Friday, August 12, 2011

Tombstones and Banana Trees: A Book Review

About The Book:

Growing up with a violent father in the country of Uganda in the 1960s, Medad Birungi faced physical and emotional pain that few people can imagine--yet today he speaks of a revolutionary forgiveness we all can experience.

Once a boy who begged to die by the side of the road, once a teenager angry enough to kill, once a man broken and searching, today Medad is a testimony to God's transforming power. Through his story of healing, Medad calls readers to find healing from their own emotional scars. As Medad's remarkable journey shows, when people forgive each other, they are doing something truly radical. They are changing relationships, communities, countries. They are welcoming God into the corners of the human soul, where real revolution begins.

About The Author:

Reverend Medad Birungi is a Bible teacher, a university lecturer, a pastor, and the founder of World Shine Ministries, an organization that seeks to evangelize, disciple, and intercede in prayer in Uganda and around the world. Medad and his wife have five children and live in Uganda

My Review:

This is the remarkable life story of Reverend Medad Birungi and his journey of forgiveness. It is written very well, yet was difficult at times to read, as you hear of the atrocities that occur in the cultures of Uganda and Africa. I can't imagine experiencing all that he did. But what a testament of God's mercy, grace and hand of guidance seen in Birungi's life. With harsh honesty and reality, this is a story that needs to be read by everyone, but especially those dealing with very difficult experiences, like abuse, in life. 

It is a wonderful example that when we choose to forgive others who have hurt us, and allow God to heal that wonderful things can, and will, happen. It does not mean the journey is going to be quick or easy, as seen by Reverend Birungi's life, but life is not meant to be easy. The premise of the book is clear: it is only God's grace that true healing, forgiveness and reconciliation can occur.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!.

BUY IT: You can purchase Tombstones and Banana Trees at your favorite bookseller from David C. Cook

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of The B and B Media Group and David C. Cook, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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