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Hope in the Dark Paperback – June, 2006

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"Be transformed by the collision of fragile humanity and vibrant cultures, as this book exposes hope that outshines the dark." -- Dan Haseltine, lead singer of Jars of Clay

"It allows us to visit the people of Africa, realize their strength and wrestle with the realities of this world." -- Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz

"The beauty of this book supersedes the stunning imagery and insightful commentary. -- Matt Wertz, musician

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Twenty-five years ago, AIDS was unknown in sub-Saharan Africa. Today it's overwhelmingly the continent's biggest killer. In Hope in the Dark, photojournalist Jeremy Cowart documents the hope and pain of Africa's AIDS generation - a generation beset by poverty and fear, a generation in which children in some countries are more likely to die of AIDS than not. But despite the sickening odds, Cowart captures brief glimpses of beauty, optimism and joy as he makes his way across the continent. Through this collection of startling, remarkable images, his lens uncovers not just the magnitude of the problem, but also the places where God is undeniably present in the midst of it.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Relevant Books (June 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976817578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976817574
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,373,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Yvonne M. Shorb on July 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
I just returned from a missions trip to Kenya. Someone from our team "came across" this book, and when she got it showed it to me. She said before I saw it, "I think you're going to want to get your own copy." When I saw it, I knew within minutes that she was right. I would want my own copy to look at over and over again and to share with others. When you work in the rural villages of Kenya it is difficult to put into words to people at home all the sights and sounds you experienced and the way your heart is captured. This book aptly does that with the insightful commentary written and the wonderful pictures. I wish I could buy the book for every member of our team! It's a wonderful reminder of the warm, hospitable, appreciative people to whom and with whom we ministered. It's also a realistic reminder of how much we take for granted in America and how needy the rest of the world is. As I read the page on choices, or on Africans pitying Americans, or about the lack of water, I found myself crying as I remembered and saying, yes, yes, that's how it is! It is a beautiful book and one that can also challenge you. It also has suggestions of ways to help with many organizations listed. If you have any interest in Africa at all, this book is a must have!
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Our country is beginning to awaken to the unfair realities that exist for the majority of people in the world. This book is a photographic journal of Jeremy and Jena's journey through the most desperate parts.

As I look at it, I am reminded of my own prosperity. At the same time, I am stirred to move, to love, to give more than I receive.

I think this was one of the most profound parts of the book:

An African man, dressed in a white shirt, was standing in the middle of a typical African field. You can see a blurry mound of sand in the background. A couple of trees behind in on the right and left help frame the picture. By American standards, this man looks what we would call "homeless" by the weathering of his face. His shirt looks like that of a second hand clothing store. He wears a floppy hat to shade him from the sun. His hands are crossed at his waist over the top of a cane that is propping him up. His eyes peer into the camera - as if they were looking right into my eyes. There is a calm assurance to them - something mysterious - almost content. The quote on the neighboring page reads:

"We know that Americans pity Africans," he told me. "But sometimes I think Africans pity Americans.

"How so?" I asked him.

"Americans seem to expect that everything will be provided for them. For us," he said, "this ear of corn is a gift from God. This evening's rain is a shower of mercy upon us. This healthy breath is life-giving. And maybe tomorrow we will not have such things, but our hearts are so full of God's provision."
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This book is amazing. With the stunning photography of Jeremy Cowart and beautiful reflections by Jena Lee, this book hits the heart. It's one thing to read about Africa, but it's another to be there - and this book takes you there. Don't hesitate; buy this book! You won't regret it. But do more than read it - share it with your friends and family, and give your time, effort, money, and prayers to our brothers and sisters in Africa.
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By N. Swonger on November 6, 2006
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This book is amazing! I bought it for my classroom. As a result of this book, my 4th grade public school students are joining in on the Blood:Water Mission . I showed them the pictures and read the book to them. We were able to talk about all of the resources we take for granted here in the States. They were able to find creative ways to raise money for wells in Africa.
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By K. Cook on November 3, 2006
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I love this book. It has awesome pictures of Africa, and it captures the emotions of people very well. When I first read the book, it almost made me cry because it is very wonderful. It really makes you appreciate what you have in life. I recommend this book to anyone!
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Jeremy Cowart is an amazing photographer and he's done a great job capturing the hearts and lives of these people. Jena's captions are thought-provoking and pairing them with Cowart's work was a good idea. I would definitely recommend this!
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The pictures are beautiful; some of them are only templates begging for words, but they convey the stuff that Africa is made off: the wood, the mud... The children's faces are smiling, always innocent and beautiful. The older people show resilience, dignity, and an expression that seems to say: 'It's done, I'm almost there'. The more enigmatic faces are of those in between, the young and middle ages; they are going through it. Most of these people dress clean clothes, specially the women. The book does a good job in that it makes the pictures alive, and their protagonists almost speak to us (although whatever they say depends on the listener).

One gets an idea of what Africa looks like. The landscapes under ominous skies, the muddy lanes, the water streams in front of the doors threatening with floods. I felt, however, that I wanted to know more about specifics in these people's lives. Their problems are mentioned as in headlines. I know it wasn't meant to be for this book but, still, I feel I would have liked to know even just a little more about those people in the pictures, from themselves, in their words.
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