Saturday, August 17, 2013

12 Days in Africa: A Mother's Journey by Lisa Sanders {Book Review}

Lisa traveled to Uganda with her teenage son on a 12 day mission trip. In an orphanage, her world view abruptly changed as she held a shivering, emaciated little boy who lay dying of malaria. This experience and others while on the trip were so profound that she is compelled to share them with you. Come and walk with Lisa through Uganda as God shows her His different definitions of “mother.”

From the publisher: All profits from this book will be donated to build lifesaving wells in villages desperate for clean water.

I enjoyed this book for the details of her trip and her experiences there. Some of them similar to my trip to Ethiopia, but some of them different as she was out in the country and we were near the city. I did find the book a little disjointed, though. The author states that this book grew out of a pamphlet she created for people who asked about her trip and to give out at her presentations. I can see this, as the beginning of the book is more like a bullet point format. For the first several chapters she lists people's names and city names and then describes them. The later chapters of the book where she includes her stories and stories from others that went with her were much more enjoying. I found myself reading the first several chapters as if they were a dictionary to help understand the rest of the book, and then the "meat" of the book felt too short. There were also times where she would relate a story from an event and then a couple chapters later re-visit the event with more detail. I would have preferred to have both of those stories together and given greater detail. Overall, this book is a good, quick read allowing you to see some of the amazing things that happen when you allow God to use your heart to mother those who aren't your own.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.


About the Author:
Lisa Sanders followed her new husband to Alaska for his first job out of college. Twenty-six years later, with a successful business and her last child about to leave for college, she discovered in Uganda that the gifts of mercy, love, and compassion given to women are meant to be shared with children not only in our own homes, but across the street and around the world. Lisa lives in Anchorage, Alaska, with her husband Greg, two dogs, and her two sons when they are not away at University. She serves on the board of directors for Hope4Kids International.

BookSneeze® provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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