Heartprints of Africa: A Family's Story of Faith, Love, Adventure, and Turmoil (East Africa series) (Volume 1) Paperback – September 17, 2015
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About the Author
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 17, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 252 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1516810678
- ISBN-13 : 978-1516810673
- Item Weight : 12.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.63 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #958,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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I appreciated her ability to speak frankly about the struggles and conflicts that come with family life under the stress of many inconveniences, illnesses and cultural adjustment, while showing honor and respect for her parents and siblings. Even as she describes the most difficult and heart wrenching experiences, she does so with a forgiving and an understanding heart.
This book resonated so strongly with my own African experience, that I found myself thinking, “The next time someone asks me what it was like to grow up in Africa, I am just going to tell him to read this book.” If that was all that was accomplished, it would have been enough for me.
But that isn’t all! The adventures of the author’s childhood are tied together with a nail-biting account of a modern day evacuation from political upheaval in rural Uganda. Interspersed in this intense narration are humorous interludes and observations, along with the beautiful story of the connectedness of twins.
All this is tied up in a lovely packaged of the author’s description of heartprints, “life experiences, victories, struggles, and wounds are their ridges and valleys”. This theme is carried out in the book to help the reader contemplate how our past experiences inform our present decisions.
One of the best memoirs I have read. Looking forward to seeing what will come next for this author.
The book goes back and forth between Cinda's childhood in Africa to present day Africa where her twin sister is living as a missionary with her family. It's great to see how her twin sister Linda is raising her own children in Africa. Unfortunately, disputes between various tribes and the military leave the family in a precarious position....leaving them with the dilemma of whether to stay or evacuate. Cinda brings the past and present to life with an amazing tale of 3 generations of a family living and loving in the far off land of Africa. I highly recommend this book. Reading it is like going on an adventure along with a loving, adventuresome family to an exotic, far away land!!!
Top reviews from other countries
I loved reading about the author’s swashbuckling, fearless missionary father and his remarkably capable wife as they set off with their five young children for a new life at a mission hospital in Uganda.
Their lives there, particularly for the children, sound idyllic, with the freedom to run and climb and explore wild places, encouraged by their parents. They also assisted during operations and had to take care of themselves when their father was seriously ill and their mother away visiting her parents in the United States. They certainly were self-reliant, and the family were tightly bonded and loving, particularly the author and her twin sister. Their mother taught them to ‘do what you have to do’ and that is what they did.
Reading this book was a trip down memory lane, as I knew many of the places mentioned, as well as the Swahili language.
There were occasions when I became a little lost, as the narrative moves between the 1960s and the early 21st century and the family frequently travelled around from mission to mission, but that doesn’t detract from a very enjoyable and inspirational read. The book has been very well written, well edited and impeccably formatted and is certainly worthy of 5 stars.