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The author paints vibrant vistas and experiences with her words, one can truly imagine relaxing on the cool porch, morning light growing as one sips sweet chai tea. Or trying to sleep with lions roaring or artillery explosions not so far away. Gracefully and effortlessly the tome flows back and forth, a gentle ebb and flow that spans 40 years. The gossamer threads of thought, emotions, and experiences weave together in a beautiful tapestry of Life.
The craftsmanship is exquisite! The voice change is incredible ... seeing and hearing the impressions and perceptions of a 5-year-old, then that voice matures through time and experiences of life. Tight bonds of Love, Family, and Faith grow even stronger through the challenging times and wondrous adventures. It is ingeniously embellished by excerpts from the beautifully detailed letters written by Martha(Mother) and John(Daddy) ...Absolutely Masterful!
I have read the book twice and am on my third reading (something I just don't do) .. and the discoveries keep coming!!!!
This is Volume 1 .... Can't wait for Volume 2!
The theme is found in the title: Heartprints. “Like a thumbprint, a heartprint is unique. Life experiences, victories, struggles, and wounds are their ridges and valleys. Unlike footprints, swept away as a fading memory, they endure and connect across generations and cultures.” Her story is full of heartprints that contrast with candid accounts of seeming futility due to the East African cultural lack of accountability necessary for maintaininng gifts of the western world. Unlike futile physical gifts, heartprints are reciprocal.
Those bullets at the beginning set the story stage. The story line weaves across time, comparing missionary life as it was when the Twindas were young with tense conditions at the time of the return visit. I developed deep respect for Mrs. Adams, a true Proverbs 31 woman able to plan annual shopping trips for a year’s supplies, home school five children, house and cook for a small army of visitors, and make rounds of the village – often while suffering bouts of malaria. Dr. Adams deepened the kids’ love of Africa with frequent safaris and cross-country trips in their Land Rovers.
Besides tension and local color, the story is full of humor, sometimes unintentional. For example, after hearing about “colored people,” the twins expected to see people with skin colored blue, green, or whatever. Months passed before they accepted the reality that “color” was limited to hues of brown. Clothing differences were another source of humor. “I could be topless, bare, and with boobs bouncing – no different from exposed elbows – but heaven forbid I should show my legs.”
Cinda Brooks does a splendid job of laying out pictures of African missionary life back then and more recently, showing how it has affected three generations of Adams family members while leaving us to draw our own conclusions. While a bit ragged at times, the writing is real and authentic, and the story carries the day. I admire and respect her candor and feel it truly deserves five stars. I look forward to reading future volumes in this series.