Monday, July 4, 2011

Tombstones and Banana Trees

Tombstones and Banana Trees, Medad Birungi and Craig Borlase, David C. Cook, Memoir, July 1st 2011, 208 pages.

Tombstones And Banana TreesSynopsis: 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.

My thoughts: One way to describe this book is truly inspiring. I believe anyone can benefit from this book, which makes it successful, in my estimation. It certainly inspired me. It teaches that forgiving is hard, which it certainly is, and gives a personal account of how difficult.

One thing that I continually enjoy about reading foreign memoirs such as this is that each one has a different feel to it. An alternative way of speaking and narrating. This one didn't disappoint in that aspect, and it also gives a look into Ugandan culture.

I certainly recommend this book to anyone, familiar with Uganda or not, interested in memoirs or not, this ought to convict you.

*This ARC was provided free by The B&B Media. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.*

My rating: 5 stars

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  1. Cool! I found the title of this book to be rather catchy (since it's so different) :P


  2. Sounds good. Can't wait to start reading it!