  11. Treva April 29, 2019 at 10:27 am #

    I remember the Palm Sunday tornadoes. I watched as it dipped down several miles away. Uggh. But what power.

    • Trish April 29, 2019 at 11:07 am #

      I’d love to read Shatterproof!

  12. Joyce April 29, 2019 at 10:40 am #

    I have really enjoyed your blog! Shatterproof sounds like a great book!

  13. Ina April 29, 2019 at 10:41 am #

    Enjoy your blogs. You’re such a blessing!

  14. SS April 29, 2019 at 10:44 am #

    Now that I now longer live in Mississippi I might could handle reading a book about tornadoes.😆

  15. Jeanette April 29, 2019 at 10:44 am #

    Hey… I’d love to win a copy of your book!

  16. Dorcas April 29, 2019 at 10:51 am #

    I read the book once, several years ago. I’d love to read it again.

  17. Joy Yoder April 29, 2019 at 10:53 am #

    I think it sounds like an interesting book. It is good to be alert to what the weather is doing. We get quite a bit of severe weather here, or maybe I should say quite a few warnings at least.

  18. Gloria April 29, 2019 at 11:14 am #

    that sounds like a good book, that would be nice to win! ☺

  19. Mary April 29, 2019 at 11:16 am #

    I don’t know much about tornadoes as we don’t worry about them here in AZ, but I would love to read your book!

    • Mari April 29, 2019 at 3:51 pm #

      As a child tornado warnings always terrified me. That sickening green of the sky made me feel sick inside. One time I had the opportunity to see the funnel forming in the distance – after the storm had already passed over us.

  20. Dorcas April 29, 2019 at 11:18 am #

    Of course I would love to read Shatterproof. Having been transplanted from the land of tornados to blizzards and finally to the deep south where hurricanes threaten to disturb our peace, I know I would find this inspiring…blessings on your Monday…

  21. Mary Weaver April 29, 2019 at 11:39 am #

    I never read the book but would love too.

  22. Kim Martin April 29, 2019 at 11:40 am #

    I would love to read Shatterproof, especially since we survived a tornado in May 2017 here in Conrath, WI.

  23. Krista Burkholder April 29, 2019 at 11:42 am #

    I read the book several years ago but I don’t own a copy. It would be very welcome on my bookshelf!

  24. Anonymous April 29, 2019 at 11:56 am #

    Excellent immersion reporting in the previous post, Katrina. The human interest part made it especially compelling, and I was so thrilled that the man and his family survived the storm. Thank you for such a satisfying story! 🙂

  25. Christine in Maine April 29, 2019 at 11:57 am #

    Excellent immersion reporting in the previous post, Katrina. The human interest part made it especially compelling, and I was so thrilled that the man and his family survived the storm. Thank you for such a satisfying story! 🙂

  26. Marlene April 29, 2019 at 11:58 am #

    I’d love to read it. We watched the Imax, I think it was called, Tornado Alley. A replica was there of the TIV that weathered a tornado/s. So fascinating!

  27. Ruby April 29, 2019 at 12:01 pm #

    sounds VERY VERY interesting and informative info as well!!

    Ruby

  28. Sherri April 29, 2019 at 12:04 pm #

    I’ve never read this book, but I’d love to!

  29. Kayla April 29, 2019 at 12:08 pm #

    I’ve never read this book, and it sounds interesting! Especially since we frequently have tornado warnings.

    • NM April 29, 2019 at 4:27 pm #

      I’d be thrilled to win Shatterproof!

  30. Sharon B April 29, 2019 at 12:32 pm #

    I enjoy your interesting blog posts! Shatterproof sounds interesting too.

    • Glenda April 29, 2019 at 1:30 pm #

      Would love to read the book . Sounds interesting.

  31. Julie April 29, 2019 at 12:37 pm #

    I haven’t read this book and would enjoy it!! Being very close to a tornado on a family trip added some excitement and trepidation, but I am ok with living in PA where we don’t hear or see them very often.

  32. Rae April 29, 2019 at 12:38 pm #

    Who can resist a good book give away possibility? =) Been enjoying your blog posts of late.

  33. LaDella April 29, 2019 at 1:02 pm #

    I would love to read your book! I enjoy reading your blog!

  34. Crystal April 29, 2019 at 1:14 pm #

    I always enjoy your writing! Would love to read Shatterproof!

  35. Ruth Heatwole April 29, 2019 at 1:17 pm #

    I have read the book and would really enjoy having my own copy. 🙂

  36. Anna April 29, 2019 at 1:18 pm #

    Who can resist, indeed. I haven’t read this book and my Aunt Lucinda lived through it ( the one at Joplin), so I would find it very interesting. My Aunt lived in a part of town that wasn’t affected much, but they were on the road home and if I remember correctly, the tornado went through before they were back in town, so they didn’t know what they would find when they got home. My family lived in Indiana when the Palm Sunday tornado hit. I would have been 5 years old. Don’t remember it much for some reason. Probably because Mom didn’t get excited (at least on the outside) about storms. I look forward to each of your blogs wondering what you’ll have to write about next.

  37. Lena Graber April 29, 2019 at 1:52 pm #

    Thanks for your writings! I’ve seen Shatterproof but have never read it so I’d be happy to have a place in the drawing! God Bless You!

  38. Bev April 29, 2019 at 1:52 pm #

    Would love to read your book, Shatterproof!

  39. Regina April 29, 2019 at 1:53 pm #

    I would enjoy reading it.

  40. Heather April 29, 2019 at 2:11 pm #

    Would enjoy your book

    • Rosalie April 29, 2019 at 3:50 pm #

      I’ve read Shatterproof several years ago, but don’t own a copy. Living in Mississippi, we’ve had a record breaking number of tornadoes here in the state this year already. Although I grew up here, I never cease to fear them.

  41. Audra April 29, 2019 at 2:11 pm #

    I’d love to win this book- never read it!

  42. Rose April 29, 2019 at 2:12 pm #

    I enjoy reading your blogs. You’re an interesting writer, making the simple things in life
    an interesting story.

  43. Loveda Schrock April 29, 2019 at 2:13 pm #

    Thanks for using your God-given talent to bless people!

  44. Bernice Stoltzfus April 29, 2019 at 2:31 pm #

    Someday I want to read all your books! “Shatterproof” sounds like a good one to read first.

  45. Laura Hawbaker April 29, 2019 at 2:32 pm #

    Sounds like a great read. Good writing!

    • Rosalie April 29, 2019 at 3:51 pm #

      I’ve read Shatterproof several years ago, but don’t own a copy. Living in Mississippi, we’ve had a record breaking number of tornadoes here in the state this year already. Although I grew up here, I never cease to fear them.

  46. Joanna Yoder April 29, 2019 at 2:55 pm #

    Whoa, LOTS of comments already! Like everyone else, I would love to win & read the book!

  47. Emma April 29, 2019 at 3:31 pm #

    I read this book when we were in America two years ago. Made me thankful to live in a place with no tornadoes! I did see a funnel cloud once, when I was growing up in Michigan, but it didn’t touch down.

  48. Loretta April 29, 2019 at 3:53 pm #

    I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog since I discovered it. And I’m sure your book would be just as wonderful! Thank you for your refreshing writing! It’s always a pleasure and often a blessing!

  49. Connie Stoll April 29, 2019 at 5:11 pm #

    We had an F4 tornado come through our community in northern WI in 2017. I and my family were directly hit and it is a terrifying experience! Our church library has a copy (I think they still do; I shall check the next time I am there) and I was always fascinated by that book.

  50. Rachel April 29, 2019 at 6:03 pm #

    I’ve never read this book but I’d LOVE to!

    • Ellie Miller April 29, 2019 at 9:54 pm #

      I go shopping in Joplin all the time. I miss some of the stores that were destroyed. I would love to read this book.

  51. Wanda April 29, 2019 at 7:14 pm #

    I’d love to read this book!!

  52. Lois Reed April 29, 2019 at 7:27 pm #

    We have enjoyed “Rebuilding Hope” that is a CAM book in response to disasters. I don’t think I ever read Shatterproof, but would enjoy it
    One July day, the last one,in 1985 there was a small tornado struck houses just being built just behind us. Frank ran out after it passed by and found a worker with stilts strapped on that had flown across the road. He had been working on finishing drywall. An amazing thing to me was that evening there was a steady flow of traffic back the street which usually had almost no traffic. People were curious!

  53. Sharon Brubacher April 29, 2019 at 8:33 pm #

    Hi Katrina, Thank you for all of your words . . . I find your blog inspiring, hilarious, and thought provoking, all in turn, and thoroughly enjoy reading it! I first got to know your writing when I read “Blue Christmas”, dear to my heart since serving in Haiti myself. Then I devoured your blog posts about your job as a nurse as I went through nursing school and started my career.
    I would love to read more, and Shatterproof sounds like a touching book, all about people and their stories. I’d love to win it!
    Thanks, Sharon

  54. Ellie Miller April 29, 2019 at 9:57 pm #

    I go shopping in Joplin all the time. I miss some of the stores that were destroyed. I would love to read this book.

  55. Ellie Miller April 29, 2019 at 9:59 pm #

    I go shopping in Joplin all the time. I miss some of the stores that were destroyed. I would love to read this book. There are many touching stories.

  56. Becky April 29, 2019 at 10:13 pm #

    I’ve read this book but don’t have my own copy. My cousins farm was just hit by a tornado a week ago. The children were in the top of the barn and decided to go down. The last one down was being pulled up but made it to safety just moments before the top of the barn was taken. We thank God for their safety. I’d enjoy reading this book again and my children would enjoy it also.

  57. Stephanie Horst April 29, 2019 at 10:25 pm #

    I have been reading your blog and really enjoy it. I would love to win your book.

  58. Coleen April 29, 2019 at 10:27 pm #

    I would enjoy reading it!

  59. Sherri April 29, 2019 at 10:31 pm #

    I’d love to win this book!

  60. Rachel April 29, 2019 at 11:11 pm #

    Count me in on your book draw please😊

  61. Ruth April 30, 2019 at 1:17 am #

    I’d like to read this book -thanks for the opportunity to win it.

  62. Louise April 30, 2019 at 6:22 am #

    I would love to read this book! Thanks for doing a giveaway 😊

  63. Gina May 1, 2019 at 1:34 pm #

    My children borrowed this book and read it, but if I owned it, maybe I’d get a chance to read it too. Though you don’t have to worry about me running toward tornadoes.
    Gina

    • Katrina May 1, 2019 at 1:40 pm #

      Nope, not me either. I have to say that if I saw one from a distance, not moving toward me, I would stop and take a photo. But that’s about it.

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