Light Notes

'The Survivors Club' highlights role of faith

SPOKANE — There’s nothing like a book to put you in a different frame of mind.

I had a good one to read when I boarded the airplane to fly to California.

“What are you doing?” my daughter, Traci, asked as she adjusted her seatbelt.

I turned around in my aisle seat as I made some mental notes.

“I’m counting the number of seats to the rear exit,” I replied while I reached to see how the seat cushion detached. “It says in my book about survival that it’s important to be prepared.”

Traci looked at me quizzically and followed my eyes to the ceiling of the plane where I counted the ridges.

“And now what are you doing!" she exclaimed with mild agitation.

I replied, “Well, just in case the plane is upside down and it’s dark, I’ll be able to find all the exits.”

Secretly, my eldest was beginning to worry about her mother. But in reality, she should be worried about the folks reading their newspapers or chatting during the flight attendant’s emergency instructions — especially if they were sitting in the exit row.

According to Ben Sherwood, author of The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life, a person only has 90 seconds to escape in a flight emergency. That means you should have a plan in place should the worst happen.

But when a crisis of any kind happens — a car accident, violent crime, serious illness or financial trouble — there are ways to beat the odds. The book is a survival guide that could come in handy.

Since I wasn’t finished with my paperback, I opened it as we prepared for takeoff.

Violent wind gusts shook the small jet. The exits were farther away than optimum. We were sitting in Row 13.

No wonder the author talks about the role of faith in survival. It looked as if we’d be taking off on a wing and a prayer.