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From Refugee to Prodigy: A Story of Loss, Love and New Life Paperback – March 26, 2014


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 26, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496189892
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496189899
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,975,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

On December 24, 1989, civil war broke out in the small West African state of Liberia. The war lasted over fourteen years. The casualties are heart rending: 250,000 deaths, 150,000 internally displaced, 850,000 refugees in neighboring countries, and a country completely destroyed. Marvin Garbeh Davis Jr. was born to teenage parents during this period and was raised by his grandparents at Buduburam refugee camp for most of his childhood under intense fear and uncertainty. This is book is about his experiences as a refugee and his journey to America. He graduated from Cuttington University, Bong County, Liberia, in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Peace and Development Studies, and he also holds a Masters Degree in International Studies from Chapman University, Orange, California, United States of America. He has worked with several Non Governmental Organizations in Liberia and West Africa, and also as a research assistant during his two years of graduate school at Chapman University. He is happily married to his high school sweetheart, Nyanda Finda Davis, and they have been blessed with a son, Lyndon, who they named after Marvin's late adopted mother Lynn Bain.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 24, 2014
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If you decide to write a book and put your story out there for the public to read, you need to be truthful. I'm sure nobody forced you to write a book. You don't need to lie that you're born 1989, when you know you were born 1986. You don't need to fabricate stories to fit in your fictional timeline of things. You don't need to lie and say your first time meeting your mother was when you came back from Ghana, when you know you had seen and been with her loooong before then. The war in Liberia affected in some way everyone present at the time, so you don't need to blow things out of proportion that happened to you during and after that time because you were looking for help. Misleading those who don't know you will not help you in your "presidential campaign". In order to rule a nation, you'll have to sort out your "family issues" first. If you decide to write a book, don't write lies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 12, 2014
Welsh u know the truth but decided to write a bunch of lies about your family, becos u wanted the sympathy of that innocent lady. but the truth will always be the same and no matter how distorted you make it, in your heart, u will always know that you had the most loving family who cherished you but in your quest come to america, u chose to play on the emotions of Lynn Bain by tarnishing your family, but God will be the judge. firstly u know u were not borned in 1989, but 1986. I will help you remembering the truths.
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Excellent book! Very interesting to read about boy raised in another country and his life and accomplishments. The education he pursued and the accomplishment of the degrees he achieved, he is an incredible man. I hope he can follow this book with some more of his life accomplishments.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 9, 2014
This book is written by my dear friend's adopted son. He brought such joy to her life. I remember the first time she told me about Marvin. She was filled with such pride and love I'd never seen in her before. That is amazing because we shared many hours of prayer for and with our patients. Now that I've read Marvin's story, I see the power and healing love can bring. This young man has already overcome so much in life and his vision for his future is one I can't wait to witness over the years. He's going to do great things for Liberia. You will be touched by his life. You will never be the same after reading his story. You will be inspired.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric N. Dean on May 14, 2014
Upon getting a copy of this book, I was excited to get a first hand information about this young man's journey through time. However, I was not let down. His story was not like a fairytale one but eventually joy had it's last chance which brought back mr. smile on Marvin's face. This book served as his legacy and reflect his light shinning to the world so that others can emulate his example. This book is a treasure that anyone who think that things will always be the same for them can relate to. Truly, keep up the good works and never settle for less because your spirit of enthusiasm is beyond all boundaries.
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