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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris, Corp. (October 25, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401012809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401012809
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,669,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeneil Palmer Russell and her husband Brandon are currently stationed at Fort Bragg, NC, where Brandon is an Army pilot. Jeneil works as a computer programmer at the medical center on Fort Bragg. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 1997. During her college years, she got the opportunity to travel to Ethiopia, and work at a medical mission in Addis Ababa.

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While reading her book, you will at once want to laugh and cry.
Thomas Strickland
The book captured her deep love of God and her complete trust and unending faith in Him.
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A wonderful story about how this young girl spent her time in a very harsh environment.
Marge Govoni

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By chandra on January 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is my second time reading Sunburned Faces. The first was soon after Jeneil came back from her term in Ethiopia. She was my roommate in college and is one of my best friends. I must say that she is an amazing woman. To meet her, you might think that she is quiet and intelligent, and not the type to travel to Ethiopia for three months to work in an orphanage. But her spirit, her faith, and her love for God allow her to be fearless. Sunburned Faces details her journey, day by day. A journey that most of us would not make. You see how she almost did not make it. But what a testimony that she did.
What I like the most about Sunburned Faces is that it's as if Jeneil is right there with you. It's funny because as I've been reading it, I've gone longer without calling her. I forget that I haven't talked to her because she writes just like she speaks and it's like you're right there listening.
She is so honest. She does not try to impress you with all the brave things she has done. She does not try to make you believe that she is someone that she is not. She simply states the facts, for good and for bad. I love this humility. She makes you believe that you can do something brave. And that God will work it for good in your life.
I love my friend to life, but that's not why I recommend her book. Sunburned Faces causes you to step back, to get perspective. It grounds you. It makes you realize what's really important. It makes you cry. And it definitely makes you laugh. (Thanks for all the poop details, Jeneil!) It truly makes you wonder and ask questions about things you take for granted. And to ask forgiveness for ever taking anything for granted. To really question your purpose and whether you're fulfilling God's important will for your life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janice A. Russell on February 9, 2002
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Once you have read one page in the book "Sunburned Faces", you will be hooked... The Author's writing is amazing, she has the ability to bring you with her, on her journey through Ethiopia. You will not be just reading a story... you will be living it.
You will no doubt do a major reality check on your own wants and needs... and believe me, your desires will be challenged as you read on... and realize the things that you already have, and take for granted. We really are a country of people that are obsessed with material things, always wanting bigger and better things. You will probably feel very selfish as you read about how the people in Ethiopia live from day to day. People young and old are very sick without the medical care that is needed... for them to survive. They are hungry, without the food that they need... to survive. They are totally dependant on mostly volunteers to clean, nurse and feed them .
The Author of this book is truely amazing in many ways... she never asks God for anything material for herself, only for His guidance and a clear picture of His Will.
Being a very young woman in a place where she knows no one... cannot turn around and just go home when the going gets tough... shows remarkable strength, belief and her trust in God.
Also amazing to me, and most likely many others... is the fact that she doesn't have any desires to get rich off of her book... she will send all proceeds from her book right back to where her story comes from. She is definately the most unselfish young woman that I have ever known through the reading of a book. As you read "Sunburned Faces" you too will feel that you know her personally.
Janeil Palmer Russell, Thank you for sharing your experiences with the world.
Sincerely,
Janice A. Russell
(No relation to Jeneil, with the exception of being one of God's children)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marge Govoni on April 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
I found this book to very interesting and enlightning. A wonderful story about how this young girl spent her time in a very harsh environment. She was so descriptive I felt like I was there with her. This was a hard book to put down especially when you realized this was fact not fiction. I would like to read more from this excellent author.
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Any review I can give this book cannot do it justice. I read this book in one sitting and I was truly touched. Forget the fact that Jeneil and I have been friends for years before and after her sojourn, and that I witnessed her transformation from girl to woman - this book reached me at my core. The trials, the tests, the testiments, the connections, were all honest, real and revealing. It gave me a better understanding of Jeniel and her faith in God. While reading I found myself thanking God for Jeneil, for bringing her through, for touching her hands to serve. The range of emotions I felt were God sent and I found myself cheering, crying, laughing with her and the other patients and workers on their daily travels. I highly recommend this book to anyone who years to see humanity and God wrapped into one text.
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