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Beaded Hope Paperback – March 1, 2010
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What an unlikely-looking welcoming committee, Gabby considered. But maybe we look just as odd to them. Four women coming from the other side of the world―to do what? Save them? Save South Africa?
If they only knew. She couldn’t speak for the rest of her group. But didn’t she need someone just as badly to save her from herself?
When four women embark on a mission trip to South Africa, they all have selfish reasons for going. What none of them expects is how profoundly their lives will be transformed by those they meet.
A moving story about the power of faith and hope to overcome even the most tragic circumstances, Beaded Hope was inspired by a nonprofit organization of the same name. Learn more about it at www.beadedhope.com. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this novel will go to support Beaded Hope.
Top Customer Reviews
I loved this book because the African women were like women I have met in my years living there. Liggett portrays them as heroes--women with strong faith in God who open their homes to orphans and children on the street, women who visit the sick and aren't afraid to talk out loud about AIDS, women who love their children as passionately as you or I.
Switches in point-of-view to introduce the various characters slowed down the beginning a little bit. And of course, three scenarios also necessitated three endings. (Fewer than Tolkien!) But once I knew these women, both American and African, I was committed to seeing their journey through.
Calling Mamelodi a "village" is probably intended to convey the idea of a supportive community, but I suspect most readers visualize a smaller, more rural setting than the sprawling, peri-urban community of nearly a million people that is the real Mamelodi. But in the end, "Mamelodi" is a just name. This story could have taken place anywhere in South Africa, urban or rural.
Beaded Hope is about women helping women--African women helping each other and reaching out with grace to their clueless American visitors. The Americans go home changed, and readers will be too.
I thought that Beaded Hope was a great book. There was a bit of "The Lord will help you if you believe" type of praying, but I felt that was more about the characters personal problems and a part of what they did on their day-to-day life. I didn't feel like I was being beaten over the head with the preaching so that definitely made me enjoy the book more.
I ended up liking all of the main characters. They were all extremely flawed women and I was interested in whether or not they were going to solve their problems. The supporting characters in this book were amazing! I found myself shedding tears from one of their storylines and inspired by the countless others. Some of the book was a bit predictable (mainly the end to Gabby's storyline), but it didn't dampen my enjoyment of this book or its characters (mainly Cassandra, who I found hilarious).
So, in the end, I enjoyed reading Beaded Hope. It did drag a bit in the middle, it picked right back up after that. This was a great inspiring novel about the good of the human spirit and about what comes from helping one another. It's definitely recommended.
I cannot afford to take a trip to Africa to help but I can help with bracelet sales. I have gone to the website to order bracelets.
Here was the idea God gave me. Buy the book on Amazon to give to a friend. Buy a bracelet from the website. When giving the book give a wrapped package and card that is to be opened only after they have read the book. In the card let them know which of the ladies made their new gift and ask them to do the same for another friend.
I am the church Librarian and this book is going to our library. I will put a note inside the book with this idea and God will provide the Blessing.
Many Thanks to the author for using her skill as a writer and doing the part God laid out for her!!!! May God Bless you abundantly!
I would love to hear from other readers any ideas they might have or if you used the idea God gave me.
Now that we have a small way to help let's make sure we do our part!
I would definitely recommend Beaded Hope. In fact, I'm hoping to lead a book club on it--it's worth delving into and talking about with others.
I'll be keeping my eye out for other books by this author as well.
Kimberly Rae, author of Stolen Woman ([...])
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful! Kept me enthralling from start to finish. Inspiring, thought provoking read. I highly recommend!Published 24 days ago by JAC
"Beaded Hope" by Cathy Liggett 5-stars
5-stars (This is one of those stories that's better than a four-star, but perhaps not up to a five-star) What to do? Read more
A great story of faith ,hope, and unconditional love in the face of extreme poverty. I could not put this book down.Published 6 months ago by jean burch
Enjoyable read. That touched my life. As I read, I found myself trying to predict the ending. A book about changed attitudes and renewed love as they learned to care about others... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Penelope Wesley
Beaded Hope by Cathy Liggett is about 4 American women who are all trying to run from their troubled lives to embark on a mission trip to South Africa. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Finamoon
VERY upset to read the whole story only to find out it was fiction. Wouldn't have taken the time to read it nor given the money to purchase it had I known.Published 18 months ago by Deanna L Shepherd
Well written and such a wonderful example of love for one another.Published 24 months ago by June M. Stevenson