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The Boy With A Bamboo Heart: The story of the street orphan who built a charity. By Amporn Wathanvongs with Chantal Jauvin. Kindle Edition
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"Dr Amporn's remarkable story is not about childhood survival or war-time battles, rather a life-long struggle to defeat his demons and transform his fate" Nelson Rand, author and journalist "While the very first few chapters of this book will have you on the edge of tears, what unravels is a gripping cycle of misery, hope and inspiration that has you willing for a triumphant ending. It is in all essence a true reflection of human resolve, hope and the simple will to survive." Thailand Life Blog --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- File size : 2688 KB
- Print length : 288 pages
- Publication date : September 20, 2015
- Publisher : Maverick House (September 20, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B015NFKRZ4
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,633,382 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Somewhere in the book, readers can find a spiritual pathway of a young man who keeps trying his best to navigate his inner-self in seeking of enlightenment, either when being a monk and later a baptized Christian. All we can see is his courageousness, determination to fight against the evils inside himself, to overcome moments of self-loathing in search for love and great deeds. The author also shows her masterful skills in using conversations to deftly answer some spiritual questions we all struggle with.
The story is, by all means, no short of a hero’s journey, the type that Joseph Campell has generalized in The hero’s journey. The beauty of this unique journey lies in the fact that it is a true story of an ordinary person becoming a hero not by superpower but by making difficult choices in many heart-wrenching situations. “The world has much need for everyday heroes, the people who inspire us to reach a little further, a littler higher, or a little longer. The people who set our imagination on fire and make us believe that if we try hard enough, we can make a difference.” Chantal Jauvin, in writing Dr. Amporn's story has given inspiration to not only Thais but to anyone who thinks their obstacles in life are insurmountable.
Chantal has incorporated her sharp mind of an acclaimed international barrister and her quest for exploring other cultures and connecting with people from all walks of life into writing The Boy with a Bamboo Heart, which makes the book a riveting memoir of a no ordinary life.
“The Boy with a Bamboo Heart” is the suspenseful, inspiring and deeply moving story of Amporn Wathanavongs' ascension from poverty in extremis to become a noted philanthropist and foster dad to thousands of sick and impoverished Thai children through his establishment in 1998 of FORDEC (Foundation for Rehabilitation and Development of Children and Family).
Orphaned at 5, Lek scratched the dirt for food scraps alongside wild dogs in rural Thailand. During his journey he morphed into a blood-thirsty boy soldier in Cambodia, studied to become a Buddhist monk, fed his voracious reading habit, and ironed shirts to realize his dream of securing an education so he could gain entrée into the hierarchical Thai business community.
Armed with heroic inner strength, he overcame unspeakable adversity and crippling self-loathing to achieve success, gain spirituality, and realize his long-held desire to have a family.
You’d be hard pressed to find a more compelling story celebrating the indomitable human spirit.From the onset of this heart-wrenching saga, where an inconsolable little boy clings to his dead mother, “The Boy with a Bamboo Heart” is a well-crafted, fast paced real-life story enlivened by searing imagery and strong dialogue by first-time author Chantal Jauvin, in collaboration with Dr. A. (This is no easy feat. Author Jauvin knocks one out of the park her first time at bat.)
If you're looking for a page-turner for yourself, or to give as a gift, look no further than “The Boy with a Bamboo Heart.”