A Cracking of the Heart – by David Horowitz


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On Monday, October 26, Regnery published my new book, A Cracking of the Heart. It’s about my daughter Sarah, a remarkable human being, who died almost two years ago. This is her story, but it also the story of a father and daughter whose paths diverged (as parents’ and children’s will) and found each other along the way. It is the story of parent’s grief and discovery, and I hope it will be a solace to all those who lose loved ones along the way.

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“David Horowitz’s book is filled with the passion born of love and commitment to

family. It is a guide to family love and the triumphs of a wonderful daughter.”

—Juan Williams, author of Eyes on the Prize


“This extraordinary book is a father’s tribute to an amazing daughter who took on

the problems of her community and her world with no regard to her own physical

limitations. We treasure the time we had with this activist who left the world too

soon and are deeply moved by her father’s determination to tell her story that others

might walk in her path.”

—Ruth Messinger, President, American Jewish World Service


“David Horowitz understands tikkun olam from the inside out. He’s one of those rare

activists who is willing to learn from experience, from doubt, and from other people. I

encourage you all to do the same by engaging with his fine and heartfelt book.”

—Douglas Rushkoff, author of Life Inc. and Nothing Sacred

“A Cracking of the Heart will indeed crack your heart, as it did mine. Rarely has a

parent written so movingly of the life and death of a child as David Horowitz has

of his physically disabled yet powerfully alive daughter, Sarah. It is inconceivable to

me that there is a parent—or child—who will not be deeply affected by the wisdom

and the humanity of this book.”

—Dennis Prager, nationally syndicated radio talk show host, columnist, and bestselling

author of Happiness Is a Serious Problem

  • MarkR

    I will read this book. I never knew.

  • ScotHorn

    There is often a heart cracking story that lends you to feel cracked from your bottom to top.
    I mean to say is that
    one day an Dad was carrying his daughter from school to back home, but suddenly a High speed Truck came and thrashed the girl and her father was only seeing at that thrashed girl's body!

    See this much of crackling, can you imagine ” how that DAD was felt at that time?”
    Computer repair south London.

  • abrahamstubenhaus

    Dear Mr. Horowitz,
    I have not yet read your new book, but I look eagerly forward to reading it.
    Relevantly, speaking of books, Mr. Obama is now being strongly doubted as being the author of his “own” book!
    Ayers wrote the book in spite of Barack's famous quote, “Yeah, I know of Ayers, he lives in my neighborhood.”
    Last night on Shaun Hannity (I'm not crazy about Hannity, but…), it was said that the terrorist is the one who wrote that book which fooled America and got him elected for an eloquence he doesn't have.
    This is about to become an important news story. Mr. Obama lied to all of us, by allowing us to think that he could write like that. Andersen was on the TV program and he has proof that the files were physically transferred from the trunk of his car and that the syntax and vocabulary used, were shown to be straight out of Ayer's own writings.
    Thank you again for all you do for all of us!
    Love,
    Abraham Stubenhaus

  • cindycandy1

    The picture of her daughter brings back memories from mine. I miss my daughter.

  • USMCSniper

    Living the rest of your life without the physical presence of your child is painful and can be a lonely path to travel, as different people grieve in different ways. Some find it comforting to write about their feelings.. The coping strategy used is highly personal; there are no set rules, and not everyone has to agree on the type of memorial. For example, there is a company which assigns unnamed stars with the loved-one's name, supplying the astronomical information and a certificate of dedication. This is non-scientific, of course, and some would denounce the practice of selling star names. But the knowledge that there's a star in a certain constellation which shines in the name of the child can bring immense comfort to grieving parents and grandparents.

  • admanzion

    we should have to read this book

  • scottyga

    This article has been here for a few days and I am surprised by how few responses there are.

    I lost my wife unexpectedly 16 months ago and all I can say is grief sucks.

    I may not agree on all of David's positions but I am certain I will on this one.

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  • antioli

    Some of us would like to buy the book but can hardly make it financially.

    The congress left loop holes that enabled the Banks to kick up interest rates on debt out standing to such an extent that it would kick in Overdraft Charges.

    The Congress gave them to 2010 to change but that time out told the banks to kick up rates as high as possible as soon as possible. Seeing the abuse the the congress moved the stop date forward to December 09. However they left the excess OD charge to exist untill summer 2010.

    Therre was no reason for the lag time that congress gave the banks. It was a loop hole.

    So if donations and purchases are down remember that one overdraft charge could have bought the book.
    The banks by way of arbitrary pricing have infact caused a contraction in commerce.

  • abraham83

    Allthough I haven't read your book, only read an interview you did on it,David, I fully understand the dilema ex-Marxists encounter after having steeped their young children in left outlooks.

    I was once a communist activist in the late 60s, and early 70s and dragged my children around to meetings and conferences for years. Small wonder that when I finally came to my senses many years later, I left my sons mired in this inglorious past. Here I am now, a thoughtful conservative with grown children swallowing all the nonsense of the daily news and with a firm ideological hostility to their father. Yes, this is now certainly 'who they are', and I'm certain there is an internal confusion brought on by their torn identities to what they thought was their father. It is no easy task for them to simply 'change their minds', or 'listen to reason'.

    This situation is way beyond ordinary reason and will not be easily resolved.

  • nina

    * Claiming “Islam” means “peace” is fraudulent to begin with. Islam is an Arabic word. And the word for peace in Arabic is “solh,” and not Islam. Islam is derived from the root word “taslim,” which means submission or surrender. Hence, Islam’s true name, surrender, is in fact most descriptive of what it is: total, unconditional submission and surrender of the individual and the community to the will and dictates of Allah as revealed by his “rasool,” messenger, Muhammad.

    * A quick scan of the daily news shows the adherent of the religion of peace engaged in unspeakable acts of mayhem and murder in much of the world. There is hardly any need to allude to them here. But the Islamists have an answer for that too. Islam is not responsible, they say. It is only a bunch of opportunists who commit these acts for their own political and economic objectives. We are to believe that those daily suicide bombers explode their vests in the midst of marketplaces, funeral processions, and even mosques are doing so to further their own personal agenda.

    http://www.faithfreedom.org
    http://www.thereligionofpeace.com
    http://www.thethirdjihad.com

  • hsarnoff

    Four articles a day on the book. How long will this go on? We all feel sorry for his great loss but he needs to move on.

  • hoolad

    Islam is pure evil to the core. islam is not a religion but a political movement to achieve global dominance. Show me a churhc or a hindu temple or a jewish temple in saudia arabia. Go to Egypt and see how they deal with the Coptic Christains, the egyptians treat them like animals, burn down their chruches at every riot and they dont allow new chruches to be build, infact you have to ask permission from the president of egypt to build a church. Remind you, Egypt was a Coptic Christain Country before Islam took over with the sword and now coptic christains are a minority in their own country. I Guess the Swiss have realized the danger soon…..

    In Turkey, they have taken Hagia Sofia Church and turned it to a Mosque, then into a museum. Still they will not give back Hagia Sofia to be a church again. Muslims are hypocrates. Turkey has a mission to wipe off all churches and convert them into secular museums and thus will elimanate the christains populations.

    Christains are not allowed to be christains in middle-east, period. Now muslims shout. Give me a church, hindu temple, jewish temple, buddist temple or any other temple in the heart of Mecca or Medina and then I will voice my dis-taste for the swiss vote.

    http://www.faithfreedom.org
    http://www.thereligionofpeace.com
    http://www.thethirdjihad.com

  • hoolad

    Islam is pure evil to the core. islam is not a religion but a political movement to achieve global dominance. Show me a churhc or a hindu temple or a jewish temple in saudia arabia. Go to Egypt and see how they deal with the Coptic Christains, the egyptians treat them like animals, burn down their chruches at every riot and they dont allow new chruches to be build, infact you have to ask permission from the president of egypt to build a church. Remind you, Egypt was a Coptic Christain Country before Islam took over with the sword and now coptic christains are a minority in their own country. I Guess the Swiss have realized the danger soon…..

    In Turkey, they have taken Hagia Sofia Church and turned it to a Mosque, then into a museum. Still they will not give back Hagia Sofia to be a church again. Muslims are hypocrates. Turkey has a mission to wipe off all churches and convert them into secular museums and thus will elimanate the christains populations.

    Christains are not allowed to be christains in middle-east, period. Now muslims shout. Give me a church, hindu temple, jewish temple, buddist temple or any other temple in the heart of Mecca or Medina and then I will voice my dis-taste for the swiss vote.

    http://www.faithfreedom.org
    http://www.thereligionofpeace.com
    http://www.thethirdjihad.com

  • lorac22

    To hsarnoff – You write, “Four articles a day on the book. How long will this go on? We all feel sorry for his great loss but he needs to move on.”

    This is the most ignorant, insensitive, stupid, out-of-touch entry possible. People who are deeply grieved can't & don't “just move on.” Horowitz gave us all a big clue as to how sundered he was by his daughter's death. He said is was a cracking of the heart. That means grieved to the core & broken apart. I don't envy you & wouldn't want to be nearby when life teaches you certain lessons.

    As I think more about your awful comment I realize it comes from someone emotionally very out of touch. I need to have more compassion on you. Hope you thaw out & find your way.

  • eileendannemann

    The greater grief is not finding ways to resolve our conflicts and communicate our love to and amongst each other when we are alive.

  • Terry Gain

    I am sorry for your loss, David. You are a great man. I have profound respect for you. Thank you for having the courage and strength to open your heart to us.