I don’t remember the exact time, but it has been several years since I’ve became connected to all things Africa. It probably started in college, then Invisible Children hit the scene in the mid 2000s, followed by a trip to Africa in 2007. I could go on for days and days about it, but suffice to say once you go to any part of Africa, you are changed forever. A book focusing on Africa and the LRA was one I couldn’t resist.
Together New York City surgeon Paul Branson and his wife, Nicki, had a dream: to help the people of the African bush. After Nicki’s untimely death, Paul decides to honor her memory and carry on alone. In South Sudan, he channels grief into hope, caring for villagers and working to save Leza, a little girl with leukemia who has captured his heart.
Meanwhile, Jason Quinn, terrorist leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, has deadly plans for the people of South Sudan. But he needs information to carry out his plot—information from research Paul did for the US government years ago. Quinn will stop at nothing to obtain this secret intelligence, even kidnap a dying child. Now, in order to save the ailing Leza and stop a genocide, Paul must go beyond his medical training to journey into a world of brutal terrorism and global intrigue. With only instinct and his faith as guides, how far will he go to save the lives of thousands?
One thing I didn’t expect from this book was the non stop action. It made for an action packed novel from the beginning with many turns. But it works. For the topic, the type of story and the message, this pace worked.
I also have to say I think Brobst did an excellent job shining light on the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) and human trafficking. It’s not easy to read (the complete lack of respect for human life can be hard to stomach), but an important one. This is real life for millions of people who are simply trying to survive.
I also appreciated how the beliefs and ways of life were portrayed. Another thing I strongly value is understanding the people you come in contact with (whether for missions, work, life, etc). While we don’t have to agree with the exact beliefs, it helps to draw people into deeper friendships (which can lead to important discussions and such).
This book reminded me of the need to be praying for so many and it makes me miss my friends I met while there. I love that this book expressed his passion for justice and being a part of the change in the world. If you interested in finding out more, I think this is a great place to start.
Do you know much about the LRA? Have you ever been to Africa (please share where if you have!)?
(Thank you to Rel Author Services for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)