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About the Author

Dr. Marty Makary is a professor at Johns Hopkins University and New York Times best-selling author of Unaccountable. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, Time, and Newsweek and is a frequent medical commentator of CNN and FOX News. He has led projects for the World Health Organization and is an advocate for quality and safety in healthcare. He lives in Washington, DC area.



Ellen Vaughn is an award-winning author whose works include The Strand and Gideon's Torch, co-authored with Charles Colson. Former vice president of executive communications for Prison Fellowship, Vaughn has also served as a speech writer and fund-raising consultant. She and her husband, Lee, live in Virginia with their three children.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 10, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718022033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718022037
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this book cover to cover in one sitting because the story is so compelling. How one woman's heart can hold so much compassion and be so willing to give up all of her advantages and privileges in life to reach out to the poorest of the poor. She has truly found the way to true riches and we could all learn a lot from her example. What I really love is that the proceeds of the sale of this book are going to help the poor in the garbage dumps of Egypt. BUY THIS BOOK-you get a wonderfully told story, history of the ancient land of Egypt, the key to true fulfillment and you get to literally donate to help these people. WIN WIN WIN WIN Can't NOT buy it! Nancy-ABQ
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The world does not often understand what God values, but Mama Maggie does...love others first...servanthood. The quality which characterized the life of Jesus was servanthood. After reading this book I came away thinking that she is secure about her identity in Christ so she can totally focus on doing the work that God calls her to do. Mama Maggie's life story is beautiful and beautifully told in this book.
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There was a time, not so long ago, when stories from out of the Mideast rarely made news in the West. Those days changed, likely forever, with the 9/11 attacks. It is likely that the world did not change on that date, but the average American’s view of it certainly seemed to do so. Today we find our news full of stories from that area—stories of death and destruction, of escape, and of terrorism. Mama Maggie, by Marty Makary also comes with some of the same news, but more importantly, it provides a story of a woman sacrificing for others, even in the face of all of those tragedies.

Mama Maggie, born Maggie Gobran, is an Egyptian Coptic Christian. Having grown up in a well-to-do family, she nonetheless found her home and calling with the poor who live outside greater Cairo, in the waste from the city. Fifty thousand such residents pick up and sort the city’s trash, looking for anything that can be re-used, re-cycled, re-furbished—or all too often, simply eaten. Almost half of the children born there will die before the age of five—and all this within sight of a “modern” city.

The woman in white, Mama Maggie, seeks God in unlikely places and brings Him to the suffering “garbage people” of Cairo and elsewhere. For years, she has encouraged people around the world to help her in her cause, becoming a sort of Mother Theresa to the area and for this age. She has provided food, built schools, provided medical care, and more. Her story will challenge readers and will open their eyes to the plight of a religious minority in a part of the world increasingly under attack from ideological/religious zealots.

Notwithstanding the difficult lives I read about in Mama Maggie, I found Makary’s emphasis to mirror Mama Maggie’s own.
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. . . for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
A timeless message told anew in the story of Mama Maggie: children are highly regarded by God. This book reminds us that meaningful care for the least of these was and always will be the highest of callings. Ellen Vaughn’s compelling and engaging narrative style reflects the practical outworking of an inward commitment to love in the poignant telling of the life of Mama Maggie. Mama Maggie has sought not only to pray, but to become prayer as Saint Francis of Assisi encouraged. The result? A life of radiant joy, centered peace, life-giving humility poured out into so many—yes, a living prayer. On this side of heaven, I doubt we would be able to conceive of the impact of this one visionary woman . . . but I would like to imagine, and one day hear those stories—unto the third and fourth generations--also told.
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Everyone should read this book! The truth about "other people" living in "other environments" should galvanize each reader to thank God for their own life styles, to walk close to Christ, and to stretch out a hand of help (with money in it!) to ease the immeasurable need for children living that "other", "over there" life!!
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Makary and Vaughn channel the spirit of Mama Maggie through their simple, sophisticated writing styles that mirror Mama Maggie's humility and passion in such a way that leaves readers feeling nothing short of inspired. The powers of love, faith, and perseverance are beautifully described with the turn of every page and lessons learned along Mama Maggie's journey appeal to all readers. I found myself examining my own environment and how I can be an agent for social change in even a fraction of the way Mama Maggie has been in her community. Absolutely love that the book is paying it forward by donating proceeds to Mama Maggie's charity, Stephen's Children, since I became so inspired by the cause while reading the book. An all around wonderful book and absolute must read!
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I'm so inspired by this story! A big thank you to the authors, Ellen Vaugh and Marty Makary, for helping share Mama Maggie's mission, and for drawing attention to the needs of these children.
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Before this book, I was woefully uninformed about the extraordinary work of Momma Maggie among Coptic Christians living in the garbage slums of Cairo. This powerful and timely story provides insight on the poverty and persecution of some of Egypt's Christian community and inspiration on how one person, empowered by God, can impact hearts and lives. It's a story that needs to be read, told, and retold.
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